HE IS RISEN!
WHAT A DAY THAT WAS — WE MUST NEVER FORGET!
God chose women to be at the empty tomb first, and they believed. When they ran out to tell the men, “They did not believe the women, for the words seemed to them like nonsense.” (Luke 24:11)
Luke the physician is actually using a medical term to describe the women. It is “hapax legomenon” and means the delirious talk of the very ill! Still, a quickening arose in the hearts of Peter and John, and the race began!
Yes – the grave was empty! Yes – Jesus had risen from the dead! Our God is an awesome God. This scene at a Michael W. Smith concert moved me, for God’s people were so eager they began singing before he did – and when he stopped playing the piano, they kept singing. OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD. Here is that link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38V8jnN1Kpw
Some of us are quicker to believe than others – some of us, like Thomas, want more evidence. Caravaggio did this painting of Doubting Thomas, but I love how he shows that it isn’t just Thomas wanting to see the wounds the nails left – the others are looking too.
It is easy to be slow to believe, yet Jesus is patient with us. Perhaps my favorite account is the walk to Emmaus at the close of Luke, when “a stranger” joins two disciples who are grieving the crucifixion.
As He walks with them, He begins to show them how the Old Testament taught that Christ had to come and suffer and be raised from the dead. When He broke break with them at dinner, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him.
At The Gospel Coalition, the theme was “Christ in the Old Testament” and many powerful speakers opened our eyes to see him, causing our hearts to “burn within us.” Tim Keller made the parallel between the Exodus out of slavery in Egypt to our exodus out of Slavery. Perhaps you know the song The Horse and Rider Fell Into The Sea – the last verse is The Grave is Empty Won’t You ComThe Passover Lamb pointed to a Better Lamb, Moses to a Better Moses. No doubt many of you already knew this, but Keller took us deeper. What I’d like you to do this week is listen to Keller’s message and while listening or afterwards, answer the questions in the Bible study part. You’ll want to have your Bible open to Exodus 14. Here is the link which you can listen to immediately on your computer or download and put on your Ipod. If you cannot figure out how to do this, you still will be able to answer some of the questions in the Bible study.
1. Tell us how God met you this holy week or Easter Sunday.
2. Keller says there are innumberable references to the Red Sea crossing in the New Testament, paralleling our exodus with theirs. What was one he mentioned that impact you and why?
3. OUR BONDAGE HAS LAYERS.
A) As Eustace, in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader had layers, so do we. Sara Groves sings, “I’ve got layers of lies…” What did the Israelites say they said in Exodus 14:12?
B) What did they really say in Exodus 4:29
C) When you are tempted by your idol, whichever one is particularly plaguing you, what are some of the lies you tell yourself?
D) Keller says they were objectively free, but not subjectively free. What did he mean? How does this relate to you?
E) What else stood out to you from this section?
4. HOW DO WE GET OUT?
A) What does Exodus 14:15 say?
B)How can you apply this to your struggle with your idol?
C) The object, not the strength of the faith is what matters. This was probably may favorite part of Keller’s message – and I hope they video stream it so you can see him. But he contrasted two kinds of people going through the Red Sea – one with very strong faith and another with weak. Listen and describe what he said:
D) Why did they both get through? What does this teach you?
E) Brilliantly, Keller shows how water in Scripture portrays the Gospel. It can symbolize creation and God’s mercy or de-creation and God’s wrath. Listen and find examples of each:
i. Creation and God’s mercy
ii. De-creation and God’s wrath
5. What else stood out to you from this message?
6. What is your take-a-way this week?
7. Do you have a Resurrection Song you’d like to share? (We’ve learned that sometimes when you give a link we have to approve the comment, so don’t worry if it doesn’t appear immediately.)