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SERMON: April 16th, 2017 Easter Sunday “He is Risen”

Pastor Dave Sarsons
April 17, 2017

SERMON: April 16th, 2017 Easter Sunday “He is Risen”

He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!  Today Pastor Dave spoke from Matthew 28:1-6.  We, as the women at the tomb, question wheres our God is in bad situations.  Like the women at the empty tomb, who were in great distress to find their Savior’s body gone, Peter also forgot that Jesus had foretold about His own death, resurrection and grace, so Peter went to what he knew – fishing.  We are like Peter as well, because in our questioning we have our ‘go to’ when this world gets to much.  Jesus instead is saying “Just come to Me”.  Even in the “Footprints in the Sand” poem, we are reminded that Jesus never leaves us:

“One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.””

Pastor Dave closed the sermon and posed the same question that Jesus asked Peter in John 21:15-17 to us; “Do you love Me?”  Jesus is just asking for our heart!

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