David Collins – Easter Sunday
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed
How can it be, the One who died?
Has born our sin through sacrifice
To conquer every sting of death?
Sing, sing hallelujah.
For joy awakes as dawning light
When Christ's disciples lift their eyes.
Alive He stands, their Friend and King;
Christ, Christ He is risen.
Today as we read the story of the Death and resurrection of Jesus let it speak to you afresh. Let it encourage you and give you a renewed sense of hope and peace. Let it embolden you to go on telling the good news of Jesus to a world that does not know Him. Be filled with The Holy Spirit allow Him into every part of your life and like the story, be a world changer! Hallelujah
The Death of Jesus –Luke 23 verse 44-49
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
• At this point the devil must have started to think he had won and I guess he was organising a party because he had defeated Jesus?
• Events however were about to unfold that would Turn the world on its head and change history that is still so relevant today.
• The death and resurrection of Jesus changed lives and is still changing lives today!
Jesus Has Risen Luke 24 verse 1-12
24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
On the Road to Emmaus Luke 24 verse 13-35
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
Jesus appears to the disciples Luke 24 v 36-49
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
• We go from the utter dejection of Jesus death to the huge jubilation of His resurrection! These men and women who had been in turmoil and had so many questions, was it real? Did it happen? Went from being dejected to being full of joy and amazement.
• How does the story make you feel today? Why not spend some quiet time today letting the enormity of this event sink in and see afresh what Jesus did for YOU.
• Everything that has gone before was turned on its head because Jesus has defeated death and has risen from the dead! That eternal life of Jesus is available to all who will repent and call on His name.
Some things what we can learn from the passage:
1. Verse 8 – Then they remembered His words! In the confusion and fear of what was happening they had forgotten that this was exactly what Jesus had already tried to prepare them for! – It’s easy for us to allow the care and trials of daily life to cloud our thoughts and stop us remembering the things that Jesus has said to us, we need to make sure we hold on to the promises of God and not allow them to fade or become covered in other things.
• What has Jesus said to you that you have forgotten? Spend time in His presence asking him to reveal afresh His promises to you
2. We then come to story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus, here we see 2 disciples walking toward the village of Emmaus, you can imagine the conversation! Was it all for nothing / why did we follow / is there any point…. these things must have been going through their mind and then Jesus appears and walk’s along with them!
• How quick we can be to lose hope, is there anything you are feeling hopeless about ? Let the Prince of peace flood your life and give you a sense of hope and peace.
3. Verse 25 – How foolish you are!
• How easy it is for us to become foolish and live lives that not honouring to Jesus, in thought word and deed! Is there something you know you have been foolish about? Maybe you need to repent and lay those things aside and ask Jesus to fill you again with The Holy Spirit.
4. Verse 32 – Although they did not recognise Jesus their hearts burned within them!
• Sometimes we go through difficult times and it’s hard to see the right from the left BUT we know that He is still king of Kings and Lord of lords; the Holy Spirit in us keeps our heart from failing and burns within us to get us through!
5. Jesus next appears in the midst of the group of disciples and they were afraid! He deals with the doubt in their minds firstly by showing them the pierced hands and feet, and then He opens their minds so they could understand the scriptures.
• It is very important that you and me understand the scriptures! We can’t live / judge / discern things if we have nothing to balance them with.
6. Jesus tells them that the Son of Man has suffered these things so that repentance and forgiveness can go out to all nations beginning in Jerusalem!
• We who count Jesus as Lord and Saviour are part of that ongoing process of salvation through faith; He saved us and looks to work through each of us to bring the message of the cross to the world!
As we read afresh the story of Jesus death and resurrection we know that He defeated death on the cross and rose again victorious and is now seated at the hand of Father interceding on our behalf, What a God we serve.
So this Easter time, bunny and egg or Jesus and salvation, let’s not allow ourselves to forget that it was and still is one of the most life changing events EVER!