Easter 2023

WHAT ARE YOU SEEKING?

Easter, April 9, 2023

Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

INTRODUCTION

John 1:38  What are you seeking? (Jesus)

Whatever we are seeking in our life, the answer is actually found in a “Who not a “What.”

1. JESUS FREES US FROM OUR PAST TO LIVE OUR BEST LIFE RIGHT NOW.

A. John 20:11-16  But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept, she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’  She said to them, ‘Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.’  14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’  She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, ‘Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.’ 16 Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’  She turned and said to Him, ‘Rabboni!’ (which is to say “Teacher”)
B. Jesus didn’t just give Mary a plan for living.  He gave her a power to guide her life.
C. Jesus’ resurrection gives us the power to forgive ourselves, the power to forgive others and the power to enable us to live our best life right now.

2. JESUS IS THE HOPE FOR OUR FUTURE.

A. Luke 24:15  Jesus drew near to them.
B. Luke 24:21  We had hoped that He was going to redeem Israel. But all of that is gone, Jesus is dead.
C. Colossians 2:7   Let your roots grow down into God , and let your lives be built on Christ.  Then your faith will grow strong in the TRUTH you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (NLT)
D. Luke 24:32  Didn’t our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?
E. What they saw that day is that Jesus is the future we can build our life on. It isn’t a what, it is a WHO!  He will show you the direction to God and He will empower you to overcome the circumstances.
F. Luke 24:35-36  Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized Him as He was breaking the bread. 36 And just as they were telling about it, Jesus Himself was suddenly standing there among them.

3. JESUS IS OUR PURPOSE TO LIVE FOR.

A. John 20:19-21  That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! ‘Peace be with you,’ He said. 20 As He spoke; He showed them the wounds in His hands and His side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again He said, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you.’
B. Luke 19:10  For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.  (NLT)
C. Jesus is telling all of His followers that our life can impact eternity by helping others come into a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus.