Randal L. Ross
Name: Behind Closed Doors
Service: Sunday AM
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: EASTER 1999
(19) On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples
were together, with the DOORS LOCKED FOR FEAR of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" (20)
After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples
were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (21) Again Jesus said, "Peace
be with you! AS THE FATHER HAS SENT ME, I AM SENDING
YOU (22) And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the
Holy Spirit. (23) If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if
you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." (24) Now Thomas one
of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. (25) 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 it." (26) 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!" (27)
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out
your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." (28)
Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
INTRO THE COMPASSIONATE RESURRECTION
A. WE HAVE GATHERED TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE
GREATEST VICTORY IN HISTORY; THE RESURRECTION
OF JESUS CHRIST.
1. THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST IS THE MOST
POWERFUL AND TRANSFORMING EVENT IN
HISTORY! (ALL OF WHAT WE DECLARE, BELIEVE
HINGES ON THAT FACT!
2. THE GREATEST EMPIRE IN THE WORLD COULD
NOT SEAL IN HIM, THE DOUBTERS COULD NOT
SLOW ITS MESSAGE. JESUS IS ALIVE! HE IS RISEN
B. THE RESURRECTION IS THE VICTORY OF GOD IN THE
DARKEST MOST EVIL PLACE IN ALL THE UNIVERSE;
HELL ITS ...
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