HE IS RISEN, DEATH IS DEFEATED

Mark 16:1-7

4-4-21 Easter

Intro – Easter is celebrated by Christians because it reminds us we live forever with Jesus in heaven.

I. He is risen, the tomb is empty!  Luke 24:6

            A. Satan would like to make you think someone just took His body. Matt.28:12-15

            B. Jesus had predicted this outcome long before it happened. Mk.10:34, Lk.24:7, Mt.16:21, Mt.12:40

            C. Many were eyewitnesses to His resurrection.  1Cor.15:4-8, Jn.20:27-28

II. Death is defeated.

            A. Satan’s biggest threat defeated.  Rev.2:10, Lk.12:4, 1Cor.15:55-57, Phil.1:21

            B. We will live after death.  Jn.11:25-26, Job 19:25-27

            C. We will be just like Jesus. 1Jn.3:2

III. Eternal life is ours through faith in Jesus.

            A. Not in anyone or anything else.  Acts 4:12

            B. We believe Jesus. Jn.20:31, Rom.10:9

                        1. There is life after death either in hell or heaven.  Lk.16:23-24, Rev.20:10, Lk.12:5

                        2. There is a heaven.  Jn.14:2-3

Con. Do you believe? Are you trusting Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life in heaven?

COMING TO YOU

Zechariah 9:9-10

March, 28th 2021

Intro – This text speaks of the fact that the Messiah would come to Israel. Vs 9 speaks of His first coming and vs 10 of His second coming. And as surely as He came the first time He will come again.

I. Palm Sunday celebrates the fact that Jesus did come to Jerusalem.

            A. Jews were expecting a King to rescue them. Matt.21:3

            B. Jesus fulfills prophecy by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Matt.21:6-7

            C. He came humbly. Phil.2:8

            D. He came to rescue them spiritually. Jn.10:10, Jn.11:25-27, Matt.4:16-17, Lk.1:78-79

II. He will come again.

            A. He has promised us He will. Jn.14:3, Acts 1:11

            B. There are 2 phases to His return.

                        1. The Rapture.  1Thess.4:13-18, 1Thess.1:10, 5:9

                        2. His return to Jerusalem. Zech.14:4-5

                                    a. To defeat the enemies of Israel.  Zech.14:12, Rev.19:11-21

                                    b. To reign on earth for a 1000 years. Zech.14:16, Rev.20:4

III. Will you be ready?

            A. The Lord comes first for the believers. Rev.3:10, 2Pet.2:9

            B. Unbelievers will be left to face the wrath of God. 2Thess.2:11-12

            C. Believers who are rescued will return with Jesus at the end of time. Rev.19:14

Con. Join the family of God today, be ready for the great events that are soon to take place.

SHOUT FOR JOY

Isaiah 49:8-13

March 14th, 2021

Intro- Our text speaks of the millennium when the Israelites are back in the land and Jesus is ruling over them.

They will have been redeemed. In that sense it also speaks of our redemption.

I. A light has shown in the darkness.  Luke.1:78-79

A. Show yourself, stop hiding from God.  Rom.3:20, Ps.51:3

B. Go forth, be free from bondage. Rom.7:14, Ps.51:10-12

C. Shout for joy a Savior has been provided. Lk.2:10,13-14, 20

D. Even nature celebrates. Ps.65:8

II. All you need has been provided.

A. The righteousness you lacked. 2Cor.5:21

B. The forgiveness you needed. 1Jn.1:7

C. The perfection you could never attain. Eph.2:8-9, Col.2:9-10

III. Jesus has saved you, shout for joy.

A. He brought you out of the darkness of your sin. Ps.107:1-2, 10, 13-15

B. He has brought you into the light. 1Pet.2:9, Eph.5:8-9

Con. Shout for joy, let everyone know what Jesus has done for you. Ps.71:23, Rom.10:9

ASK FOR A SIGN

Isaiah 7:10-15

March 21st, 2021

Intro – God both condemns and approves of men seeking signs in the bible. Whether it is an acceptable or unacceptable thing to do depends on the motive and whether or not faith is involved. In our text today God wanted to give a sign but wicked king Ahaz refused to accept the offer. God gives one anyhow.

I. Examples of good signs in the Bible.

            A. Gen.9:13 – rainbow              E. Ps.86:17 – David

            B. Ex.12:13 – Passover blood   F. Lk.1:34 – birth of Jesus, 

            C. Ex.31:17 – Sabbath day       G. Lk.2:12 - Shepherds

            D. Judges 6:36-37 – Gideon     H. Mal.3:10 – tithe

II. Seeking for signs can be a bad thing.

            A. The devil does signs. Deut. 13:1-4, Matt.7:22-23, 2Thess.2:9

            B. Wrong motives seek signs. Acts 8:18-22

            C. Unbelief seeks for signs. Matt.12:38-39

            D. Unbelievers wrongly test the Lord. Ex.17:2, 7, Deut.6:16, Mt.4:7

III. What Jesus wants is for you to trust His word.

            A. The gospel is God’s plan of salvation. Mk.1:15

            B. Take Him at His word. 1Thess.2:13, Acts 16:31, Rom.10:17

                        1. You don’t need to prove what He has promised.   Acts 2:38

                        2. If Jesus said it, faith accepts it.   1Cor.14:22

            C. Believe both the Old and New Testaments.  Jn.5:46-47

            D. To reject His word is to reject Him. Jn.12:48 

Con. Don’t be a sign seeker, be a bible believer.

A MIGHTY FORTRESS

2 Samuel 22:1-7

March 2nd, 2021

Intro – A fortress is a place of protection. It is a refuge, a place of care and provision.

I. A refuge is a place of protection.

            A. Satan attacks believers. – Lk.22:31, Job 1:12

            B. We have Someone and somewhere to go to for refuge. Isaiah 1:18

                        1. We have been given physical fortresses.  Jn.20:19, 26

                        2. We have a spiritual refuge. Jn.9:31, Jn.14:13-14, 1Tim.2:5

II. We need a refuge.

            A. Because we are sent out into a vicious world.  Mt.28:19, Lk.10:3

            B. On the battlefield we will be attack. 1Pet.5:8, Mt.10:17-20

            C. Remember Christ is always with you. 2Tim.4:17, Ps. 23:4

            D. Christ gives us opportunity to rejuvenate. James 4:7-8

                        1. The more we recharge the stronger we are. Rom.12:2

                        2. When alone you are an easy target, keep focused.  Job.19:25-27, Peter 1Cor.15:5

III. God always hears our cry for help.

            A. He encourages us to come to Him. Is.1:18, Mt.11:28

            B. We may wander from Him but He never leaves us. Heb.13:5.

Con. – Today let us remember what Jesus has done for us and what He will do for us.

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