Topic: Easter Passage: Luke 24:1–24:12
A Recap from Sunday’s Sermon
Preaching Text: Luke 24:1-12
The Resurrection of Jesus is the greatest event in all of history, however many people fail to embrace it fully. It is possible to have mere head belief without a commitment of the heart. Even the followers of Jesus didn’t believe it at first. The women went to the tomb expecting to find a body but instead met with angels. The eleven disciples didn’t believe the testimony of the women. Peter saw the empty tomb for himself then went home marveling. However, Jesus didn’t die so that people would marvel at him.
Jesus died and rose so we could be fully alive in him.
Jesus helps Peter and the others move beyond marveling by personally visiting them. He did this for many of his disciples over a 40-day period. The Resurrection is so significant because it means that we can have a personal relationship with the Living God. Since the tomb was empty, Jesus is alive and active.
The Resurrection also makes transformation possible. Mary Magdalene went from being a notorious sinner to a pillar in the church. Peter went from being selfish and impulsive to the rock on which Jesus built the church. Thomas was so bold in his doubt that he is called “Doubting Thomas,” but he became a bold missionary and martyr in India. How is all this possible? Through the Resurrection, Jesus invites us to begin a real relationship with him, in which he makes us into the people we were always meant to be.
Taking it home: Give Jesus Lordship in your life through this prayer.
Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the Cross for me. Forgive me and cleanse me. At this moment I trust you as Savior and Lord. Make me the type of person you created me to be. Amen.