This post was from notes as our Pastor Allan ministered to the Easter Crowd.
We are a miracle of a miracle working God. I don’t care how terrible your situation seems; just know that God is able and willing to do a miracle for you. He is still in control and Jesus is alive. Easter is not about a big dinner or the barbeque to follow this service, but we are focused on Jesus and that he is living and ready to bless and keep you.
Luke chapter 24:1-6 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, certain women, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord. (Because they could not find the dead body) - -they were greatly perplexed; and behold, two angels (appearing as men) stood by them in shining garments. Then, as the women were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, the angels said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
Jesus was betrayed, despised, taken prisoner and abused. As he was arrested, he was made fun of, beaten, whipped, and cruelly crucified. God’s plan was that justice be done for the sins of mankind. Jesus took your place and paid the price for your salvation.
He carried your sins, addiction, pain, sickness to a far place and left them there. Why would Jesus do this? His great love for you and for me took him to the cross.
The heavy stone sealing the tomb was rolled away and the angels announced “He is not here, but is risen as he said!”
Why search for the living among the dead. The grave is empty.
Many are searching for something to bring them peace - - just not today.
Where are you looking for that which satisfies? At the bar? No, you will not find it there. Why are you searching among the dead for the living?
Actually the disciple’s faith was weak, and at first they could not believe the report that Jesus was alive.
We often are rebellious, hard hearted and slow to believe. Hold your head up and walk straight as Jesus paid for deliverance and it is time to walk the Holy path.
Honestly sometimes we are guilty of walking up and down; roller coaster style instead of how God desires us to be sold out for God and walk according to His will.
We all have bad days, and we forget and begin to search at the grave yard. We forget that when we come to Christ, old things pass away and we become a new creature in Him. Stop searching among the dead.
He who they pierced is waiting for you to embrace Him, a final once and for all time.
We don’t understand and are confused and can’t figure it out. We think it is too difficult.
It is because you are still searching among the dead. What are your searching for? The living is not among the dead.
There is a certain way to accomplish what God has for you in the kingdom. Do you desire to become a teacher, a prophet, a helper?
The answer is simple: Search among the Living for Christ – Come give it all to him and receive all he has for you. Begin now - - don’t delay.
This is not a Sunday experience, even though we feel a lot better in the church service, but what about the rest of the week? Desire for more, and keep searching in the right place.
The ocean is strong with its tides – In and out – torrents and calm. God desires you to level out and make the change as He works on you.
Don’t make deals with God saying; “I’ll serve you some day, or I’ll serve you if you do this or that.”
Come and lay it all down at Jesus feet. Where do you search for the living? Understand that some places of “worship,’ are not full of life. Test the place you go for fellowship – is there death or life in the pot? Find a place where there is life and a new experience that brings you eternal life.
As we take communion today, remember this is my blood that was shed for you, It is exactly that - - this is the new covenant. The old is stagnant and is after the flesh.
It is time for a change for the brand new you.
His eternal purpose is life and not death. Search your heart today and decide now to partake of life. Jesus is the way the truth and the Life.
He is not dead but He is alive as He said.
Pastor called for those seeking life to come forward and many came to be prayed for.