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The Living Word: The Best Morning EVER

The Best Morning EVER

John 20:1-18

I had a number of disturbing conversations this week; people were so intent on proving themselves right, that they were unwilling to even entertain the idea that they might in the slightest way be wrong. The SCARY thought is that some people interacting with me might have thought the same thing!

How Do We Miss What God Is Doing?

* We LOOK But Don’t SEE ~ John 20:1-9

  • 1/2 Mary jumps to the wrong conclusion
  • 3/7 Peter saw lots of details
  • 8 but John BELIEVED (he trusted Jesus)
  • 9 I think this is key: they didn’t understand from Scripture; each relied on their own interpretation of what they experienced (not necessarily bad, but shouldn’t be the ONLY interpretive method)

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

* We HEAR But Don’t LISTEN ~ John 20:10-18

  • 10/13 Mary notices details (v12) but doesn’t understand
  • 14 confused? distracted? EVER HAPPEN TO YOU?
  • 15 the RISEN CHRIST stands in front of her, and she can only imagine a dead body; the world STILL has this problem
  • 16 but Jesus calls her BY NAME
  • 17/18 and gives her a mission; WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?

Jesus STILL CALLS US BY NAME – will we cling to our old dead understanding? Or will we hear Him calling TODAY?

Out of the Ordinary: Missing The Signs

Out of the Ordinary: Missing The Signs

Matthew 12:38-45

Google Maps does NOT always get you where you want to go!

Reasons for Missing God’s Signs

Rejecting God’s Right ~ Matthew 12:38-42

  • 38 context: they’re saying this because Jesus had the AUDACITY to chew them out cf.v34 “brood of vipers”
  • 39 sign of Jonah: Jewish tradition of warning to Israel~REPENT! Nineveh did, what’s YOUR problem?
  • 40 verification: Messiah will rise!
  • 41 Nineveh heard Jonah’s message: will Jesus’ hearers?
  • 42 Queen heard Solomon’s wisdom; will we trust Christ’s?

Repentance Requires Replenishment ~ Matthew 12:43-45

  • 43/44 Warning: just stopping “being bad” isn’t enough
  • 45 either be filled with the Spirit or be worse than ever

We’re intended to live in a relationship with God; we can’t do that if we’re not listening for His leading.

The Road To Resurrection: Contains Potholes

The Road To Resurrection: Contains Potholes

John 7:40-52

Have you heard about Domino’s Pizza “Paving For Pizza” advertising campaign? It’s gaining mindshare by fixing potholes in towns all across America. Is this a good or bad idea? Depends on your point of view, and how much you like pizza…

Problems With Potholes During Our Journey Of Faith

Thrown By A Wrong Theory ~ John 7:40-44
(we can’t rely on mere human knowledge)

  • 40 cf. Deut 18.15-18; Jesus’ reference to speaking from God would certainly call this prophecy to mind {some rely on tradition about Jesus}
  • 41/42 Messiah comes from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2); they thought Jesus was BORN in Galilee since He lived there {some rely upon hearsay about Him}
  • 43 they made up their minds on PART of the story; we still do this today! {without the whole story, they’re stuck}
  • 44 the crowd couldn’t decide who He was… so they couldn’t decide what to do. THIS is true today, too!

Stuck With A Wrong Source ~ John 7:45-52
(we can’t rely on sheer human power)

  • 45/48 POWER frustrated when they can’t control Jesus for their own ends
  • 49 POWER dismissive of those who DO follow Christ
  • 50/51 notice SOME in power still investigate Jesus (but it’s rare)
  • 52 POWER gets stuck in hearsay too!

We must NOT assume that a life with Jesus is going to be a life without difficulty. Our Road to Resurrection Contains Potholes – how we DEAL with these difficulties shows what we really believe about God.

Snapshots from Mark: Misunderstanding The Miraculous

Snapshots from Mark: Misunderstanding The Miraculous Sermon Audio Here

Mark 16:1-8

Your body is lined with a network of fluid-filled cavities that—until now—were unknown to science. The team that made that discovery thinks the cavities qualify as a new human organ, which they’ve dubbed the “interstitium,” Live Science reports. After death, it isn’t visible. The first disciples didn’t understand the Resurrection: because they were looking for death when they encountered LIFE.

What Can Happen When God Does The Unexpected?

We Miss the Miracle ~ Mark 16:1-3

  • 1 Doing what is expected: anointing the body for long term burial
  • 2/3 Focused on their duty, they’re unprepared for obstacles

We Misunderstand the Miracle ~ Mark 16:4-7

  • 4 God’s already taken care of the obstacles
  • 5/6 young man=unnoticed angel; the message is more important than the messenger (true for us, too!)
  • 7 remind others the truth of what Jesus has already said (Mk 14:28)

We’re Muted by the Miracle ~ Mark 16:8

  • 8 They don’t do what they’re told because they don’t understand

WE don’t require understanding of God’s ways for obedience. Wwe may WANT it, but it’s not required!
1. Acts 9: Ananias told to pray for Saul, is told WHY;
2. Acts 10: Peter is given a vision, is told the message, and STILL DOESN’T GET IT


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