Mission Accomplished Message Series

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
THE LAST WEEK OF JESUS

Part 6 – Hope Restored
John 20:25-28

Easter Sunday — March 31, 2024
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

1. WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT HOPE.

A. Hope gives us the ability to envision specific pathways forward, reducing feelings of helplessness, and leads us to being more successful in life.

B. All the studies about human nature continue to prove we humans are wired in such a way that we cannot live without hope. But with it, we can face anything.

C. We are in a series on the last week of Jesus’ life. Last week we saw hope shattered with the crucifixion of Jesus.  Pastor Xavier taught last week that the crucifixion and death of Jesus, was a shattering of hope.  

2. IT’S OK TO DOUBT AS LONG AS WE KEEP SEEKING FOR THE TRUTH.

John 20:25  But Thomas replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.

A. Some of you are wrestling with questions like, “What can I count on in this life?” or “What hope do I have for myself? Or for my family? Is there a future left for me? Maybe the shattered vase is how you feel. 

3. THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS IS THE WAY BACK TO HOPE.

A John 20:26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

1. John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

2. John 20:28 Thomas answered, “My Lord and my God!”

B Jesus’ resurrection proved that what He said about God, what He said about Himself; what He said about us and the way of salvation, is absolutely true. It reminds me of the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery called Kintsugi. They create a lacquer mixed with powdered gold and then bring back together all the pieces. 

    1. “The Case for Christ”, Lee Strobel (book or movie)
      www.youtube.com/results?search_query=case+for+christ+full+movie
    1. “The Case for the Resurrection of Christ”, Professor Gary R. Habermas