Happy Resurrection Weekend!!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed Weekend!!! Blessed Resurrection Weekend!!!

John 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
John 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
John 20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
John 20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
John 20:5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
John 20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
John 20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
John 20:8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
John 20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
John 20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

We can see something in the resurrection that no other religion does in the world. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus deals with man’s sin and separation from God. In the resurrection we find hope because it is not based on us working toward God it is God coming as a man Jesus Christ man but yet God, to our level and taking care of our sin, paying our sin debt in full. He who had no sin, no blemish, no spot; and rebellion against Him. We need to truly look at what our heavenly father, our Jesus did for us. If someone reading this doesn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus p-lease come to him and ask him to show you the truth. Salvation isn’t about what you need to do for him; it is what he did for you.
If you do know Jesus I pray that all of us, will be reinvigorated with the overwhelming grace of God and overwhelming love he has for us his children.
A) The Empty Tomb:
When Mary went to the tomb it was empty:
Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
Mark 16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
Mark 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
Mark 16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

Then the two Mary’s seen a man and he told them:

Mark 16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
Mark 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

b) The Other Disciples:
What happened when Mary told the other disciples did they celebrate and say Jesus is risen He is risen indeed? Two accounts report that the disciples did not believe her story.
Mark 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
The only people even thinking about a resurrection were the Saducees and Pharisees. They got permission from Pilate to send a guard to keep the disciples from the tomb.
Now how many guards do you think they sent? A Roman Guard at its bear minimum would have been 4 men. In Acts 12:4 four squads of at least four soldiers were sent to guard Paul. So how many do you think they would have sent to deal with at least 11 disciples?
Matthew 28 as the guards are coming back after being scared stiff by the angel flinging stone away they are bribed by the priests and elders. They bribed them to say his disciples stole the body. The story is still told today.
You have to ask this question if the disciples stole his body why did they report they were afraid and alarmed that the body was missing. If the disciples stole the body how did they remove the stone under the guard’s noses?
C) The Risen Savior
Luke 24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Luke 24:37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
Luke 24:38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
Luke 24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
Luke 24:41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
Luke 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
Luke 24:43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Luke 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
They were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a spirit or ghost.
What doses Jesus say? Why are you troubled why do doubts arise in your hearts? And then to prove he is alive he asks for food and ate it in their presence.
Again why record the doubts they had about this being Jesus.
Why is this so important? The responses to the resurrection of Jesus have the air of reality about them. The doubts, fears of the disciples and the fabrications of the priests and elders. These point to the reality of the resurrection.
If you read the eyewitness accounts about the death, burial and resurrection it is much like reading different newspapers articles about the same event. Each writer puts his or her research insights and opinions into an article about the same event. Eyewitnesses each see form a different point of view. Each gospel tells us from the vantage point of that disciple or the eye witness accounts of a disciple.
D.) The Response That The Resurrection Demands:
Why is it so important that we examine the record of the disciples response and the reality of the resurrection? There is a question that no religion on earth seems to be able to answer except Christianity. Christianity is not first rules and regulations, worship services and bible studies. Christianity is first a living and abiding relationship with Jesus. We are the only one with a Living Savior, the only one that our Savior died for our sins, and rose again. Our Savior loves us, never demands us to do any evil. He asks nothing of us but to trust and believe. He has done it all.

It is in this close and abiding relationship we find the answer to the question does my life matter? In the great scheme of the universe do I matter? Yes we do, he died for all no matter who we care, our skin color, no matter how much money we have, how tall, short, skinny, fat, attractive, unattractive we matter.
In the crucifixion Jesus stepped down out of heaven and stepped into our sin in order to pay for its penalty. In the resurrection He stepped out of the grave and wants to step into the mess of our life to bring fullness into the daily activity we call life. Many of us get up in the morning to eat so we can go to work so that we can get up in the morning to eat so we can go to work and the cycle continues.
In the resurrection we find hope beyond death. Jesus rose and defeated death and the grave. The resurrection says yes our life matters. Every pain, every failure, every frustration, every fear, every joy, every dream has purpose because the living God of the universe made us to know Him and enjoy Him and His creation.
In this we find our response. We take His life and His salvation and His rightness with God. We give Him our life as Savior and Lord. Please if you don’t know him, come to know him today.
Jesus came here to this sin-cursed earth for the purpose to pay our sin debt in full. He was taken to the cross on Calvary. He was beaten beyond recognition, furrows whipped into back; a crown of throwns put upon his head, striped naked, spit upon. God, the Holy of Holyest, no spot, no blemish, perfect in everyway did all this for each of us. No religion has such a savior. He asks for nothing in return, just for us to believe on his name. Its not money, not works, not baptism.
John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Luke 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
Luke 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
Luke 23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Luke 23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
Luke 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Luke 23:47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

UP FROM THE GRAVE
Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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