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“Just Like Us”
I. The Pattern
A. God Leads (1-2)
B. Man Chooses (3, Prov. 14:12)
C. The Grace of God
II. 2 Lessons for Today
A. Every step away from God’s will is a downward step.
B. We get away quickly, we recover slowly.
I Who is Jesus?
A. Alpha and Omega, First and Last, Beginning and End (vs 13)
He is God
He is alive
He is the bridge
He is not bound by time
He is constant
B. Root and offspring of David (vs 16)
He is the Messiah
C. Bright Morning Star (vs 16)
He is relief from darkness
II What does He want from me?
A. Wash my robes (vs 14-15)
B. Come (vs. 17)
C. Take (vs 17)
“A Grand Entrance”
Jesus appears to:
A. Soothe pains (11-18)
B. Pacify fears (19-23)
C. Quell doubts (24-29)
Jesus still appears through:
A. Testimonies (29; I John 1:1; I Cor. 15-3- 8)
B. The Word (John 5:39; 20:30-31)
C. The Church (20-21; Acts 1:8; Eph. 1:22-23)
“What Happened Here?
*Seeing is believing
3 perspectives on the empty tomb:
A. Thievery (1-2; Lk. 24:9-11; Matt. 28:11-15)
B. Mystery (3-7; Lk. 24:12)
C. Faith (8-9; John 2:18-22; Lk. 24:25-27; John 19:35, 20:30-31)
*Believing is seeing enough!
Question: How do you see the empty tomb? (2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:1)
I. Furtive following
A. Joseph of Arimathea (Matt. 27:57; Mark 15:43; Lk. 23:51)
B. Nicodemus (John 7:48-51)
C. Other disciples (John 12:42; 20:19)
Question: What frightens you about following Jesus?
II. Fearless Faithfulness
A. Publicly asked for the body (38; Mark 15:43)
B. Prepared the body (39-40)
C. Buried the body with honor (41-42; Mt. 27:60; Is. 53:12)
Question: What will you do with the Body? (Lk. 22:19; I Cor. 12:27)
“A Reliable Witness”
I John 1:1-4
1. Who was John? (Mark 10:35; John 1:35-39; 19;26-27; 1:18; 13:25)
2. Why is he a credible witness? (I John 1:1-2a)
3. Why and to What does he testify?
* The promise of eternal life (I John 1:2b)
* Mutual fellowship (I John 1:3)
* Joy that is complete (I John 1:4)
“Come Before Winter”
2 Timothy 4:9-22
I. Why should we not delay?
A. Windows close (9, 21a)
B. Life is short (James 4:13-15)
II. What should we not delay?
A. Relational investment (9-12; 19-21)
B. Biblical study (13)
C. Christian witness (16-17)
D. Trusting God (18, 22)
2 Timothy 4:6-8
1. What kind of departure will you have? (6; Heb. 9:27)
2. What kind of legacy will you leave?
A. A disciplined life. (7a, 2 Cor. 6:4-5)
B. A directional life. (7b)
C. A doctrinal life. (7c)
3. What kind of reward will you leave (8)
2 Timothy 3:16-4:5
I. Why do we need God’s Truth? (3:16-17; Deut. 6:4-7)
II. Why must we cling to God’s Truth? (4:1-5)
*What we want is not always what we need!