Its Easter-So Don't Lose Heart
Dr. Stan Coffey
II Corinthians 4:14-18
Key verse 16: "therefore we do not lose heart"
WE DO NOT LOSE HEART BECAUSE JESUS IS:
I. THE RESURRECTED CHRIST
II. THE RECONCILING CHRIST
III. THE RESTORING CHRIST
IV. THE RETURNING CHRIST
A. The Saints Will Be Resurrected
B. The Saved Will Be Raptured
C. The Skeptics Will Be Rebuked
D. The Spirit Will Be Removed
Because of the trials and difficulties of life we have all been there. The burdens of life become so great that they are almost unbearable. There are seemingly unsolvable problems and unbelievable pressures in life that crush our spirit and our hope.
The disciples of Jesus had lost heart after Jesus had been crucified. They had left all to follow Him. Their hopes and dreams for the future were tied up with Him. All of it came crashing to the ground when He was taken prisoner in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Then He was taken to trial. Then He was crucified, the most cruel and shameful death that one could die in that time. They saw their Master reviled, spit upon, beaten, and crowned with thorns. They heard the mockery of the crowd. They feared for their lives
and holed up in the upper room, bolting the door and locking the windows. They expected that what happened to Jesus would also happen to them. They had truly lost
heart and were indescribably discouraged. But then all of that changed. In John 20:19 Jesus appeared unto them in that upper room, just in the nick of time.
For forty days Jesus convinced them He was alive forevermore. He comforted them concerning the future. He commissioned them to go into all the world to preach the Gospel. After His Ascension, they prayed for ten days and on Pentecost they came
forth with the boldness of a lion, preaching the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, and 3000 souls were saved. The rest is history. They took the gospel to the know world at that tim ...
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