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Easter Sunday Sermon 2014 @ Zion (CC)

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LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US IN MATTHEW'S GOSPEL WHERE WE READ THE FIRST 10 VERSES OF CHAPTER 28: AFTER THE SABBATH, AT DAWN ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, MARY MAGDALENE AND THE OTHER MARY WENT TO LOOK AT THE TOMB. THERE WAS A VIOLENT EARTHQUAKE, FOR AN ANGEL OF THE LORD CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND, GOING TO THE TOMB, ROLLED BACK THE STONE AND SAT ON IT. HIS APPEARANCE WAS LIKE LIGHTNING, AND HIS CLOTHES WERE WHITE AS SNOW. THE GUARDS WERE SO AFRAID OF HIM THAT THEY SHOOK AND BECAME LIKE DEAD MEN. THE ANGEL SAID TO THE WOMEN, "DO NOT BE AFRAID, FOR I KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR JESUS, WHO WAS CRUCIFIED. HE IS NOT HERE; HE IS RISEN, JUST AS HE SAID. COME AND SEE THE PLACE WHERE HE LAY. THEN GO QUICKLY AND TELL HIS DISCIPLES: 'HE HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD AND IS GOING AHEAD OF YOU INTO GALILEE. THERE YOU WILL SEE HIM.' NOW I HAVE TOLD YOU." SO THE WOMEN HURRIED AWAY FROM THE TOMB, AFRAID YET FILLED WITH JOY, AND RAN TO TELL HIS DISCIPLES. SUDDENLY JESUS MET THEM. "GREETINGS," HE SAID. THEY CAME TO HIM, CLASPED HIS FEET AND WORSHIPED HIM. THEN JESUS SAID TO THEM, "DO NOT BE AFRAID. GO AND TELL MY BROTHERS TO GO TO GALILEE; THERE THEY WILL SEE ME." THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA, INC.] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: DO YOU REMEMBER THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU COULD PICK UP A MEDICATION AT THE STORE OPEN IT WITHOUT THE CHILDPROOF CAP AND DIG RIGHT IN AND TAKE THE MEDICINE THAT YOU NEEDED? SEEMS LIKE SUCH A LONG TIME AGO SINCE THE ONSLAUGHT OF EVIL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO WANT TO HURT OTHER PEOPLE. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, NOW WE HAVE TAMPER-PROOF PACKAGING. WE HAVE CHILD-RESISTANT OPENING THINGS SO THAT CHILDREN CANNOT GET IN AND HURT THEMSELVES ON THINGS THEY SHOULDN'T BE EATING. WE WANT SEALS ON EVERYTHING BECAUSE THEN WE FEEL PROTECTED. THEN WE THINK: THIS IS SAFE. NO ONE HAS BEEN IN HERE TO TAMPER WITH THIS AND I CAN NOW TAKE THIS MEDICINE AND ALL IS GOING TO BE FINE. I FEEL SAFE. I LIKE THAT. I DON'T WANT BAD PEOPLE MESSING WITH THE THINGS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TO HELP ME. IT'S RATHER INTERESTING THAT THOSE WHO OPPOSED JESUS DIDN'T WANT HIS DISCIPLES MESSING WITH THAT TOMB. THOSE PEOPLE WHO CRUCIFIED JESUS UNDERSTOOD WHAT HE HAD SAID. THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO DIE AND RISE THREE DAYS LATER. THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE IT, BUT THEY ALSO DIDN'T WANT ANYONE ELSE TO BELIEVE IT EITHER. SO THEY PUT A SEAL ON THE TOMB: WE ARE GONNA MAKE SURE THAT NONE OF THE DISCIPLES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WILL GO IN THERE AND ROLL THAT STONE AWAY AND TAKE OUT THE BODY AND TELL EVERYONE THAT HE HAD RISEN FROM THE DEAD. THE ENEMIES OF CHRIST EVEN WANTED A GUARD POSTED THERE SO THAT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO WATCH SO THERE WEREN'T ANY SHENANIGANS GOING ON AND NOBODY WAS GOING TO PULL THE WOOL OVER SOMEBODY'S EYES. THEY DID NOT WANT THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST, THE ONE WHO WAS RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD, TO BE TOLD TO ANYONE. OR FOR ANYONE TO BELIEVE THAT. BUT YET GOD IN HIS OWN STRENGTH, AND IN HIS OWN POWER, ACCOMPLISHING