This post begins a new series, Passion 2016, my feeble attempt to take notes from the Passion Conference 2016. Here we go!
Teacher: Louie Giglio
Text: Matthew 28:1-6, Revelation 1:18
Topic: Come and see what God has done: Jesus is risen!
Points of Interest…
- When the power of God appears, the mighty melt. The soldiers fell to the ground in the face of God’s work (v. 4).
- When God moves, people are afraid. He may be your “good, good Father,” but if he appeared, you would be on your face. But always in answer: Don’t be afraid.
- The angel did not move the stone to let Jesus out; he moved it to let us in to see what God has done. That is still the opportunity we have today, to come and see what God has done. God loves that. His invitation is always to come and see. All are invited. So what do we see?
- We see that Jesus is alive. This is the central fact of Christianity. And those who investigate it find convincing proofs.
- We see that God has done it all. When the ladies arrive, everything is already done. Done. We are not invited to come and do but to come and see. Yes, we do work, but in response to what he has already done.
- We see that a personal relationship with God is now possible. He is alive, and he is here. The veil was torn.
- We see that we have a new identity and mindset. Because the stone is rolled away. We are no longer victims; we are aligned with the victorious and risen Jesus. From victim to victor. That is His story and that is now our story, too. Like Jesus, we may still have scars, but the wounds have been healed.
- So, don’t live your life as though the stone was still there.
- To see in the tomb, they literally had to stoop. But perhaps, that pictures for us the journey we must take. We must be humble. We must stoop. We must lay aside our opinions and expertise and see what God has done.
- When Jesus escaped the prison of death, he took all the keys (Rev. 1:18)! He offers you the key you need, and he invites you to help him distribute the keys to all the world.
He is risen. The stone is rolled away. Come and see what God has done.