EASTER, Who Are You Looking For?, Week 3

From 1 Peter…(John Reading)

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.  Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 

And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.

So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.   1 Peter 1:3-9

Amen and Happy Easter!

Thank you John

We have been studying THE STORY OF EASTER, this is Week 3

“Who are you looking for?”

COMMUNION, CROSS & RESURRECTION, Week 3

Today we talk of the Resurrection…as we did with Communion and Cross we are talking about 3 people or Scenes,

Week 1 – COMMUNION, CONCERN, CONNECTING

Week 2 – GARDEN,  ARREST,  SACRIFICE

Week 3 – MARY, PETER, PAUL

1. Mary Magdalene…I don’t know where they have put him.”

  • First at the tomb

1 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 2 She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”…

  • Peter and John Ran to the Tomb and Found it Empty.  Of course John ran faster…please note, he did write this book.

9 For until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 

  • Peter and John in Response to the Empty Tomb, “went home.” (v10),
  • Mary However…was waiting for Jesus…she stayed at the tomb…Remember from Mark 15:47, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph, saw where Jesus’ body was laid.  She knew she was at the right place

11 Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. 12 She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

  • Mary was at the Tomb to Serve…she was going to bring Jesus back to the tomb, ”tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him”

14 She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

  • Mary found Jesus.  She was able to talk to and Cling to our Resurrected Lord.

16 “Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”). 17 “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message. John 20:1, 11-18

  • Mary found Jesus and then found everyone else and told them of the Resurrection!!
  • What if we lived like that, find Jesus and then tell everyone else about Him!!!

2. Peter…Fellows, have you caught any fish?

1 Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened. Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.

Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” “We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.

At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?”

John 21:1-5

  • Peter had blown it during Jesus’ time of Great Need (3 denials).
  • He was not that thrilled at the Empty Tomb, as we Mentioned above…
  • Now, Jesus is pursuing Peter, and the other disciples to set things right.

6 Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. 7 Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. 8 The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards[d] from shore. 9 When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.

10 “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn.

a. They knew it was the Lord.

12 “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. 14 This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead.

b. “Peter, Do you Love Me?”

15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. 17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

  • It’s just like Jesus, to Pursue people who have wandered off and feel they are no longer forgivable.

3. Paul… I also saw him.

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. 6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.  I Corinthians 15:3-8

  • Paul gives one of the Greatest Explanations of the Resurrection. 
  • His Words sum up the Whole Story!  (I love the end  “I also saw Him”)

(When did Paul see Him, How did Jesus and Paul hang out…I have some questions when I get to heaven!!)

13 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. 15 And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. 16 And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

  • Then Paul give us the Frutile side of the Resurrection, “If Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.” (v14)
  • However, Christ has been Raised!!

20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. I Corinthians 15:13-20

6 Blessings from the Resurrection

  • We are free and forgiven by Jesus’ death. (Romans 4:25)
  • Jesus defeated death so we don’t have to fear it. (2 Peter 1:16, Acts 1:3, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
  • We get to have God’s spirit inside us. (Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:19-20)
  • God loves us unconditionally. (John 3:16,17, 1 John 13:34-35)
  • God has a greater purpose for our lives. (Mark 8:35, Acts 15:26, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, Philippians 1:21)
  • We can be certain of a future in heaven. (1 Peter 1:4, 1 Corinthians 2:9, John 14:6, Romans 10:9)