Sunday, March 27, 2016
The resurrection is the greatest comeback story in history
We all love a good comeback story…
Everyone loves a good comeback story. Because comeback stories give us hope.
TEXT: John 20:1-2
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
The Ingredients of a Great Comeback Story
- All Hope Has to be Lost.
You can’t be a little down, you have to be WAY DOWN
When Jesus died, all hope was lost.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” – John 20:19
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. – Luke 24:19-21
The people that opposed Jesus were convinced that they had won – that they had gotten rid of the problem
- It Has to Be Witnessed.
A great comeback has to have an audience. There has to be a crowd to witness what happened.
Jesus’ comeback was witnessed by many
It was witnessed by Mary Magdalene and the others
It was witnessed by the disciples – who came to His tomb and later when He appeared to them
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. – 1 Corinthians 15:3-6
Jesus comeback was witnessed by many. They had lost hope. They were hiding behind locked doors hoping that they weren’t the next ones to go to the cross. Then suddenly they were empowered. They were bold. They were speaking publicly and they were taking beatings for Christ. What changed? They saw the resurrected Christ – the witnessed the comeback! And it changed everything.
- There Has to be a Win.
The comeback has to mean something. It has to matter.
Jesus’ comeback matters because it makes it possible for us to come back from our sin.
Jesus comeback didn’t just prove that He was who He said He was. Jesus comeback makes it possible for you and I to be reconciled to God and to experience the freedom of a clean conscience and moral purity.