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Apr 20, 2014
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Resurrection Sunday

Good Friday is a time to remember the crucifixion, and Resurrection Sunday is a time that we celebrate Christ’s defeat of death, hell, and the grave. But what happened on Saturday? Those that followed Jesus and watched Him die were certainly devastated. They were so fearful of what was going to happen. Thankfully, Jesus reconciled all of that and won! When He first appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, He said, “Shalom”. Shalom means “completeness, soundness, and the way things ought to be.” When Adam and Eve sinned and were evicted from the Garden of Eden, the world was voided of shalom. Cornelius Plantinga stated, “sin was the vandalism of shalom.” When Jesus sacrificed His life and rose from the dead, shalom was restored, and that vandalism was covered up.

There were followers of Jesus that fell into three “frames of mind”…

1. Those that were afraid

2. Those that were “glad”

3. The doubter

Sometimes we get stuck on Saturday. On Saturday, everything looks so dark, but when the sun comes up, everything looks bright and beautiful. When Jesus, the SON, rose from the dead, our lives are colored with life and hope.

We can have shalom today because:

1. Jesus is with us

2. We know that He loves us

3. He has our past, present, and future




Questions to discuss as a family today

1. Why do you get stuck on Saturday? Are you afraid, glad, or doubting in this season of your life? Why?

2. What fear did you lay at the cross? What are some of your perceived fears?

3. What steps can you take to have shalom in your home?


Praise God for the gift of Jesus and thank Jesus for His willingness to give up everything to restore shalom. Confess where you have put a bandaid on your fears, and commit to take that bandaid off and find freedom in Christ. Continue to lay down your fears and confess those to God. Choose to believe that Jesus is with you, loves you, and has your past, present, and future! Commit that you will celebrate the Risen Savior with joy today!