Luke: Living the resurrected life-02/23/20

Message: ‘Walking the resurrected life’    

Text: Luke 23:54-24:12

Introduction: PP:A grandfather lost his treasured watch during a family gathering. So he called his grandchildren together and said,  ‘I’ll pay twenty-five dollars to the one who finds my watch.’ This sent the kids on a mad scramble to find the watch. But the youngest grandson just sat and watched his brothers, sisters and cousins all come back empty-handed. The next morning at breakfast, he handed his grandfather the watch.  ‘How did you find it?’ asked the puzzled old man. ‘I just got up real early and listened for the ticking,’ replied his clever grandson. (John Courson)

PP: I believe that story tells a tale of how we’ve chosen to live… even as Christians.

We choose to live in the noise of our surroundings. PP:

I was speaking to someone on Thursday about that very thing… we spend so much of our time connected to the noise: PP: TV, Internet, Cell Phones, Earbuds. Some even wear them to sleep.
It’s as if we want to noise, to drown out the still small voice of God in our lives.

PP: We choose to be held captive by the busyness going on all around us.

We’re always on the move, but with no real purpose other than just getting something done.
In the church, we ‘do ministry’ but we rarely serveothers.

And we make the assumption that our busyness is helping us grow as a Christian. But sometimes our busyness is just another attempt to drown out the still small voice of God in our lives.

Islife supposed to be that way? As followers of Jesus Christ,

We are alive!
We have a future and a hope!
We are called by God!
And have a purpose!
We have a home!
We have a family!

But… we’re living like none of that’s true.

PP: Look to your left between the windows.

Those signs represent where weve chosen to live.
Those signs represent our dependence upon the noise and busyness in our lives.
Those signs represent the results of that dependence… I feel… and none are good feelings.

God, knowing we would do that, we would FEEL that way, inspired the Apostle Paul to write Romans 6:4 PP: We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For the Christian, there’s more to life than just being alive, physically. By God’s grace, it means we’re alive spiritually.

And with the spiritual life, that new life given to us by faith in Jesus, comes a new way of living…

I’ve titled this message Walking the resurrected life. Because the resurrection of Jesus from the grave changes everything… everything…

nothing in the life of the Christian is not affected by the resurrection of Jesus. Why?

Because by faith in Him, we too have been resurrected… That’s Romans 6

That’s not just a future thing when we die, it’s a present reality and the only reality that gives us the power to successfully navigate our journey of faith.

In our text this morning we’ll see some followers of Jesus who began walking the resurrected life. And they left us an example to follow.

Transition: Open your Bibles to Luke 23:54.

1. Luke 23:54-24:1  We Show Up

PP: Luke 23:54-24:1 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with Him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.

Let me set the scene.

The women in our text, expected their lives to go back to what it had been before they met Jesus.

They saw Him killed and they knew He was placed in a tomb.
All the talk about a new life… well, seemed empty. The promise of life in God’s Kingdom… only wishful thinking.

What would they do now?

It seems they found out from either Joseph of Arimathea or Nicodemus where they placed Jesus’ body.

So with the location of the tomb, they went home to quickly prepare the spices and other things necessary to complete the burial process.

Then the text tells us they rested on the Sabbath… 6pm Friday, till 6pm Saturday.

It was too dark to go back after the Sabbath Saturday night, so early Sunday morning the women take the supplies and head back to Jesus’ tomb.

Not only to finish the burial process, but perhaps to say goodbye to Jesus… and to all that He had said and done.

I’m sure they felt depressed, disappointed, shocked and a bit alone. But… they were faithful women so, they still went to the tomb to bury Jesus.

However, well find that when they arrive, they find the tomb empty.

That means they never got to finish Jesus’ burial process.

So, they felt depressed, disappointed, shocked and a bit alone.
And to top things off, they didn’t get to do what they come to do…

So why even mention this is Scripture? Because no matter how these women felt… they got on the field ready to play the game, even though the game was called on account of rain… (baseball spring training started.)

In other wordsthey showed up!

These women couldn’t do any really great things for Jesus.

They couldn’t speak on His behalf to the Sanhedrin.
They couldn’t speak to Pilate on Jesus’ behalf.
They couldn’t even take Jesus body from the cross.

But… they did what they could… they showed up!

Look, we have cup/mugs that say a lot of really good Christian things: PP: Perhaps we should all have one like this PP:

Everyone, look again to your left.

Like the women in our text, you too might not feel like showing up… for worship, for serving, for teaching your children about Jesus, for being His witness to those in your sphere of influence.

But.. regardless of how you feel, when your walking the resurrected life, you show up!

