An Easter Surprise

on April 20, 2014

Matthew 28:1-8  Guest Pastor Dr. Raymond Wise

A pleasant surprise is when you’re treated to lunch or dinner, unexpected check in the mail, pay increase.  When life gets tough everybody looks for a pleasant surprise. Unexpected surprise takes place somewhere you least expect it.  Sudden surprise is boring or mundane but something makes you smile.  You wonder how things are supposed to work out.  Be above and beyond because only God could have done that.

Jesus got victory over death.  The disciples made it through the week.  Thursday Sunday they are surprised that he was still alive to tell the story.  They saw him nailed to the cross and buried. Have you ever had a triple whammy? You get out of a traumatic abusive relationship and go home to be treated with emotional and verbal abuse just to get dumped off in another state.  Yet you lived to tell your story.  That’s an Easter surprise.

Went to the tomb looking for something dead but found something alive.  Jesus was alive and standing up.  Risen from the dead.  God can take dead things and bring it back to life.  The moment I let go God stepped in.  God breathed life into somebody who doesn’t like you.  I have set it up for you to get a blessing in disguise.

He came back.  After everything he came back. Confirm his word.  He had to come back to make the devil a liar.  If the disciples saw them it would solidify their beliefs.  They held him at this feet and worshiped him. He came back and changed us forever.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.   He came back with a gift to last forever, eternal life and salvation.  Two cars and the first car has already paid the fair and the attendant waves his or her hand for them to come through the gate.  That’s God he’s already paid the cost.

Easter is just not today.  When God chooses you to resurrect something in your life, somebody’s bill has already been paid for. Joy, Hope, Love Reconciliation, Power it’s already paid for.




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