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Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Death of Death

Happy Easter!
Notes: The Death of Death
by Greg Laurie on Apr 21, 2019
Sunday morning
John 21

Luke 24:1-8 NLT
[1] But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. [2] They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. [3] So they went in, but they didn't find the body of the Lord Jesus. [4] As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. [5] The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, "Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? [6] He isn't here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, [7] that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day." [8] Then they remembered that he had said this.

When Jesus died on the cross He conquered sin. When He rose three days later, He conquered death.

All of us will die, but we don’t have to fear death.

Maybe you can approve the quality, but you can not change the quantity of your life on second, only God can do that.

Death died when Christ rose.

Because Jesus died, I as a Christian will never die.

What death did to Jesus, is nothing compared to what Jesus did to death.

Some feel God Himself, has let you down.

Imagine the disappointment the disciples felt when they witnessed Jesus die.

But then three days later, they are told the tomb of Jesus is empty.

John 21:3-12 NLT
[3] Simon Peter said, "I'm going fishing." "We'll come, too," they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.

[4] At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn't see who he was. [5] He called out, "Fellows, have you caught any fish?" "No," they replied. [6] Then he said, "Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you'll get some!" So they did, and they couldn't haul in the net because there were so many fish in it. [7] Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, "It's the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. [8] The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore. [9] When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them-fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. [10] "Bring some of the fish you've just caught," Jesus said. [11] So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn't torn. [12] "Now come and have some breakfast!" Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord.

5 takeaway truths:
1. I will one day receive a new body.

1 Corinthians 15:20-21 NLT
[20] But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. [21] So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.

2. Our glorified bodies will be much like Jesus’s.

1 John 3:2 NLT
[2] Dear friends, we are already God's children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.

1. He was recognized
2. It did not have normal limitations.
3. He ate food.

We will meet the great saints of old and be reunited with our loved ones.

1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT
[12] Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

3. Our bodies will no longer age, get sick, or break down.

4. Disability will be gone.

5. There will be a final judgment

Acts 17:31 NLT
[31] For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead."

Heaven is not for good people. Heaven is for forgiven people.

The only way any of us will get in is because of God’s grace and God’s forgiveness.

Jesus bared the sin of world, more specifically He bared my sin!

How to accept Jesus Christ into your life:
1. Realize you are a sinner.
2. Recognize that Jesus died on the cross for your sin.
3. Repent of your sin.
4. Receive Jesus Christ into your life.

Eternity hinges on this decision.

Jesus wants a relationship with you!

Jesus said either you are for me or against me.

Best regards, 

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