St. Johns
Meeting the Resurrected Jesus
April 1, 2018

Meeting the Resurrected Jesus

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady

Happy Easter! He is risen! He is risen indeed! Amen! Sunday, April 1, is Easter. We may celebrate the resurrection on April Fool’s Day, but it is no joke! God brought Jesus back to life to prove to the world that Jesus is God’s Son, and was sacrificed for the sins of the world. The resurrection transforms the death of Jesus from a heroic symbol to God’s offer of salvation for all of us through faith!The sermon “Meeting the Resurrected Jesus” is based upon the post-resurrection appearance of Jesus to the disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. It seems like such an ordinary day because the disciples are on a fishing excursion, but they have not caught any fish! Jesus shows up but they do not recognize him. As this story unfolds, we realize that Jesus is working in this world to meet all of us so that we will recognize him. As you read this fishing story, notice how the resurrected Jesus continues to show the disciples his power and love. We realize, however, that Jesus also wants to show all of us his power and love! John 21:11-19 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” (NIV)

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