HIS WILL. WE'RE TOLD IN OUR GOSPEL LESSON FOR TODAY THAT WE JUST READ AS OUR SERMON TEXT, THAT THERE WAS A VIOLENT EARTHQUAKE. THAT AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN CAME DOWN AND ROLLED THE STONE AWAY AND SAT ON IT TRIUMPHANTLY. GOD IN ALL OF HIS WONDROUS AND MIRACULOUS WAYS, ACCOMPLISHES HIS WILL. HE WANTS EVERYONE TO KNOW THE GUARD THAT WAS POSTED THERE WAS SO FRIGHTENED AND PASSED OUT LIKE DEAD PEOPLE. BUT THE ENEMIES OF CHRIST, THE GUARDS THEMSELVES AND THE SEAL ON THAT TOMB, COULD NOT STOP JESUS FROM DOING WHAT GOD WANTED HIM TO DO .... WHICH WAS TO COMPLETE THE PLAN OF SALVATION. HAVING PAID FOR THE SINS OF ALL PEOPLE, HAVING SACRIFICED HIS VERY LIFE, HAVING HIS LIFELESS BODY LAID IN THAT TOMB ... HE DIED FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS. HE WAS NOT IN A COMA. HE WAS NOT IN SOMEHOW SOME OTHER STATE OF ANIMATION ... HE DIED! AND GOD SHOWED HIS OWN STRENGTH IN RAISING HIM FROM THE DEAD. PHYSICALLY, JESUS STOOD UP WITH HIS BODY. RAISED TO LIFE. IT WASN'T SOME GHOST OR SOME SPIRIT OR SOME APPARITION OR SOME COSMIC ENERGY THAT NOW IS FLOWING INTO THE WORLD AND TO HIS DISCIPLES. HE PHYSICALLY ROSE FROM THE DEAD. HE STOOD AMONG THE PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN WITH HIM. HE CAME TO THOSE WOMEN ON THE ROAD AND HE SAID: GREETINGS TO YOU. THEY WERE OVERJOYED. THEY REJOICED. THEY FELL AT HIS FEET IN WORSHIP AND HONOR AND THANKS AND PRAISE. JESUS SAID TO THEM: NOW YOU'VE SEEN. GO AND TELL THE OTHERS. GO AND TELL THE NEWS AND PETER AND JOHN CAME TO WITNESS HIM AS WELL. AND IN THE WEEKS AHEAD, WE ARE GOING TO SEE JESUS CONTINUALLY COMING BACK TO HIS DISCIPLES. SAYING TO THEM: LOOK! IT IS ME! LOOK AT THE HOLES IN MY HANDS. PUT YOUR FINGERS HERE. THAT'S NOT A GHOST. HE ATE FOOD WITH THEM. A SPIRIT DOES NOT DO THAT. HE SPOKE WITH THEM AND COMFORTED THEM WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE WAS THE ONE WHO HAD FULFILLED ALL OF THE SCRIPTURES CONCERNING THE MESSIAH OF GOD. AND HE IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. HE IS THE ONE WHO IS HERE TODAY FOR US IN OUR WORSHIP. HE IS THE ONE WHO HEARS OUR CONFESSIONS OF SIN. AND COMES TO US WITH THOSE COMFORTING WORDS TIME AND TIME AGAIN: I FORGIVE YOU ALL OF YOUR SINS. I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS TO THE VERY END OF THE AGE. JESUS IS THE ONE WHO CONSTANTLY REMINDS US THAT HE WENT FIRST, SO THAT WE COULD FOLLOW. THAT MEANS ... YES, WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW HIM IN HIS DEATH. AND PART OF THAT DEATH HAS ALREADY HAPPENED. IN OUR BAPTISMS WE WERE BURIED WITH CHRIST. WHEN WE CAME TO THE KNOWLEDGE THAT JESUS IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, OUR SINFUL NATURE AT THAT MOMENT WAS BURIED WITH CHRIST. BURIED BECAUSE HE HAS TAKEN AWAY OUR SINS. HE CARRIED OUR PUNISHMENT. WE HAVE ALREADY RISEN WITH HIM TO A LIFE OF FORGIVENESS. A LIFE OF GRACE. A LIFE LIVED IN HOLINESS TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT THIS LIFE HERE IS GOING TO END. AND WE ARE GOING TO DIE. THAT DEATH, NO LONGER BRINGS ANY FEAR FOR US. BECAUSE WE KNOW IT'S THE PASSING FROM THIS LIFE TO THE NEXT. IT IS THE DOOR THROUGH WHICH HEAVEN OPENS TO US. AND ALL OF THE GLORIES OF GOD WILL BE REVEALED IN US. AND WE WILL BE WITH OUR SAVIOR. HAVING ETERNAL LIFE. HAVING THAT JOY THAT TRULY STILL IS OURS TODAY. THAT RESURRECTION OF CHRIST IS THE CERTIFICATION OF OUR FAITH. IT MEANS THAT WE, TOO, WILL RISE. HEAVEN IS OURS TODAY, AND WHAT THAT MEANS IN OUR LIFE. THE JOY THAT THAT BRINGS TO US. BUT HOW OFTEN SIN WANTS TO ROB US OF THAT