Good Tidings from Graveyard on Easter — 2019 April 21

Drawing of a cave with a round stone beside the door and the words, "Empty Tomb"
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Easter Message from Pastor Ken

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Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019

Drawing of a woman with a scarf covering her head and the words, "He has risen from the dead . . ."

Good Tidings from the Grave Yard…  Matthew 28:1-10

Here are some differences between Jesus and other great men.

Confucius                  born in 551 B.C.    Died in 479 B.C.

Buddha                      born in 563 B.C.    Died in 483 B.C.

Muhammad               born in 571 A.D.    Died in 632 A.D.

Jesus of Nazareth       born in 2 B.C.       Died 30 A.D.      Risen 30 A.D.

Easter is Good Tidings from the Graveyard and Good Tidings, in spite of several things. 

1. Good Tidings from the graveyard, in spite of

                                                     prospects. 

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdelene and the other Mary went to the look at the tomb.”  Verse 1

Drawing of a cave with a round stone beside the door and the words, "Empty Tomb"

2. It was Good Tidings from the graveyard, in spite of

                                           problems. 

          “There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.” Verse 2 

The problem – the stone

Three things the women were encouraged to do when they saw the resurrection. 

They were encouraged to                                                to see what had happened. 

Meaning enter and take a good look

Drawing of an angel with the words, "He is not here for he has been raised, as he said."

“He is not here.”  “For He is risen, just as He said.”  “Come and see the place where He lay.” Verse 6 

They were encouraged to share that He is risen just as He said He would.

          “Go and tell the disciples.” Verse 7

They were encouraged to                                                     .        

“They left rejoicing.” Verse 8

Photo of a tomb with a round stone beside the door and the words, "He is not here for he has risen!"

3. Good Tidings from the graveyard in spite of

                                                         

“While the women were on their way to tell the disciples of this Good Tiding (News). 

The guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that happened. The chief priests met with the elders to devise a plan.  The plan—pay off the

guards with hush money and give them a false story.  Fake Tidings (News) They were told to say, “His disciples stole the body of Jesus while they were sleeping.”  If this report gets back to the governor—we will make sure he is satisfied too—keeping you out of trouble. The soldiers took the hush money and did as they were instructed.”            Verses 11-15

 

4. It was Good Tidings from the graveyard because of God’s                                                  . 

5. It was Good Tidings from the graveyard because of God’s                                                    

 

We are in need of two things: 

We are in need of a                                                    

Home means where there’s warmth, security, positive reinforcement, and lots of good love. 

We are in need of a                                                      

 Horizon means something beyond their finger tips, something greater than themselves.

Greatness stirs, excites, builds, and challenges us

until we reach beyond ourselves. A horizon is something to live and die for.   

What is Easter all about?

A power that not only can raise Jesus from the dead. 

It is a power that can change our home, our direction, to take a void in our life and began to put fullness into our lives. 

He is Risen!  He lives!  Hallelujah!

Portrait of Kenneth L. Williamson wearing glasses, a gray jacket over a white shirt with pastor's collar.
Rev. Kenneth L. Williamson

SONG OF PREPARATION

I Raise a Hallelujah

I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies

I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief

I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody

I raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me

CHORUS

I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm

Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar

Up from the ashes, hope will arise

Death is defeated, the King is alive!

 

I raise a hallelujah, with everything inside of me

I raise a hallelujah, I will watch the darkness free

I raise a hallelujah, in the middle of the mystery

I raise a hallelujah, fear you lost your hold on me!

CHORUS

BRIDGE:

MEN: Sing a little louder                    

      WOMEN: (Sing a little louder)

Men: Sing a little louder                     

      WOMEN: (Sing a little louder)

Men: Sing a little louder                    

      WOMEN: (Sing a little louder)

Men: Let’s sing a little louder    

      WOMEN: (Let’s sing a little louder)

MEN: Sing a little louder                   

      WOMEN: (in the presence of my enemies)

Men: Sing a little louder                     

       WOMEN: (Louder than the unbelief)

Men: Sing a little louder                    

       WOMEN: (My weapon is a melody)

Men: Let’s sing a little louder    

       WOMEN: (Heaven comes to fight for me)

CHORUS: Instruments cut out. A Cappella voices. Clapping

I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm

Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar

Up from the ashes, hope will arise

Death is defeated, the is alive!

CHORUS: Instruments rejoin voices, Clapping continues.

 

Oh, I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm

Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar

Up from the ashes, hope will arise

Death is defeated, the King is alive!

The King is alive!

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