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This is the sermon for Easter Day, “He Is Risen!”. Preacher: The Rev’d Adam Lowe. Bible Reading: Luke 24:1-12
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BIBLE READING: Luke 24:1-12
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
CONNECT: Who are the people in your life who, by their own admission, would never become Christians? How can you be praying for them and reaching out to them this week?
Did you do anything different to celebrate Easter this year? How was it?
What was most significant, or helpful, in your celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection this year?
READ Isaiah 53:1-6
In what way does this passage point to Jesus? Why do you think the idea of a suffering-servant who was also King was so surprising?
How does Jesus’ death alleviate us from guilt rather than making us feel condemned?
How is the depth of God’s love declared on the cross?
READ Luke 23:26-49
How does verse 34 point to Jesus’ ultimate purpose? How has it been fulfilled?
What was the irony in the mocking of Jesus, “he saved others, let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah the Chosen One”? Do you think we can ever mock Jesus with our lives?
How do the responses of the two criminals hanging alongside Jesus contrast? What is amazing about the insight that the criminal shows about the nature of Jesus’ Kingdom?
What is significant about darkness coming over the land? How about the curtain being torn in two?
All throughout the Gospel of Luke people have been confused about who Jesus is. Do you have confidence about who Jesus is? What is your response to this?
READ Luke 24:1-12
What is the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection? (Try to brainstorm as a group.)
How is Jesus’ resurrection the defeat of death and the beginning of life? When will death be destroyed?
What’s significant about the declaration of the messengers in verses 5-7? Why do you you think the women were afraid? Why did Jesus’ words then make sense?
The women go and tell all they had seen. How is this a great model for us? Who can you tell this week?
APPLY This Week: What is something - even very simply - about your Easter celebrations that you could share this coming week? Who would you like to share that with?
Heavenly Father, thank you so much for the Easter weekend. Thank you for your phenomenal love poured out for us, and for your defeat of death. Help us to never take the Gospel for granted but to revel in it, proclaim it, and be transformed and renewed in it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
On Your Frontline This Week: As people ask you how was your Easter break, can you point them to your hope in the risen Jesus?
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