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In this Easter Sunday message, Pastor John Lindell celebrates the greatest day in history, the day Jesus defeated death and rose from the grave! Our prayer is this sermon strengthens you to put your faith in God and see Him transform your life.
Scripture ReferenceJohn 20:1-3, 10-18
When Mary Sees Jesus
John 20: 1-3, 10-18
John 20:1-3, (NIV)
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!" So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.
John 20:10-18 (NIV)
Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?" "They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!"
1st You can know about Jesus and miss Jesus
Romans 5:8, (NIV)
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
John 14:6, (NIV)
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 3:3, (NIV)
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. "
John 3:7, (NIV)
You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
2nd You can be near Jesus and not see Jesus
At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."
3rd You can know Jesus when you put your faith in Jesus
John 20:16, (NIV)
Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).
2 Corinthians 5:17, (NKJV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.