If Jesus rose from the dead, then someday we can go to heaven, too. Right? Is that the message of Easter Sunday? If so, what are we supposed to do in the meantime? What if we don’t die right away? Does Easter have anything to say about what happens to people on this side of heaven? What does it say about things like pandemic disease and economic ruin? Pastor Luke teaches from Matthew 28:1–10 in “Resurrection.”
The first Christians struggled to carry out the mission that Jesus the church. We still find it difficult today, for the same reason: because it requires us to cross boundaries. Sometimes, however, we are able to succeed … because the Resurrection changes everything. Pastor Luke looks at Acts 10:34–43 in “This Changes Everything (Part 1),” the first message in a new series for Easter.
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April Fool’s Day is a natural fit for Easter. The breathless report of the women seems like the setup for an April Fool’s prank. The joke would have been on the disciples, if Jesus hadn’t been raised from the dead. But what if Christians are right, and Jesus did rise? What then? Pastor Luke teaches from John 20:1–18 in “April Fool’s Easter.”
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Although Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, is at the heart of Christianity, it is widely misunderstood … by Christians as well as others. Many people think that by rising from the dead, Jesus proved we can go to heaven when we die. But the reality is far, far greater than that.
Because the women who found the Tomb empty forgot how Jesus had predicted his own death and resurrection, they were puzzled about what happened to his body. But behind the problem they faced lies a deeper mystery: what does it mean that Christ was raised from the dead? And what does it mean for us today? Pastor Luke looks at 1 Corinthians 15:19–26 in “It’s a Start.” Continue reading “It’s a Start — Easter Sunday”
Mark’s account of Easter morning includes a detail the other accounts lack: the women were concerned about who would roll the stone from the tomb. This makes Mark’s account uniquely useful for people trying to decide what they believe, and whether they can lean their lives against Jesus. Pastor Luke teaches from Mark 16:1–8 in “Empty Tomb.”
After Easter, then what? The good news of Jesus is that he became human and lived for us, died for us, and was raised to life again for us. But not long afterwards, Jesus ascended to heaven. Where does that leave us? What are we supposed to do now? And how are we supposed to do it? When the first disciples asked Jesus that question, he laid out his program for them and for us. What did he tell them? Pastor Luke preaches from Acts 1 in “Restoring the Kingdom,” the first message in a new series “Kingdom of God.”
Is Easter relevant to us today? It’s fascinating to learn that Jesus was raised from the dead, but does it matter to us? The answer, as you might guess, is ‘yes, Easter is relevant.’ Easter changes everything! Jesus promised he would die and be raised, and if he was able to keep that central promise, it means we can trust all his other promises. Pastor Luke looks at Luke 24 in “Looking for the Living.”