North Anderson Baptist Church
Pushing Back the Darkness Through the Resurrection
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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    domingo 10:30 AM
We have come to the most critical days of Christianity this week-end. We are going to look at some events in the life of Jesus where He clearly had complete control over death and the authority to overcome it. It is God who has all power to push back the darkness found in this world because of the evil of sin. We all know that sin entered this world in the person of satan, who in his desire to be like God tempted Eve and both she and Adam sinned and brought death upon all human beings. Jesus came to this earth to give us life and to give it to us for evermore but to do that He would have to defeat death and overcome the evil of satan, by the love of God. He did just that at the cross where He chose to die for the sins of mankind and to give His life a ransom for all who would believe in that sacrifice.
There at the cross, satan thought he had won the battle between him and God because Jesus died and afterward was buried. But he didn’t know about Sunday! He didn’t know about the power of the Father to raise the Son, so that all who believe would have life eternal and victory over death forever. Yes, Friday came and left, but Sunday came with such power and glory that all who were there fell as though they were dead, as the stone was rolled away and there was an empty tomb so all the world could see that Jesus was not dead but resurrected and was alive for ever more. AMEN!

What I would like to do is visit a few passages and not go completely in detail but recall how they play a part in the understanding of God’s power over death and how Jesus, the Son of God, had to display that power for all to see and then believe. Our theme today is “Pushing Back The Darkness Through the Resurrection.” In these verses we will see the growing influence of Jesus over sickness and death.
In these two examples we see that people wanted Jesus to do something because they were suffering and death. Our Savior had already demonstrated the power to touch lives and heal them of different diseases and so people clamored to get to Him more and more. Where did this power come from? Who was this man? Looking back we can see but if you were there, you might ask those questions too. We see the power of the living God flow through Him to reach the diseased body of a woman who had suffered so much and no one could heal her. No One, but Jesus!!! He was the One and she came to Him and she touched His garment and the power of God flowed through Him into her and she was instantaneously healed.
From there, in this same narrative, Jesus was told that there was a child that was dead. They asked Him to come and raise her from her death. He chose to go on with them and when getting there He asked all who knew that she was dead and who were wailing at her death, to leave. He took the parents of the girl and the disciples and went into the room where she was. He took her by the hand and told her to get up and she did! She was dead and now she was alive!
Jesus not only had the power of God over the sickness of the woman but the power to raise the dead young girl. Evil wants to trap a person in the darkness of sickness and the shroud of death to make life unbearable but our God has promised us that He is life and that He desires to give life to us abundantly (John 10:10). Now some of you here today have been truly sick and many of you have had loved ones die. Why wasn’t God present with you and your loved one was in this event? He was! He was there providing comfort through the Holy Spirit and peace through your heart and mind because you are a believer, because you trusted Him. God has not ordained that all will be healed and kept from death. In fact, death is the perfect healer that brings a child of God straight to the heart and in the presence of God. You see, death is inevitable for all; that is what Adam brought to this world, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned…” Romans 5:12 We are all destined to die and we are all destined to be judged too! Hebrews 9:27, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…” Our Lord Jesus is the Lord over all who die!
Can’t you just see the heart of the Lord Jesus hurting when He saw the funeral procession. He knew this was the widow’s only son and without her she would be hopeless and destitute. She was broken hearted because the son she loved had died. Death brought all kinds of sorrows upon her. When Jesus saw her and the coffin, He wanted to help and because He had compassion on her and had the power from God to raise the dead. He did just that and the son was restored to his mother, once again. We know nothing more about this event in Jesus’ life but we know He responded with compassion to one woman’s sorrow and predicament.
Jesus once again shows His power over the darkness of death that had pervaded the life of this little family. Jesus would not allow death to reign; He would respond because of the love of God for His precious creation and in His compassion for this woman, He pushed back the darkness of death away from them, for a time.
Jesus came to Bethany at a time where great sorrow was being expressed. Outside of His disciples, His best friend, Lazarus, had died and all were in deep sorrow. Jesus had delayed His coming to the aid His friend in his sickness because God had another plan for Lazarus. When all the questions had been asked and the crying was about over, Jesus confronted Martha, Lazarus’ sister, with one of the most profound statements and questions ever asked. In talking about the death of His friend and all who place their faith in Jesus, He says “I am the resurrection and life.” Wow! What did that mean to her when she was thinking about the death of her brother? Jesus got her attention. Basically, Jesus said to her that anyone who believed in Him was going to live whether they lived or died. He told her and us too, that He had the power over life and death and He could raise Lazarus from the dead and bring him back to life if He wanted to, but one way or the other Lazarus would live forevermore. She believed Him and declared her faith that He was the Christ, the Son of God! Pretty clear wouldn’t you say. Before she made her declaration she gave a response to the Lord that excites me. She said back to Jesus when He asked her that question, “Yes, Lord!” I BELIEVE GOD LOVES TO HEAR THAT RESPONSE!
Jesus then goes further and raises Lazarus from the dead, even though he had been in the grave four days. There is no one who can stay dead if Jesus calls them to life! All the people there were witnesses to the greatest miracle up to that point that they had ever seen. Jesus was Lord over life and death!
The Passion Week was over and the Passover was through, the first day of the week was dawning, but something was different! This man whom the Jews and the Romans crucified, Jesus of Nazareth, was gone from the tomb where they buried Him. When the women got to the garden early that morning, the body of Jesus was gone from the tomb because He had said that on that third day, after He was crucified, that He would rise from the dead and the tomb would be empty.
The old enemy of mankind, sin and death, were defeated at the cross and the empty tomb by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Darkness had come over all the lives of the followers of Jesus after the Savior died there on Calvary; they thought all was lost and expected that He would be in the tomb forever. But when Jesus rose from the dead and then appeared to them, they could not refuse to believe. Just take Thomas, who will forever be remembered for his doubting about Jesus being alive; I would rather you remember Thomas as the one who, without a shadow of doubt, saw the resurrected Jesus and then bowed down and declared, “My Lord my God!”
Like Thomas, some of us have doubted and we need to hear Jesus tell us as well, “Stop doubting and believe.”
Jesus’ resurrection is the whole key to Christianity. When you and I talk to people, we need to remember that the resurrection is what makes us different and is unique in our faith, we believe in the Savior and Lord who was dead and buried but rose from the dead to live forever more. In rising from the dead, Jesus gives to those who believe in Him, the power to have eternal life. The Gospel is - Jesus died, was buried and then was raised from the dead on the third day.
Easter is celebrating the resurrection of Jesus!
We celebrate a life of hope, peace and joy.
We celebrate a family fellowship of believers.
We celebrate true salvation, a life with purpose and meaning.
Don’t you want those things?
Would you believe today in Jesus the Resurrected One?
Let us celebrate today all that Jesus makes possible for us because of His death and resurrection!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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