by John Barnett

When Jesus Seems Distant-Look For the Risen One
John Barnett
John 20:11-18

Jesus lives-The Tomb is empty.

Death is defeated-The Grave is opened.

God is in control-His Word is true.

The Devil's power is destroyed-God won.

Historic Faith can say Christ Lives-but Saving Faith always says Christ Lives in me!

Saving Faith says
Christ Lives in Me

Have you cried out "God be merciful to me" through Christ and confessed that you have broken God's Law and are "the sinner" that Jesus died and rose to save?

If not you can this morning, Jesus is here, alive and with His arms open wide to you!

Today we celebrate Christ's Resurrection. But what does Christ's rising from the dead imply to us today who are saved, and know Him personally? It means that Christ now is free to be everywhere all the time. During His earthly ministry Jesus could only be in one place at a time.

Open with me to the Garden Tomb, on Resurrection morning in John 20:11-16 .

This morning, many of us are so often like Mary heading to the Tomb on Resurrection Sunday.

All the memories of Him flooded her mind. Jesus had loved her, forgiven her, and made her so many promises. But now Jesus seemed to be so far away, all of those things seemed distant to Mary.

When Jesus Seems Distant-
Find the Risen One

Mary needed to see Jesus. That is why she was last at the Cross, and first at the Tomb. Mary came needing Him, and was now first to see the Risen Christ. Only He could strengthen her faith and comfort her heart and that is what He did.

John 20:11-16 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb.12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.13 Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him."14 Now when she had said this, she turned ...

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