140427 I Peter 1:3-7

Text: I Peter 1:3-7
Theme: Where There Is Life, There Is Hope

A man lies motionless in his hospital bed. A terrible accident has brought him to the edge of death. The doctors say that he has almost no chance of survival. His wife is in the room with him. She holds his hand. She knows that doctors have been wrong before. She believes that nothing is impossible with God. As she talks to him, she feels his hand squeezing hers. Where there is life, there is hope.

A person is flirting with a dangerous sin. He has fallen before. He could fall again. There are days when he just wants to give up. But then he remembers that Jesus died to take away his sins. And then he remembers that God will give him the strength he needs to fight temptation. He understands that his inner spiritual struggle is actually a sign that the Holy Spirit is living in him. And where there is life, there is hope.

In and around the city of Jerusalem, people were trying to understand everything that had just taken place. Darkness covered the land in the middle of the day. The massive temple curtain had been torn in two. Witnesses had seen Joseph and Nicodemus bury the body of Jesus and roll the stone in front of the tomb just before sunset.

But then there was an earthquake. And somehow the massive stone had been moved from the grave's entrance. Some people went to see for themselves what had happened. Among them was Peter, who wrote the words we will consider this morning. Peter ran to the tomb and saw that it was open. He went into the tomb and saw that it was empty. That could only mean one thing. Jesus was alive! And...


I. Christ gives us life by his resurrection
II. Christ gives us hope for our resurrection

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140420 Matthew 28:1-10

Text: Matthew 28:1-10
Theme: Rejoice that the Tomb of Jesus is Open!

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 has 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."

Maybe you have found yourself in this situation: It is very late at night, you are driving along on the interstate, and your gas tank has read empty for several miles already. Then suddenly you see a sign that tells you the next exit is just one mile farther. You pull off the interstate, anxiously waiting to see if there is a gas station that is still open. As you turn off the exit ramp, you see it: a bright sign declaring that the only gas station at this exit is open. If you have ever been in that situation, you know how happy and relieved you feel as you stand by the side of your car, filling up the gas tank.

I know this example hardly compares, but perhaps in some small way, such an experience in our lives gives us some idea of what it must have been like for the women who came to the tomb of Jesus on that first Easter morning. Just a few days before, the lifeless body of Jesus was placed in the tomb. Now, as they approach the tomb, they saw something they never expected to see when they got up that morning. The large stone had been rolled away! The tomb was empty! As the women hurried away to go tell the disciples everything they had heard and seen, suddenly the risen Savior appeared! Imagine the great joy they had to see Jesus alive! This morning you and I join with the women who had gone to the tomb that first Easter morning and together you and I REJOICE THAT THE TOMB OF JESUS IS OPEN!

Read more: 140420 Matthew 28:1-10

140417 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Sermon Theme: "Do This in Remembrance of Me"

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

I want you to think of your most favorite food. Do you have it in mind? Now, I want you to think about how often you eat that favorite food. Most likely, if it is one of your favorite foods, you will eat it more than once a year. Tonight, you and I are offered a meal that has far more benefit that any food we might enjoy eating. It is a meal that we are to enjoy celebrating time after time after time. Just this past Sunday, we had the opportunity to celebrate the Lord's Supper as part of our Worship Services. So, why are we celebrating this meal again tonight? Because our Savior says to you and me, "Do this in remembrance of me."

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140413 Psalm 24

Text: Psalm 24
Theme: Who Is This King Of Glory?

The time: spring in about the year 30 A.D. The place: somewhere along the short stretch of road that led from Bethany to Jerusalem. Throngs of faithful Jews had made the pilgrimage to celebrate the Passover, now only a few days away. As Jesus made his way from the Mount of Olives down into the Kidron Valley and back up to the Holy City, the buzz began to grow.

As Jesus entered the city, the noises grew louder and the crowds grew larger. Many went out to meet him. Some put down their coats in Jesus' path. Others took palm branches and waved them in the air. And the crowds that went ahead joined together with the people who followed, shouting: "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest" (Matthew 21:9)!

The combined accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John give us a vivid picture of what we now call Palm Sunday, but Matthew's account (the gospel lesson for today) includes something that is not recorded in the other gospels. Matthew records an important conversation that took place amid the shouts and cheers: "When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, 'Who is this?' The crowds answered, 'This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee'" (Matthew 21:10,11).

The crowds were at least partially correct. Jesus was a prophet. Jesus was the one Moses spoke about when he said: "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him" (Deuteronomy 18:15). It is true that Jesus came into this world to prophesy, but he also came in fulfillment of prophecy.

And so if we want a complete answer to this question, if we want to know who Jesus really is, we need to ask someone else. We need to ask a man who lived a thousand years before Jesus was born. We need to ask the ancestor of Jesus whose own name echoed through the streets of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

King David is the author of Psalm 24, the appointed psalm for today. And with his inspired poetry David asks and answers a question much like the question the people were asking as Jesus passed through the gates of Jerusalem...


I. He is strong and mighty
II. He is the Lord Almighy

Read more: 140413 Psalm 24

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