Resurrection Day 2011

Posted on 04/25/2011 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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WHAT A MIGHTY GOD

What a mighty God we serve
What a mighty God we serve
Angels bow before him
Heaven and earth adore him
What a mighty God we serve

HE IS THE KING

He is the King of Kings
He is the Lord of Lords
His name is
  Jesus, Jesus,
     Jesus, Jesus
Oh, he is the King

His name is Jesus, Jesus
Sad hears we've no more
He can heal the broken hearted
Open wide the prison door
And he's able to deliver evermore

FREEDOM

Where the Spirit of the Lord is
There is freedom
Where the Spirit of the Lord is
There is freedom

There is peace, there is love
There is joy (there is joy)

It is for freedom He's set us free
It is for freedom He's set us free

I'm free! (I'm free! I'm free!)
I'm free! (I'm free! I'm free!)
I'm free! (I'm free! I'm free!)
I'm free

We will walk in Your freedom, walk in Your liberty
We will walk, Lord
We will walk in Your freedom, walk in Your liberty

We will dance in Your freedom, dance in Your liberty
We will dance, Lord
We will dance in Your freedom, dance in Your liberty

We will jump in Your freedom, jump in Your liberty
We will jump, Lord
We will jump in Your freedom, jump in Your liberty

Where the Spirit of the Lord is
    THERE IS FREEDOM!!
Where the Spirit of the Lord is
    THERE IS FREEDOM!

HALLELUJAH

Hallelujah, hallelujah
     hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
     hallelujah, hallelujah

Thank you Jesus...
Lord I love you...
Christ is coming...


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Lord Jesus, thank You for this day that You have given us. Thank You for this time to get together and worship You. Thank You for dying on the cross for out sins and rising from the dead, defeating Hell and the grave. I ask that You go with us now as we look into Your Word and what I have to share. May my words be Yours. In Your mighty name I pray, Amen.

Today is one of my favorite holidays. It's Resurrection Day! The day Jesus stepped from the tomb, nail-scarred hands and all.

I want to share a few things with you. I was thinking about Jesus' Resurrection Day and I realized it isn't just His Resurrection Day, but in a way it is ours, too.

I am sure you don't understand what I am saying. Hold on. I'll tell you in a little while, but first let's read about Jesus' resurrection. We'll look in John chapter 20 verses 1-18. I'm reading from the NKJV.

1 Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
3 Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. 4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.5 And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in.6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.8 Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed.9 For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.10 Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.

11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,and did not know that it was Jesus.15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.

Jesus rose and these verses are showing is the first time He is seen. I am sure we would have reacted the way Mary did. Disbelief in seeing her Lord before her. I would have wanted to touch Him to see if He was real.

After this, Jesus appeared to His disciples again and again. He is our risen Lord.

Remember I said it is our Resurrection Day, too. When Jesus arose, He conquered Hell and the grave. He took our sins upon Himself on the cross and then with His walking out of the tomb, took the keys of death and sin from satan.

Those of us who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior are free from sin! We were dead in our sin, laying in a tomb so to speak. And when we asked for forgiveness of our sin and to have Jesus be Lord of our lives, we arose new creatures, new creations. Like it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, using the NKJV again, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

It is similar to the cocooned caterpillar who is “dead” to the world until one day it opens the cocoon and out it pops. It's transformed into a beautiful butterfly.

It is like when it is winter and all plant life and most of the animal life is “dead” to the world. And then, spring comes and it all comes to life.

All things have become new to us.
Are you still living in your grave of life? Have you given your life over to God? Are you walking around in your grave clothes like Lazarus and your sin stinketh?

Right now, today, you can change that. You can become a new creation. Today can be your Resurrection Day.

Peel off your old grave clothes. Let Jesus be Lord and Savior of your life and allow Him to give you a garment of pure white.

His blood as us white as snow. Only His blood can take us from black as sin to white as snow. If you don't understand this, please instant message someone on the ministry team. We'll be happy to explain it to you.

I'm going to pray and then I'll dismiss you all.
Father God, thank you again for this day and this time to be in Your presence. I ask that You speak to our hearts and help us to be more like You. I pray for those who are still in their grave clothes. Guide them to Your Truth, to You. I love You, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.

If you need to go, you can do so. We will have a time of prayer and ministry now here at the altar. If you need prayer or just need someone to talk to, please instant message me or someone on the ministry team.

After this time at the altar, we will have fellowship in the room to your left, my right. Come and join us there.

God bless you and Have a wonderful Resurrection Day! Go in peace.