Easter Response

This morning I want to look at three people who saw the same things, but responded differently.

1. Mary
John 20:1-2

What is her response?

Doubt – They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him.

John 20:10-15

She asked the gardener if he had carried away the body of Jesus.

This was after she saw the two angels in the tomb.

Some people doubt even when all the evidence is right before them.

2. Peter
John 20:3-7

Peter saw the empty tomb and linen cloth and did not know what to make of it.

Luke 24:12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away wondering to himself what had happened.

Peter saw the same thing that Mary saw.

Mary doubted and thought someone carried the body away.

Peter was unsure what to make of the facts that he saw.

Some people need more.

Herod was hoping to see Jesus perform a miracle (Luke 23:8)

3. John

John 20:8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.

John looked at the evidence and believed

•He could have doubted and questioned
•He could have scratched his head and walk away in confusion
•Instead he saw and believed.


They all saw the same things, but their initial responses were all different.

In this room there are different responses to the message of the cross and resurrection.

•Some believe, but still struggle with some doubt.
•Some believe, but only give a little amount of energy towards Jesus and His Kingdom
•Some are convinced and they commit themselves to be a part of the things going on.
•Some are fully devoted. They think about God all the time. Their life fully revolves around Him.

Who are you?





Easter April 24 2011

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