Sonrise Service 2017: “The Big Question of Easter”

SONRISE SERVICE April 16, 2017 10:30 AM Pastor Jeremy B. Stopford

A little girl came home from school and approached her mother: “Mom, some of the kids at school today said that you were the Easter Bunny. Is that true?”
The mom kneeled down by her daughter and said, “Do you really want to know?”
“Yes” the girl replied.
The mother sighed, thinking of the end of the innocence of childhood, “Yes, dear, I am the Easter Bunny.”
The little girl looked at her in amazement, “How do you get to ALL of those houses???”

INTRODUCTION This Sonrise morning and in the morning service, we will be examining the very first Easter as shared through the eyes and pen of Dr. Luke. Twice in the Luke 24 account, there is a question asked. That question should change our faith – forever! PRAYER

#1. The “Why’s” of Scripture
Illustration: As many of you know, due to some tragic circumstances in her history, we were able to adopt Thuvia’s sister’s daughter. The same weekend that Tonya came permanently to live with us, the wife of a co-worker named Bill gave birth to their first child, Aaron. I remember talking with the new Dad, Bill, on Monday morning at work, shortly after Aaron’s birth. The new Dad, Bill, was ragged looking. Worn out. Frazzled. A new dad. And there were many differences between Aaron and Tonya. Our daughter came already past her two’s, her three’s, and into her four’s. No diapers. No wetting the bed. No getting up during the night – in fact, no causing one of us to have to be up with her all night. She was a perfect kid. AND we never had to hear her ask that awful question, “WHY?”.
“WHY” is an important word in Scripture. In our NIV it appears 510 times.
(1). Some are insightful general questions – asked by God or man:
Gen. 4:6. Then the Lord said to Cain, “WHY are you angry?”
Gen. 18:13. Then the Lord said to Abraham, “WHY did Sarah laugh…?”
Num 11:20. “WHY did we ever leave Egypt?”
Ps. 42:9. “I say to God my Rock, WHY have you forgotten me?”
Matt. 6:28. “WHY do you worry about clothes?”

(2). Some “Why’s?” refer directly to the cross:
Ps. 22:1/Matt. 27:46 “My God, my God, WHY have you forsaken me?”
Matt. 26:65. “Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! WHY do we need any more witnesses?

(3). And at least one refers to the resurrection, as Paul was giving his testimony:
Acts 26:8. WHY should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?
These are good questions. Questions of the heart. Perhaps at least one time you’ve asked one of those “why’s” before as well.

#2. The “Why’s” of Dr. Luke
But Dr. Luke is the only one of the 4 gospel writers who notices the questions of the angels and of the Lord Jesus at the time of His resurrection. As the previous insightful questions, these 2 are intended to cause their hearers to reach deep into the heart of their foundational belief system. They were given at special times in the hearers lives – could we hear them at special times in ours?
(a). The question of the angels. (24:5)
* Their question of “why” is directed to their doubt and to their forgetfulness. They said, “remember”. At least 10 times Jesus said, “I will be arrested, crucified, and will rise the 3rd day.” Which time did they not believe? ALL OF THEM. Which time did they not remember? ALL OF THEM!
Rom. 10:17: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Remember His Word. Get into it. Read the gospels. Again.
(b). The questions of the Lord Jesus. (24:38)
WHY are you troubled; WHY do you doubt?
Look at Me; And…let’s eat! They found TRUST in fellowship!

How about you? May Easter morning prod you into a richer walk with the risen Lord!

CONCLUSION. Dr. Luke is vivid with description in this brief narrative. Has it brought you to a richer trust in the Living Word and in His written word? Close in Prayer (benediction on breakfast)

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