JESUS IS A FRESH START AND LIVING HOPE

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

Kenwood Fellowship Church
April 5, 2015 [RESURRECTIO SUNDAY]
Ken Bashford, Pastor
Jesus is-
Message: “Fresh Starts and Living Hope”
Scripture Reading –1 Peter 1:3-9 NIV / John 20 -all

Memory Verses: / Romans 6:8-11
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. .

What does the text say?
What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

After Jesus had been crucified, died and had been buried, the disciples were put in a mental and emotion state of what do we do now-where is our hope-what does the future hold? But all of that was about to change-

On that Sunday morning the women went to the tomb and discovered it was empty. In their excitement they rushed back to tell the disciples and the risen Jesus appeared right before them. Their lives were changed. They went and told the disciples. Simon Peter and John rushed to the tomb and saw that it was empty. Peter wondered to himself what had happened. John’s gospel tells us that later that day; Jesus suddenly appeared to all the disciples except Thomas in a locked room. Once they encountered the risen Jesus and were filled with the Holy Spirit, their lives were never the same. They were new people, transformed, because they were forgiven of their past by the sacrifice of Jesus, and given a new future, new life.
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After winning his third Super Bowl, Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots was on “60 Minutes” and he said this in his interview: “Why do I have three Super Bowl rings and still think there’s something greater out there for me? I mean, maybe a lot of people would say, ’Hey man, this is what is. I reached my goal, my dream, and my life.’ Me, I think, ’God, it’s got to be more than this.’ I mean this isn’t, this can’t be what it’s all cracked up to be.” Some would claim Tom Brady had achieved what most men dream of, the chance to win not just one Super Bowl but three. Still in his twenties he should have been at the top of his life, and yet he still felt as though something were missing, his life was still empty.

In contrast to this, I’ve been reading Tony Dungy’s book, Quiet Strength. For those who may not know Tony is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts who won the Super Bowl in 2007. He’s a strong Christian and in retrospect to his Super Bowl appearance he wrote this: “The Super Bowl is great, but it’s not the greatest thing. My focus over the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl was Matthew 16:26 in which Jesus asks, ‘And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul?’ Our guys could gain all the accolades and success of this world yet loses touch with their priorities, their principles, and the God who loves them.”

Two different Super Bowl winners, two very different perspectives. One feeling empty, the other satisfied because it wasn’t his primary goal in life anyway. Following our way eventually leads us to emptiness, disappointment, and fulfillment. BUT FOLLOWING CHRIST COMPLETES US

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If you hear nothing else this morning remember this, people who encounter the risen Christ are never the same. We become a new person, a new creation in Christ Jesus. As the Scriptures say the old has gone and the new has come. NLT Romans 6:4 and just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
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Additional Bible Verses to Review

John 11:25 ESV
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
1 Thessalonians 4:14 ESV
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
John 6:40 ESV
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
Luke 14:14 ESV
And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Hebrews 11:19 ESV
He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
1 Corinthians 6:14 ESV
And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
Romans 8:38-39 ESV
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:4 ESV
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Acts 24:15 ESV
Having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.
Romans 8:11 ESV
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 ESV
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Daniel 12:2 ESV
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.