Sunday Service Sermons
Jesus our Resurrected Christ
If it was not for the death and resurrection of Jesus we would not be celebrating Easter this Sunday.
Christianity has a living founder and Lord.
Jesus is not a dead prophet, he is a living savior.
When the followers of Jesus “The Christ” gather together there is a living presence among them.
Christianity is good news about God’s love for sinners everywhere.
The resurrection of Jesus not only makes possible our great salvation, but it also makes it certain.
As the Good News translation puts it: “He is able, now and always, to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead with God for them”.
This means that He can save fully and completely those who approach God through him, for he is always living to intercede on their behalf.
As we say, What a wonderful savior!
Jesus conquered sin, death and the grave in his death and resurrection.
He will abide with us forever as our living High Priest in the presence of the Father.
Today we celebrate God giving life to all who are his.
For: if Jesus is not risen, the church has no message for a lost world.
Nor do Christians have anything to believe.
All we are and believe as Followers of Jesus and “The Way” hinges on the risen Christ.
Without Easter Morning we are still guilty and under the condemnation that results from sin.
We celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ is risen from the grave and now sits at the right had of the Father.
The tomb was found empty and Jesus to be alive again.
It was the repeated appearances of the risen Christ that completely transformed the hearts and lives of the apostles.
They became dedicated evangels of the good news that the penalty of sin had been paid, death had been conquered, and Jesus Christ was alive.
The risen Christ appeared to his disciples at least ten different times.
The thrilling truth of his resurrection gave them a message of hope for a world that was facing despair.
By his resurrection Jesus vindicates that He is God’s Son, the Messiah.
Before his death and resurrection the disciples hoped that Jesus was the Messiah but after they saw him alive they knew that he was the Messiah.
Jesus’ resurrection proved that his crucifixion was a revelation of divine love for sinners.
Though the doorway of the empty tomb God revealed that his Son’s death on the cross was a revelation of God’s love for humanity.
God’s provision for sinners to be His children once again.
His free gift to a lost humanity.
Jesus now intercedes for us in God’s presence.
We now have an advocate before the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteousness One.
He is the anointing sacrifice for our sins, and also for the sins of the whole world.
As Hebrews puts it, Christ is our mediator who acts on our behalf.
For Christ has offered himself, and continues to offer his sacrificial death, as a atonement for the sins of those who accept him as Lord and Savior.
It is by his victorious resurrection from the dead that his ministry of intercession is made possible.
He is able to be our Savior from the penalty of sin, from the practice of sin, and eventually from the very presence of sin because He is a living Savior.
Because He is alive He is our companion each day of our lives.
As he lived among his followers for forty days after the resurrection he now lives with and for each of us who claim him as Lord.
Jesus asked his followers to wait for the gift that was coming from the Father.
Jesus said that He would come to his followers in Spirit and Power.
This was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to reside in those who believed.
Jesus still says, follow me.
As he commanded his disciples he commands us: Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Jesus made a promise to those who would call him Lord and obey him and the Father.
He promised his abiding presence when he said: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt. 28:20
We celebrate Jesus alive.
We celebrate Jesus standing at our heart’s door eager to bring God’s blessings into our lives.
We must allow him to come in.
To invite him to travel with us on our life’s journey.
To walk with us allowing him to lead us in meaningful living and significant service to God and fellowman.
Jesus is alive, Hallelujah!
Things to remember on this most glorious day of days.
Without the literal bodily resurrection of Christ, there is no Christianity.
The atoning work of Jesus is finished, there is nothing for us to do but accept it.
God has triumphed over sin and death in the Son.
Jesus is who he claimed to be.
History was changed forever when He came out of the grave for our salvation.
The power is now available to change lives.
Believers can now live forever.
We are new creatures because of the risen Lord.
We will not taste death but will be transformed into new beings to live with Them forever.
Jesus is Lord over life and over death.
He is Master over everything.
We now owe Him our love, our loyalty, and our obedience.
We worship on Sunday, the first day of the week, because it is resurrection day.
The day Jesus conquered sin and death for all time.
The resurrection was a supernatural event accomplished by the intervention and activity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It took an unusual event to scare hardened Roman soldiers, but the bright flashing countenance of this angel, paralyzed them with fear.
The soldiers were prepared for human attempts to remove the body of Jesus, but when a heavenly visitor came and moved the heavy stone with ease, they were terrified.
They were scared stiff for they became like dead men.
He is risen is but one word in the original Greek.
It contains the truth of who Jesus was and what he had accomplished.
When they found the grave empty the women ran with joy to tell this great news to the disciples.
Jesus met them and said “rejoice”.
That is what Easter morning is all about, Rejoice for the Lord is alive and He has conquered sin, death and the grave.
He lives forever with the saints to reign.
And so will we!
The Commission to the Disciples Matt. 28:16-20
The women gave the disciples the message which Jesus and the angel at the tomb had conveyed to them.
Jesus appeared to the disciples on the mountain and they worshiped Him.
Jesus told them that all power, (authority), was given to Him, in heaven and on earth.
And then Jesus gave His disciples the commission for the task of world-wide evangelism.
We are to go to others with the message of salvation.
We are to go to people even in other nations.
This is a call for soul-winning, and for nurturing new believers in the faith.
It is a clear New Testament command.
Jesus wants us to tell the story of the Good News of Salvation.
That is making disciples.
He wants us to bring them into the kingdom.
That is baptizing them.
Jesus want us to teach believers to obey.
We are to obey all things that Jesus commanded.
Our obedience is to be without reservation.
Obedience involves a lifetime of learning so that we become more and more conformed to the image of Christ as the years go by.
After Jesus charged the disciples with the task of taking the Gospel to the entire world, He gave them the assurance of His presence with them, even to the end of the age.
Jesus is alive and He promises that we need not go out into life alone, or without His help.
Jesus will empower us, and will be a companion with us as we go about the task of seeking to live by biblical standards.
Jesus says to us: “My child, what ever comes your way, be of good cheer, I will be with you right down to the end of the journey.”
The Lord Jesus is with us daily to pardon and forgive, to sanctify and strengthen and to defend and keep.
Matthew closes with the promise that Jesus will be with us always as an unfailing Friend.
Prayer: Lord remind us often that life is like a vapor it appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Thank you for the death and resurrection of Jesus “The Christ”, and for the fact that by it, He has purchased our redemption. He has paid the price. Those who repent may have their sins forgiven. And some day, because Jesus, who died and was buried, lives again, He has promised that because He lives, we shall live also!
Rejoice, our savior lives!