JOY IN THIS LIFE AND YOU AND I WALK AROUND AS IF THE RESURRECTION DIDN'T HAPPEN! SOMETIMES WE ACT LIKE WE DON'T CARE THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD. THAT THAT TOMB WAS EMPTY. AND YET WE RAGE WITH BITTERNESS ABOUT THE LIFE THAT WE HAVE AND WE DON'T SEE ANY BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US. WE TREAT OTHER PEOPLE WITH HATRED AND IMPATIENCE AND ANGER. NOT PUTTING OUT WHAT CHRIST HAS GIVEN TO US. WHAT WE TRULY KNOW IS IN US: THE LOVE OF GOD. THE LOVE OF GOD WHO WAS PATIENT WITH US. AND LOVED US AND HAS FORGIVEN OUR SINS. AND WE TRULY NEED THAT REMINDER. WE TRULY NEED TO COME BACK TO THAT EMPTY TOMB DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY. BECAUSE IT IS OUR STRENGTH FOR LIVING. THERE WE STAND BEFORE GOD AS SURELY AS JONAH PRAYED TO GOD SAYING: IT IS THE LORD WHO IS MY SALVATION. IT IS GOD WHO HAS SAVED ME. AND NOW I SET MY THINGS ON THE THINGS OF GOD; ON THE THINGS ABOVE. THE APOSTLE PAUL TOLD THE CHURCH IN COLOSSIANS, HE REMINDS US AS WELL: YOU LIVE IN CHRIST! YOU LIVE WITH CHRIST. SET YOUR MIND ON THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE. DON'T GET OVERWHELMED BY THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD. DON'T GET OVERBURDENED WITH THESE THINGS THAT ARE ALL PASSING. COME BACK TO THE EMPTY TOMB AND REALIZE THERE IS YOUR JOY AND THERE IS YOUR STRENGTH. THAT JOY AND STRENGTH YOU ARE GOING TO NEED WHEN THE TERRORS OF DEATH WILL FACE EACH OF US. WE ARE REMINDED THAT CHRIST STILL LOVES US. HE DOESN'T ABANDON US. BUT THERE ARE THINGS THAT MUST OCCUR FOR US TO GO TO HEAVEN TO BE WITH HIM. AND WE ENDURE THINGS IN THIS LIFE JUST BECAUSE WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD. AND IT'S NOT GOING TO GET ANY EASIER. THE FURTHER THE WORLD GETS AWAY FROM THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE ... THE MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE STILL WANTING TO COVER UP THE RESURRECTION, ARE STILL WANTING TO HIDE THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD, ARE GOING TO COME AFTER THOSE OF US WHO BELIEVE. AND WE HAVE TWO CHOICES. WE HAVE A CHOICE TO BE FRIGHTENED INTO SILENCE. OR WE HAVE THE CHOICE TO GO TO THE EMPTY TOMB AND CLAIM THAT VICTORY. AND IN JOYFUL RESPONSE STAND ON CHRIST. LIVE IN HIM. KNOW WHAT GOD HAS SAID. BELIEVE IT. AND TRUST IT. IT IS THE TRUTH. AND THAT NO ONE'S GONNA TAMPER WITH THAT FAITH IN YOUR LIFE. BELIEVING IN CHRIST AND HOLDING TO HIM WILL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU BY ANYTHING IN LIFE. NEITHER THE PRESENT, NOR THE PAST ... PAUL REMINDED THE ROMANS: NEITHER HARDSHIP OR FAMINE; WHETHER YOU ARE CLOTHED OR YOU ARE NAKED OR DANGER OR SWORD, THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN TAKE AWAY FROM YOU THE LOVE THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS. NO ONE'S GONNA TAMPER WITH THAT. BUT DON'T GIVE IT AWAY. DON'T LET IT SIT SOMEPLACE UNUSED. IT IS ... YOUR FAITH. IT IS YOUR CHRISTIAN LIFE. BELIEVE IN THAT JOY OF THE RESURRECTION. LIVE IN THE POWER AND THE STRENGTH OF JESUS CHRIST'S PRESENCE WITH YOU EACH AND EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY. STAND FAST! HOLD FIRM! AND LET NOTHING SHAKE YOU. AMEN. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING, KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 15 minutes and 16 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 64
Posted by: hischild on Apr 22, 2014

The text for this Easter Sunday closed captioned sermon is Matthew 28, verses 1-10. www.ziontorrance.info

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