Matthew 28 Earthquak'n Easter
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I. Christ's Resurrection is a World Changer affecting our purposes, actions, interactions, responses and ambitions in life
2Cor 5:17 if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Gal 6:15
II. Truth best Explains all the Facts found at the convergence of Revelation, Reason, and Reality. Check it out.
1Cor 15:3 Christ died for our sins acc to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day acc to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas/Peter, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over 500 brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
III. A Relationship with God starts and continues with faithful obedience to His revealed will. There is no other way.
Jn 14:23 Jesus answered "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me
IV. The light of the Truth will always be opposed by dark demonic lies (not die; wrong tomb; disciples stole body; etc.)
Pr 17:4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A deceiver/liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. Jn 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
V. Worship is a Response to Revelation demonstrating that God is worthy of all we can give Him, especially our obedience
Jn 5:21 as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25...the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man Dan 7:13-14. 28...the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth: those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. Eph 2:8-10
VI. Immersing folks in the name/power of the Triune God and teaching them to obey deepens our intimacy with God
2Tim 2:1 be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. How has your rlshp with God changed your world?