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Sermon Notes from April 19, 2015

20150419 He Lives! Do You? Life With No Fear

Memory Verse: 1Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive

Matt. 28:1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. 5  But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” 8  So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.

When we live in the power of His resurrection, there should be NO FEAR.  Notice that I used the word “should.”  That was deliberate, because unfortunately the majority of Christ followers live with fear, some with constant fear. This is not His plan for us.

1.  Our Human Nature

4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

– Many Christians today live their lives like these guards…as dead men

– Christ did not rise from the grave so we could live in fear, but our natural inclination is to be fearful

– The guards were filled with fear because Christ was GONE

2.  Our Resurrection Nature

8  So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

– fear – phobos. (1) of God, as a controlling motive of the life, in matters spiritual and moral, not a mere “fear” of His power and righteous retribution, but a wholesome dread of displeasing Him, a “fear” which banishes the terror that shrinks from His presence…and which influences the disposition and attitude of one whose circumstances are guided by trust in God, through the indwelling Spirit of God…(a comprehensive phrase: the reverential “fear” of God will inspire a constant carefulness in dealing with others in His “fear”) – Vines Expository Dictionary

– Mary left the tomb with the fear, but not the same kind of fear as the guards. She left with the fear because Christ was HERE

– There’s a remarkable difference when you simply know that Christ is present

3. How His Resurrection Helps Us Live Without Fear

9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.

– What made the difference?  HIS PRESENCE

– Philippians 4 – There is Perfect peace in the presence of a perfect God

What does the resurrected life require?

a. Recognition of who He is

– Jesus IS everything we need

– John 14:6

b. Acceptance of His authority

– 1 Cor. 15

c. Seeking of His wisdom

– Seek Him through Bible study and prayer

– Scripture (over 100 times the Bible tells us not to worry, don’t be afraid, etc.) Nearly 400 verses  remind us of God’s provision in every situation

– George Mueller – (In later life he lamented that, owing to his neglect of God’s word he remained so long in Spiritual infancy, with its ignorance and impotence.)

d. Clinging to His presence

– “held Him by the feet”

e. Celebrate who He is

– “and worshiped Him”

1 Cor. 15:20 (NLT) But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. 21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back. 24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. 25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” (Of course, when it says “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) 28 Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.

Easter 2015 Sermon Notes

2015.04.05 Easter Sunday: The Supernatural Power of God

Memory verse: Matt. 28:6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer, But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom.

An indisputable truth about Easter is that it doesn’t make sense. It flies in the face of all that we as humans believe. How is it that one man, who lived two thousand years ago, could pay a debt that we owe today? You see, it doesn’t make sense that He could do this for you and me.  It’s just not natural. For something like that to be real…it would have to be supernatural. And indeed, it was!

Matt. 28:1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.  4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. 5  But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” 8  So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” 11  Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12 When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. 16  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. 

Just a few days before the events of Matthew 28, Jesus hung on a cross. His body being drained of every ounce of life. He cried out on that cross, He suffered excruciating pain. As soon as Jesus died on the cross, all creation shook…all of hell’s fury raged…all of heaven cried out in mourning…The rocks literally split wide open…The graves rumbled…King Jesus was dead. And even in His death, there was the supernatural. Today, let’s see if we can make sense of what doesn’t make sense. The Supernatural Power of God.

  1. Supernatural power   –  The events of Easter took SUPERNATURAL POWER. Power that goes beyond what makes sense in the natural realm.

Matt. 28:2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.

– The earth shook because of this power

– An angel had been sent to reveal to the world that King Jesus had risen

– The angel spoke to those gathered in that graveyard…

Matt. 28:6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

– It takes supernatural power for someone to come back from the grave

– Whenever supernatural power of God is revealed, something else quickly happens…it always results in the supernatural presence of God.

2. Supernatural presence   –  SUPERNATURAL POWER brings SUPERNATURAL PRESENCE

Matt. 28:7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

– Christ’s resurrection was amazing in itself, but it’s purpose was not to simply prove a point, it was so that humanity can be in the presence of God.

– The veil in the temple was ripped to shreds when Jesus died. Why? Because when Jesus paid that price, it paid the entrance fee for all of us to stand in His presence.

– And not only in His presence today…but in His presence forever. But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom.

– His death was to give us peace.

3. Supernatural peace

Matt. 28:18 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Everything within us tells us we don’t deserve this. Everything within us tells us it doesn’t make sense. Everything within us tells us it can’t be this easy.  Everything within us tells us that He just can’t desire to be with me.  (Luke 24:13-36 – Jesus appeared and it still didn’t make sense to them.) POEM

Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer, But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Powerful Truth of the Gospel by Jessica Falwell

It’s easy to think we’re going nowhere
we’ve failed too many times, nobody cares
We’ve been told we won’t make it, our chances are small
Or that we’re mess ups, we’re failures, we’re not worth it at all

We think we’ve no value, no future, no place
That anything we try blows up in our face
And just when we think we’ve faced all we can bear
The Lord reassures us that He is indeed there

He’s been there through it all, helping us on the way
Watching over us and loving us even when we stray
The fact is, we’ve ignored Him, lived only for ourselves
We made our own choices and put Him on a shelf

We tried to make things work, do it on our own
We’ve pushed Him away and now feel so all alone
Everything around us, everything we see:
The sky, the ocean, the leaves on a tree

He made it all and it screams out his praise
The beauty, the wonder, the power of His name
It all points to Him because He made it all
And there’s no point to even try and stall

He deserves, He craves, and desires our heart
Why do we deny Him? After all, we’re His works of art
We’re important, we’re beautiful because He made us that way
He gave us talents and gifts so why don’t we obey?

Satan. That’s why. Cause we took of that fruit
We gave into temptation and let sin take root
We lie, we cheat, we kill, we steal
We give in to the lies and let sin take the wheel

We resisted God, denied Him, and spit in His face
We deserved death for our sins but someone took our place
God sent Jesus, His beloved only Son
To finish the fight that we had begun

To be whipped, mocked, and pierced with nails
To wash away our sins, to tear down the veil
He hung on a cross, innocent between thieves
Crying to the sky, “My God why forsake me.”

He gave up His life, the earth quaked at the news-
We had crucified Jesus, the King of the Jews
He died with the burden of overwhelming sin
The sins of us all, even those whose lives were yet to begin

Nailed to the cross and He paid the price
The spotless lamb, the ultimate sacrifice
Three days passed as he laid in the tomb
It seemed hope was lost, we had met our doom

But it wasn’t over, God had a plan
You see, Jesus wasn’t just an ordinary man
With a flash the Son of God was no longer where he laid
The Lord, our Savior, had risen from the grave

He defeated death and sin, made every wrong, right
He’s the way, the truth, and our hope in life
Through Him we can reach an everlasting peace
So What are you waiting for? Fall down to your knees

Call out His precious and holy name
The name that deserves all glory and fame
He died for us so that we can be with Him
He offers us freedom from pain, sorrow, and sin

You may think you’ve no purpose, but He disagrees
God has a plan for you, you just need to believe
Accept Him now and live for Him
All praise to the Lord forever, Amen!