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April 21 - He is Risen (Luke 24:1-12)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

Worship Songs

How Rich A Treasure We Possess
It Is Finished
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
Hail The Day That Christ Arose
Christ Is Risen

Luke 24:1-12

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

Summary

While Christmas has turned into a shopping extravaganza, Easter has not garnered the same commercial interest. Yet Easter secures the interest of every Christian, for without the resurrection of Jesus, all his prior work of the incarnation, miracles, teaching and even the crucifixion is rendered meaningless. The resurrection is the crowning work of the cross.  

Review and Apply

What is the difference in knowing truths and living in the reality of truths? In what areas do you know the truths of God but do not use them?

What are the various responses to the resurrection?

How does the empty tomb provide evidence for the resurrection? 

How does Jesus show the incredible value of women in this passage? How has our culture devalued women?

How does the resurrection encourage you to follow Jesus with greater joy?  

In what ways does the resurrection change your view of Jesus?

How does the resurrection provide comfort to you as you consider the depth of your sin?  

How will this lead to greater worship this week?