Easter Sunday

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The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness & Truth.

Summary: Nobody expected no body.

Luke 24:1-12 (ESV)

   1  But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.        2  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,        3  but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4  While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5  And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6  He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7  that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8  And they remembered his words, 9  and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10  Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11  but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12  But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

Nobody expected no body.

29th Easter message here at New Hope.

Beach Balls. Balloons. Bubbles.

2017 - clay

On my heart imprint your image,

Blessed Jesus, king of grace,

That life's riches, cares, and pleasures

Never may your work erase;

Let the clear inscription be:

Jesus, crucified for me,

Is my life, my hope's foundation,

And my GLORY and salvation!

Luke 24 – a two hour Sunday afternoon walk.

Early 1990s

It’s Friday, BUT Sunday’s a-coming. (1984)

Tony Campolo (youtube.com)

Story of Easter at New Hope 1998 – 20 years ago

When Was God at His Best?

(Here’s the story: pages 57-60)

GLORY! Christ in us, the hope of GLORY!

Longing for a GLORY story.

Is there a story for you and me better than:

Lord of the Rings? Star Wars? Frozen?

Loyola Chicago? Les Miserables?

It’s a Wonderful Life (every time a bell rings…)

Longing for the next epic Disney/Pixar Story.

Next Star Wars epic.

Millions of us always longing for the next better story

I have a longing for a GLORY story. Do you?

Can I hear an AMEN?

Can I hear someone shout, GLORY?


The Magnificent Story

Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness & Truth

James Bryan Smith – copyright 2017

Brief quotes, page 10, 12-13, 14, 16

The Magnificent Story

Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness & Truth

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Next Week: Falling for Shrunken Stories

Sounds and whispers of Glory

Songs of beauty, goodness and truth

Death Was Arrested

Seth Condrey - 2017

Alone in my sorrow and dead in my sin

Lost without hope with no place to begin

Your love Made a way to let mercy come in

When death was arrested and my life began

Ash was redeemed only beauty remains

My orphan heart was given a name

My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance

When death was arrested and my life began

Oh, Your grace so free                 Washes over me

You have made me new              Now life begins with You

It's your endless love                    Pouring down on us

You have made us new               Now life begins with You

Reckless Love

Cory Asbury (Caleb Culver, Ran Jackson)

Bethel Music (California)

Release Date: October 27, 2017

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me

You have been so, so good to me

Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me

You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found,

leaves the ninety-nine     

I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still,

You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God,

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me

You have been so, so good to me

When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me

You have been so, so kind to me

There’s no shadow You won’t light up

Mountain You won’t climb up   Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down

Lie You won’t tear down             Coming after me

John 21:1-14 (ESV)

   1  After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.  2  Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3  Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

   4  Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5  Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6  He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7  That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8  The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.

   9  When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10  Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”   11  So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12  Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13  Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14  This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.