He Has Risen

What does Easter make you think of? To many, it brings up images of bunnies, egg hunts, pretty dresses, family gatherings, and ham (lots of ham). Come this Sunday to find out what the resurrection of Jesus really gives us (hint – it is not any of these things, but is in fact much, much better).

He Has Risen
What the Resurrection Gives to Us
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – April 16th, 2017

Intro:

  • So, it is Easter- what’s the big deal? We have Easter baskets, Easter bunnies, Easter egg hunts, Easter dresses, Easter family gatherings, and Easter ham
  • There are many ways that we celebrate, which are all fine and good. We also give things to each other – which can be an expression of love.
  • This morning, we are going to talk about the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection and what it gives to us.
  • We are looking at the opening lines that the Apostle Peter wrote to us from his letter called 1 Peter. After he gives his initial greeting, he dives into giving us instruction and encouragement from of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The resurrection gives us a living hope

1 Peter 1:3 HCSB

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

  • Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . . . (again, Peter as a witness)
  • We have been given a hope that is alive (not dead) – that we, too, will live again. The end is not the end: everything will be made new and right
  • The resurrection gives us a living hope: a living hope comes from a new birth (we are made alive because he has given us new life)
  • The new birth is a result of God’s great mercy (which means God is a merciful God)
  • This causes us to give praise and glory to God
  • We have a hope that is alive because of what God did through Jesus Christ

The resurrection gives us an eternal inheritance

1 Peter 1:4-5 HCSB

and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

  • We are not just going to receive life everlasting- we will receive an inheritance from God that will not decay. It ispure and entirely good- it will not lose value over time (things on earth go in this direction – things in heaven do not – heaven is the real value).
  • We are being protected by God’s power (His activity) through faith (our activity) for salvation that will be revealed (like a curtain being pulled back) in the last time.
  • The resurrection of Jesus gives us a living hope (for salvation and renewal) and an inheritance.

The resurrection gives us a powerful perspective

1 Peter 1:6-7 HCSB

You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to be distressed by various trials 7 so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

  • The resurrection give us a perspective on our life, and the difficulties and distress we face.
  • You rejoice in this, and fix it in your heart and mind, so that it will be a source of Joy for you. This joy will give you strength and perspective – (people going through hardships and persecution).
  • Even though for a “short time” – the word means “puny” – our time here is very short in comparison to eternity
  • Distress and difficulties come to prove the genuineness of your faith (anyone can have “faith” when things are going well). I will know more about you from where you stand when things are not going well, than where you stand when things are going well.
  • And this tested faith will result in praise, glory and honor and when Jesus Christ is reveled.

The resurrection gives us glorious joy

1 Peter 1:8-9 HCSB

You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

  • We love him, even though we have not seen him physically. We know about his life, what he said and what he did, and we see the affect that he has on people.  We don’t see him now presently, we believe in Him (what He has done and what He has promised)
  • And we rejoice (present tense) with “inexpressible and glorious joy” – I think that we don’t think of salvation and eternity enough – none of us do, because if we did I believe we would have way more Joy – if we had way more joy, there would be an attractiveness to us which would make an attractiveness to Him . . .
  • Why? Because we are receiving the goal of our faith.  The goal of our faith is salvation – not more stuff and a better existence on earth

Conclusion

  • The resurrection of Jesus gives us: a living hope, an eternal inheritance, a powerful perspective and a glorious joy!
  • As you give gifts to each other, place deep in the center of your soul the point, power, and promise of what the resurrection of Jesus Christ gives to you.

Questions for the ride home:

  1. What in today’s message hit home with you?
  2. What can you do to experience more joy in your life from what you heard today?
  3. What is the best thing that you can do with your life now considering what is yet to come in eternity?