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The Marvel of the Resurrection (Luke 24:1-12)

April 8, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have the privilege of rejoicing at the glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ each week, but this week we focused particularly on the significance of Easter morning. This week’s sermon displays the awe-inspiring Gospel of Christ’s Resurrection. Pastor Duncanson invites us to consider marveling at the Resurrection. The focus of this sermon is on the saving power of the Resurrection and the start of a life.

Easter Sunday HD Wallpaper. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

Easter Sunday HD Wallpaper. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

Resurrection Power: Christ is Risen

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise. And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. (Luke 1:1-9; ESV).”

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was a glorious event, not simply because Christ was raised from the dead, but also His Resurrection is our motivation for living. He told His disciples the manner in which He would die, and then He told them He would rise on the third. Think about it, if Christ is raised from the dead what did His disciples have to fear, since not even death could keep Him from accomplishing His plan to save sinners?

Resurrection Power: Peter is Revitalized

Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. (Luke 24:10-12; ESV).”

Pastor Duncanson carefully gives attention to the emotional state of the disciples to help capture the overwhelming joy they felt when they learned Christ was no longer in the grave. In particular, Peter was the vehement leader among his fellow disciples, who rightly professed Christ, but denied and abandoned His Lord. Therefore, when Peter heard the Gospel on that Sunday morning, he was revitalized from his deadened state to marveling at the Resurrection of His Lord.

Do you marvel at the Resurrection?

Peter placed his confidence in his own ability instead of humbly listening to the Word of God in Christ. When Peter was given the opportunity to die for Jesus, his flesh failed him, his heart was left exposed and his sin overwhelmed (cf. Matthew 26:41). However, when he heard the Gospel on Sunday morning, he could marvel because he realized that God in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is able to forgive His sin and strengthen his heart to follow Him faithfully (cf. Psalm 73:26; John 21).

Listen to this week’s full sermon for free and check out the sermon note below.

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