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Easter 2019

Apr 21, 2019 | Tom Mertz

The Linen Don’t Lie | Easter | St. George

John 20:1-13 Early 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. 2 So 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!” 3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally 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.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. 11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They 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.”


Question: When Life hurts and you feel hopeless, what do you turn to?


John 20:14-16 At 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." 16 Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).


Fact: Mary did not find hope in religion, ritual, or numbness - she found hope in a PERSON.


Observation #1: The teachings of Jesus aren’t enough to keep us from despair - only the concrete TRUTH of the resurrection could do that.


Observation #2: Joy is discovered not simply in KNOWING Jesus, but in being KNOWN by Him.


John 20:18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!"


1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

Romans 10:9-10, 13 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved…13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”


Observation #3: Salvation comes when in faith I TRANSFER my trust to Jesus.


Bottom Line:


On Friday linen meant the end of LIFE (the loss of hope).


On Sunday linen meant the end of DEATH (hope regained).


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:


1. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt hopeless? Explain what that felt like.

 

2. What are some of the things that people turn to in hopeless time?

 

3. If you didn’t know how the Easter story finished, how would you feel as you watched Jesus’ body get wrapped in linen and placed in the Tomb?

 

4. On Sunday we noted that Joy is discovered not simply in knowing Jesus, but in being known by Him. How would you explain that to someone who does not yet know Jesus as their Savior?

 

5. Read 1 John 1:1. While we have the understanding that the church is built on Scripture teaching, the rapid spread of Christianity in the first century was tied to eye witness accounts of Jesus resurrection. Why do you suppose that that is?

 

6. What are you doing to continue spreading the message of the eye witness accounts?

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