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The Reality of the Resurrection

A.D.: Episode 2    The Reality of the Resurrection

TEXTJohn 20:19-26 (ESV) 19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 
20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 
21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 
23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” 
24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 
25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 
26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 


27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 
28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 
29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 

WHAT DOES THIS MESSAGE MEAN TO US?

RESOLVE

John 11:25-26 (LAZURUS) 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 
26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 
27She (MARTHA) said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

1. The Reality of the Resurrection strengthened the disciples’ RESOLVE.

Resolve is defined as commitment, boldness, and courage.  

Scripture after scripture attests to the power of the resurrection story in the lives of the disciples:

• “They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead” (Acts 4:2).
• With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. AndGod’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all” (Acts 4:33).
• “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Romans 6:5).

2The reality of the resurrection strengthened the disciples’ relationship with Him.

The reality of the resurrection is found in the relationship that Jesus had with His followers.

3The reality of the resurrection is found in restored lives.

In John 21:15-17 we find what is called Peter’s Reinstatement

The death and resurrection of Jesus left a profound impact on Peter’s life. He finally learned what it meant to be a disciple of Christ. After denying Jesus, it’s probably a lesson he would have preferred to learn differently. But itwas a moment Peter would never forget. 

Jesus pursued Peter . . .

Jesus invited Peter . . .

Jesus began the conversation with Peter . . .

And the conversation was about love.

Jesus restored Peter to confirm His word over Peters life:

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it (Matthew 16:18).

Restored intimacy after failure is great for the relationship:

• The relationship is more intense.
• The relationship is more genuine.
• The relationship is more pure.

The restoration of their assignment teaches them:

1. to stay . . . together
2. to wait . . . for power
3. to trust . . . in God 
4. to remember . . . God’s promises

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