2. Luke 24:2-8  We Remember

PP: And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek 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 delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered His words.

The women get to the tomb early Sunday morning and not only find the stone rolled away, but the tomb empty! Jesus’ body is gone! Can it get any worse for them?

Before coming to the tomb, they felt depressed, disappointed, shocked and a bit alone.
Now, the text tells us, they felt perplexed and frightened.

They’re not having a good day. But that changed when they meet the angels who told them: Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.

Sidebar: Look, the Holy Spirit is still reminding us of that very same thing today. Why do you seek the living among the dead?Only for us it’s more like Why are you looking for life where there’s only death?

PP: When the Christian looks to the world for relevance, for value, for hope, for security, for acceptance, it’s like going to a cemetery and talking to the graves asking them for their opinion on something.

There is NO life there. Yet… we still seek their advice and acceptance.

PP: The message from the angels forever transformed the lives of not only these women but the rest of the disciples who would soon see their risen Savior.

Everything about their lives will change.

How they viewed the world around them.
How they viewed who Jesus is.
How they viewed their present reality.

It was no longer about how they felt about themselves, but what God, through Jesus, had said about them.

Everyone, look to your right. The signs between the windows remind you who you are, in God’s eyes. Christian, this is not just your future, it’s also your present reality.

So, what changed for these women in our text, beside finding out that Jesus had been resurrected? They remembered!

They remembered what Jesus had said, what He had promised about Himself and His resurrection.
And that caused them to remember what Jesus had said about them!

When we’re walking the resurrected life… we remember Who Jesus is and who we are because of Him.

3. Luke 24:9-11  We Speak

PP: and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

When were walking the resurrected life… we speak… we tell others about the resurrected Jesus!

Did you notice that’s exactly what the women in our text did?

What happened to them feeling depressed, disappointed, shocked and a bit alone? To feeling perplexed and frightened? Because when you feel that way, you rarely speak about Jesus…

What happened? Jesus was raised from the dead. And they remembered all that Hesaid.

It altered their lives.

They took a step into resurrection living and began to be empowered, to be bold, to be confident; not in themselves but in the resurrected Jesus.
So they told others about Him… in this case, Jesus disciples.

Look, it didn’t matter that the disciples didn’t believer them at first. They still showed up and they spoke for Jesus!

It would be up to the resurrected Jesus to change the minds and hearts of His disciples.

Friends, that’s still how it works today.

We show up, we remember and we speak about the resurrected Jesus to all those who will listen.
Then, prayerfully, we leave it in Jesus’ hands.

PP: We speak life to those who are dead around us. We can do that:

Because Jesus is alive.
And because we too have been resurrected by faith in Him.

We speak life, because we have life!

4. Luke 24:12  We Look Around & Marvel

PP: But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

When I read this my heart latched on to the words lookingand marveling. Because we rarely do either, anymore.

We choose instead to live in the noise of our surroundings.
We choose instead to be held captive by the busyness going on all around us.

Our senses are over stimulated, our lives are overburdened.

There’s no time to look, there’s no strength to see beyond the surface.

And we miss soooo much of what God is doing all around us.

PP: When I was in seminary, one of the things we had to do, was spend the weekend in NYC with the sole purpose of looking for Jesus.

It was a transformations experience. Blocking out everything else, we had to intentionally look beyond the surface, to see what God was doing right in front of us.

To do that, we had to truly believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and working in  the world around us, in front of us.

Talk to me sometime about that.

At least part of the purpose for that excursion into NYC was to rediscover what it meant to marvel in God and His works.

We don’t marvel in much because we make no time for reflection, for asking God to open our eyes to who He is and what He’s doing around us.

Both are a necessary for the joy found in marveling at God and His works.

PP: Peter, in the midst of his fear, of his doubt, of his guilt… chose to look for Jesus. When he did, he encountered the truth of Jesus’ resurrection… and he marveled at what God had done  

PP: Conclusion: Christian,

It’s time to stop living based on how you feel and to start living based on who God says you are.

It’s time to stop living as if the resurrection of Jesus doesn’t matter and to start living in the present reality of not only Jesus’ resurrection but of your own, as one of His followers.

It’s time to show up, to remember Jesus, raised from the dead.

It’s time to speak to others about your resurrected Lord.

It’s time to look for Jesus at work around you.

And it’s time to marvel that He IS alive… and that He has given you that same resurrected life.

Christian,

Look to your left: Take a step,away from how you feelabout yourself.
Look to your right: Take a step, towards, who God says you are.

It’s time to start walking the resurrected life!