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I Corinthians 15:19-26 “Hype of Hope or Here in Heart?” 04042010 BRUMC

19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. 21 For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; 22 for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Hope is the confident anticipation that something or event will occur.

Hope is the faith is active waiting for a promise to be fulfilled or completed.

Hope is a motivator, but it is not the final product.

Hope gets us by, Christ gets us in.

When we have hope, we are never disappointed or abandoned.

When we loose hope, we are certainly broken and lost.

Hope is conditional. Its A Good and powerful gift of God, but our hopes change.

Would you rather Hope that Christ would return,

or have Christ bring you into God’s heart?

Would you rather have HOPE that things would CHANGE,

or have Christ with you when you experience change that dashes your hopes

and dreams?

I hope you find Jesus Christ.. as if he were an Easter egg filled with jelly beans in tuft of grass in the park.

I hope things will turn out ok?

I hope I can get by? I want you to have more than HOPE..

VS.

Christ wants you to have LIFE, and have it abundantly, fully.

There is nothing in the world that can stop God, not even death.

Think about death.. Most folks don’t want think about it..

Don’t talk about it — it might come near..

Don’t plan for it – it might come too quickly…

How many things do we do to avoid or prepare for death?

Funeral arrangements? Insurance?

Heath care? Choices about what we put in and how we use our body?

Worry? Fear? Eat/Drink? Breathe?

Death comes to us all, but not to our spirit for those who hope in Christ.

EASTER has more to say about life and death than any message in the world:

The message of the Resurrection is not only that Christ Lives!,

Some would say so what?

Good for him.. where is he now and what good is it to me?

Some would say, I know they correct answer, I win the chocolate bunny!

But is knowing the correct answer give you power and hope?

What Paul wants the church at Corinth and at Blue Ridge to know:

Here is what the resurrection of Jesus Christ says to us all:

You are more than the sum of what you HOPE your accounts will be.

You are more than your highest HOPE for a job or house.

You are more than your HOPE for you best earthly relationships.

You are more than your own ideas, dreams and emotions.

Jesus’ conquering the limitation of death is our promise:

That God wants nothing to come between us.

Imagine a garden maze, a corn maze, a race racing in a lab experiment:

The Cross of Jesus Christ removes history of failed attempts

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ removes walls & draws a straight line

Yes, many times things come between us AND each other…

This is not God’s hope and will for us..

God wants to move all the obstacles so we can run to him.

Most often YOU and I build obstacles for our selves and for each other.

We are Easter People: we tear down walls. We are each others worse enemy, not death and taxes..

To know God’s will for our lives is to see that God has purpose and work for us.

The resurrection removed the heaviest limitation… our earthly life and physical body… for SO MANY folks they don’t see more than they can touch and control…

Jesus’ death, death on the cross, is God’s crossing over to reach us.. even though we have not understood or fulfilled the law, or done what was good and righteous..

Jesus’ resurrection, the empty tomb, the coming back to life is our bridge to cross back over to God.

Something that is too heavy to carry: will you let it keep you out of the arms of God?

Something that is too difficult to face: will you let it keep you out of the face of Love?

Something that is too painful to express: will you let it keep you out of the heart of Peace?

Do you want to talk about what happened back then on the first Easter

Or do you wanna talk about what Christ wants to do in your life THIS Easter?

Give him your worry and fears

Give him your doubts and questions

Give him your pains and grief

Give him your emptiness and control

Live in Me. Live in Me today.

Be re-born / born in my THIS Easter day…

Lord I want to be more Holy

Lord I want to be more Real

Lord I want to be more Like what you need me to be.

Resurrect my life, replace my hope, with you assurance and presence..

I don’t want to fool myself or you

I don’t want to play church and act like a Christian

Lord make us YOUR body and live IN right now.

Sunrise Service:

Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26

136:1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

136:2 O give thanks to the God of gods,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

136:3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

136:4 who alone does great wonders,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

136:5 who by understanding made the heavens,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

136:6 who spread out the earth on the waters,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

136:7 who made the great lights,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

136:8 the sun to rule over the day,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

136: 9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

136:23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

136:24 and rescued us from our foes,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

136:25 who gives food to all flesh,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

136:26 O give thanks to the God of heaven,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Isaiah 55:6-7

Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Isaiah 12:2-6

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Ezekiel 37:1-14
37:1 The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know." …. 37:12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 37:13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 37:14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act," says the LORD.

Romans 6:3-11

For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Luke 24:1-12

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared.

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
but when they went in, they did not find the body.

While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again."

Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.

Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

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