Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Luke 24:1–24:12, Luke 24:36–24:39, Luke 24:44–24:47, Luke 24:50–24:52, John 20:29
Week four of a four-week series leading up to Easter, where we discover how the story of Jesus' final days affects the direction of our own personal story
Luke 24:1-8 NIV
1 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. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 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? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
“Crossroads: where our story meets His.” Each week in this series, we’ve looked at different people in the Bible (like Judas, Peter, and Barabbas) and how their stories intersected with Jesus during the final days and hours of His life. Their stories show us that we too can have our own Crossroads moments with Jesus just like they did 2,000 years ago.
Luke 24:9-11 NIV
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.
Easter Crossroads #1 - Openness
“Do I think the resurrection really happened or do I think it’s nonsense?”
Am I open to consider that Jesus died on the cross and actually rose from the dead?
Luke 24:12 NIV
12 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.
Easter Crossroads #2 - Curiosity
“What does the resurrection of Jesus mean to me personally?”
Will I pursue my wonder that His death and resurrection aren’t just real, but that they’re also for me?
Luke 24:36-39 NIV
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
Luke 24:44-47 NIV
44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Easter Crossroads #3 - Faith
“Will I trust in Jesus as my Savior for the forgiveness of my sins?
Do I believe with all my heart that Jesus died and rose again for me?
Luke 24:50-52 NIV
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
Easter Crossroads #4 - Worship
“Will I worship Jesus above everything else for the rest of my life?
Will I follow Jesus for every hour of my week and in every area of my life?
John 20:29 NIV
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Whether your Easter Crossroads is one of openness, curiosity, faith, or worship, the blessings of God are waiting for you. For those who know and follow Jesus, there are blessings both for this life, and even greater blessings for the life to come where we will enjoy the beauty of heaven as we worship forever Jesus Christ our glorified Lord.