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In this message from Easter Sunday, Pastor John Lindell shares an encouraging sermon titled, "It’s Not What You Know - But Who You Know." Join us as we study the story of Jesus' resurrection from John 20:14-16 and hear powerful truth about knowing and loving Jesus. Our prayer is that this message would build your faith and encourage you to pursue a deeper relationship with God.
Scripture ReferenceJohn 20:14-16
It’s Not What You Know - But Who You Know
John 20:1-13 ESV
"Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him."
Mark 16:1-3 NIV
"When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
Matthew 28:2-4 NIV
"There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men."
John 20:1-2 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!”
Matthew 28:5-6 NIV
"The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
John 20:10-11 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…"
John 20:12-14 NIV
"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."
1st You can be near Jesus and not know Jesus
Matthew 7:21-23 NIV
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
2nd You can know about Jesus and not know Jesus
John 20:15a ESV
"Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him,"
Jesus died for our sin:
Romans 5:8 NIV
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Jesus is the only one who can save us:
Acts 4:12 NIV
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Jesus is the only way to God:
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.”
Eternal life is knowing Jesus:
John 17:3 NIV
"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."
Knowing Jesus is a whole new life:
John 10:10b MSG
"I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of."
3rd You can know Jesus when you open your heart to Him
John 20:16 NIV
"Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).