Today we celebrate the most significant event in history—the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
For centuries, various groups have sprung up claiming the resurrection of Jesus is a fabricated story.
- Disciples stole the body.
- The resurrection was a spiritual event. Jesus didn’t physically rise from the dead.
- The Roman soldiers, crucifixion experts, made a mistake and Jesus was never really dead.
We really believe that…
- Jesus really died.
- Jesus was really buried.
- Jesus really, physically, resurrected. Defeating hell, death, and grave!
This single event has changed the world. It’s effects are still reverberating throughout time. It has the power to change the most calloused heart. To heal the most broken soul.
Upon seeing his risen Savior, Peter stood before the very people who executed Jesus and declared:
Acts 2:23b-24 (NIV) - You, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
It was this same Peter who wrote:
1 Peter 1:3-5 - All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
This is an incredible promise. Because God raised Jesus from the dead we now have hope!
1 Peter 1:6 - So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.
Isn’t this the essence of the gap?
The gap between…
The husband I am — and the husband I desire to be.
The mom I am — and the mom I know my kids deserve.
The job I have — and the career I long for.
We’re always trying to escape the gap. Try harder. Do more. It’s exhausting.
1 Peter 1:7-9 - These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
Peter tells us that there is purpose in the gap—that there is purpose in the middle of whatever you’re facing right now.
I know it doesn’t feel that way. Our experience with gaps is that they bring frustration, not purpose. Disappointment, not purpose. Heartache, not purpose. Fear, not purpose….
What’s the purpose? »TRUST. JESUS.
My trust proves that my faith is genuine.
The reward is our salvation.
1 Peter 1:10-12 - This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.
For you! God has orchestrated all of heaven and earth to announce this message, sent from heaven, to you!
Jesus meets you in the middle!
The resurrection proves there’s an end to your gap.
His work in the grave, guarantees purpose in the middle.
1 Peter 4:6 - That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead—so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit.
Don’t miss it. Jesus’s purpose wasn’t put on hold for three days waiting to be resurrected—He IS the resurrection. All of creation, all those who believed, who trusted in Him, who longed to experience this salvation God had revealed to them, were waiting for God to make good on His promise.
So Christ, in the grave, in the middle of death and resurrection, declares the Good News to all those who sat in the gap. Their faith was not in vain.
Purpose has awaken!
God wants to speak life into the things in your life that you have let die. Your dreams, your hope, your vision, your faith.
It all begins with trust.