Worship Service April 4, 2021

In-person & Online Worship Service

Sunday - 9AM

Apr. 04, 2021

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First Words

Seeing Is Believing ~ Believing Is Seeing

Matthew 27:62-66, 28:1-10 & John 20:1-8

1. The _____________ 

     a. It points to the answer of a question everyone should ask—Who is ___________?

     b. We don’t believe Jesus rose from the dead because the ____________ tells us so.

     c. The story of Jesus wasn’t ____________ telling apart from the resurrection.

     d. ____________ expected no body.

“So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull. There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. He bowed his head and gave up his spirit. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.

“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus...With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.  He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.  Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

John 19:16–18, 30, 35, 38–42

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”  Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.  The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed…”

John 20:1-8  

2. The ____________

     a. ____________ world changed immediately—The resurrection of Jesus reframed the rest of his life.  

“Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side.”

John 20:24–27

“Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”  

John 20:27–28

     b. ____________: Seeing is Believing

“Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:29

     c. ____________: Believing is Seeing

     d. John closes with a simple invitation to ____________ and trust.

“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

John 20:30-31

     e. Eyewitness ____________ News

3. Conclusion ~ An Invitation To The Table.