It’s Resurrection Sunday!
But like the early disciples and much of today’s world, it seems that few understand what His Resurrection means. Today’s message explains the meaning of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead and gives an opportunity to make new life the theme of your present life.
It’s An Easter Sunday Thing
A boy story. It’s a boy thing. About 30 years ago. The firewood on the jungle gym. Dropped a piece behind him. Right on the little brother’s face.
It’s a boy thing. You wouldn’t understand.
Imagine a visitor from another country and culture coming here and trying to understand why Americans celebrate Easter the way Americans do. This holiday is about Jesus, right?
So what’s up with the bunny theme? Blow up bunnies, chocolate bunnies, stuffed bunnies? And colored eggs, what’s with that? Dropping eggs out of a helicopter and sending children out to find them. Or Peeps?
It’s an American Easter thing, you wouldn’t understand.
We don’t understand the Resurrection unless He explains it to us.
13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. 17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” 18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
When Jesus rose from the dead it wasn’t as if He never mentioned it before. And yet He did, many times. You would think that they would have understood. But over and over again, they didn’t.
The women at the tomb. The disciples in their room. The men on the road to Emmaus.
Were they less intelligent than we are? Were they somehow very short sighted and not as sophisticated as we are? Ah, no. Just look around. Do you see people flocking to Jesus because everyone understands what He did and why He did it, and what He accomplished there?
Maybe you don’t understand either. And it’s okay. Because just like the two men on the road to Emmaus, it has to be explained.
The World is still broken and you are a sinful person.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
As a result, there’s hurt, confusion, sadness, discouragement, depression, anxiety and a whole host of other problems. No wonder so many TV police dramas write scripts based on real news. Well, I’m not as bad as all of that. Actually, yes you are. Given a lack of upbringing, the wrong environment, you would do just as bad. It’s because you, like me, like everyone else, has a bad, broken heart.
There is still one, single answer to this. It’s Resurrection from the dead. His and then yours.
Jesus was raised from the dead, on the third day after His death by Crucifixion. It is still the best documented event of ancient history. And because He rose from the dead, He can offer new life to anyone who believes on Him, trusts Him and hands over the old life to Him.
He is still alive and available today, right now, to turn things around.
And because He is still alive, He is walking with you on your road. And He’s explaining things, eternal things to you. If you’re understanding what I’m saying at all, it’s because He has been doing that by the Holy Spirit.
So let’s turn around and go back to Jerusalem together. Meaning, respond to Him speaking to you. You won’t hear a voice, necessarily, but you will understand. Give your life over to Him.
And if you already know Him, respond to Him again. Take up your Cross, daily, today, and recommit your life, your heart, your future, in a resurrected life, based on His Resurrection. The one we celebrate today, with the living Lord Jesus.