Easter is all about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In this message, we look at the implications of the resurrection to bring hope into every area of our lives. God wants you to have a living hope that sees His plan for your life in every circumstance.
The Hope of Easter
Messengers of Hope – Part 1 (John 20:1-18)
Life Church St. Louis – April 8, 2012
Pastor Dan Walker
Matthew 12:21 (NIV) In his name the nations will put their hope.
1 Peter 1:3 (NIV) In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1. God gives _______________
Luke 8:1-2 (NIV) The Twelve were with him [Jesus], and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;
2. Dreams may _________
John 20:1-2 (NIV) 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. 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!"
John 20:10-11 (NIV) Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying.
3. God is _________________
John 20:11-12 (NIV) but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
John 20:13-14 (NIV) 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." At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
4. God restores _________________
John 20:15-16 (NIV) "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." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).
5. _________ somebody else
John 20:17-18 (NIV) Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.