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Sunday’s Extras: He is Risen, He is Alive!

By: Neil Middleton
By: Neil Middleton

Today Christians around the world are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But can you imagine how the disciples and His followers must have felt immediately following His crucifixion? Everything they believed in was hanging on that cross. Their hopes and dreams died with the Savior. At least that’s what they thought.

Today Christians around the world are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  But can you imagine how the disciples and His followers must have felt immediately following His crucifixion?

 

Everything they believed in was hanging on that cross.  Their hopes and dreams died with the Savior.  At least that’s what they thought.

 

They couldn’t see the big picture.  The crucifixion was just one BIG piece of the puzzle.  Jesus had to die in order for us to live.  The Bible says there is no forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood. 

 

Can you imagine the doubt, the despair and the fear they felt?   They didn’t know the resurrection was coming.  They didn’t understand the Master’s plan.

 

It’s the same way for you and me.  We will always face trials and tribulations. Things happen that are unexplainable.  Sometimes life just isn’t fair.  We get hurt; we suffer pain and loss.  We may not understand why.  But the Lord sees the big picture.  He knows how the pieces of our life’s puzzle fit together.  We have to trust Him.  God is always in control.


Romans 8:28 says, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 

Here are a couple of videos that I would like to share as we wrap up this Easter weekend.

 Mary Did You Know?

Hillsong - Savior

 

Geoff Moore and Adrienne Liesching Camp - In Christ Alone

 

Here are the lyrics for my hearing impaired friends.

 

Mary Did You Know?

 

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you. 

 

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God. 

 

The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again.

The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb. 

 

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am.

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Savior

 

A Savior on a hill dying for my shame
Could this be true?
Defies the world I see
Yet this is all my heart was longing for
To know you my Lord
To know you more…

You deserve, You deserve,
You deserve all the praise…

The heavens wept for you, the earth cried out:
“Could He be the one?”
For you so loved the world
You gave your only son
To say I love you so
Oh how I love you so…

Hallelujah to the king
Hallelujah we will sing forever…

And all humanity aches to find
This beautiful love you give
We come to you again
To offer up our lives
To worship you alone
To worship you alone…

 

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In Christ Alone

 

In Christ alone my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand
 

In Christ alone who took on flesh

Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live
  
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory 
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
 

No guilt in life, no fear in death

This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand

 

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The Resurrection

John 20

 

John 20

The Empty Tomb

 1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"

 3So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

 10Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

 13They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"

   "They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

 15"Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
      Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

 16Jesus said to her, "Mary."
      She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

 17Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' "

 18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

 19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

 21Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." 22And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."

Jesus Appears to Thomas

 24Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"
      But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."

 26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

 28Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

 29Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

 30Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31But these are written that you may[a] believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

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Everyday should be Easter in our lives. 

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