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Welcome to Easter at Real Life!

If you're skeptical of the Easter story, you could have been a character in the story that first Easter morning.

The first people to see Jesus were:

A group of women who didn't believe at first

Peter and John, Jesus' closest friends, who didn't believe at first

Two other followers who talked with Jesus for hours and didn't recognize Him

On a scale of 1 (absolutely believe) to 10 (absolutely not) how skeptical of the empty tomb are you?

Key Scripture: John 20:19-21

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!

Top 3 Reasons To Lock Your Doors

We lock doors to keep people out - people who want to hurt us or convert us.

We lock doors to keep our possessions in - pets, kids, stuff

We lock doors to keep private stuff private - Um... you know.

John makes a point to tell us the door was locked because they were trying to keep people out - namely, the religious leaders who had just killed Jesus and who they thought might want to kill them too.

But Jesus "came and stood among them" to prove that the physical world didn't control Him.

Key Scripture: John 20:25-27

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

How would you respond if you saw Jesus' hands and feet after He appeared to you behind a locked door?

The women couldn't believe their eyes

Peter and John went to the tomb but didn't trust what they saw

The two men on the road with Jesus had a conversation but felt no conviction and

Thomas heard the account of Jesus in the room but refused to accept it

What would it take for you to believe?

You can't BELIEVE what you won't BEHOLD

If you're unwilling to "see it" you'll be unable to surrender to it.

The Jews and Roman guards saw Jesus die

The guards and Jesus' followers saw the empty tomb

The disciples, then the followers, then 500 people saw Jesus alive...

There are 4 main world religions - all based on the teachings of powerful personalities, they have some things in common but only Christianity claims an empty tomb and a risen founder.

In 1900 BC Judaism's founder, Abraham died, he's buried in Hebron

In 484 BC Buddha died, his ashes are in a temple in Sri Lanka

In 732 AD Mohammed died, hundreds of thousands visit his tomb every year in Medina

In 33 AD Jesus died and there are no bones and no ashes people visit His tomb to celebrate what's NOT there... His body.

None of the people who saw Jesus alive knew HOW He did it, but they knew HIM.

If a man is able to predict the manner of his death AND when he would come back to life and then DO IT just like He said, that man is worthy of being trusted.

Blind FAITH in ever other context is called FOOLISHNESS

We don't take a leap of faith to test Jesus, we jump because we already trust Him.

Are you ready to believe?

Are you still worried?

Jesus always offers PEACE to those of us who deserve PUNISHMENT - Wow!

Jesus said, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock, if you hear my voice and open the door I'll come in." Jesus entered a locked room to show He couldn't be stoped by physical boundaries, but he won't just come in past the door of your heart. You have to let Him in.

Are you ready to unlock the door of your heart?

Here's how:

Believe that Jesus is the Son of the Living God

Confess your decision to others

Repent of the way you have been living and work to change

Be Baptized representing the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus

If you're ready to believe, we want to know!

Click HERE and fill out the form indicating the decision you're making today.

We want you to know that you matter to God and us.

If you think you might be ready to make Real Life YOUR church home then Coffee with Corey is your Next Step. It's a casual conversation designed for newcomers to Real Life and you can register right HERE right now. It's next Sunday evening, April 28th from 5-6pm

We're kicking off a brand new Message Series next week called "How To Be A Perfect Christian" and we'd love to have you join us! Church will get back to its regular time next week - 10am every Sunday morning. Hope to see you then!

Need more help taking your next step?

1) Stop by the CONNECTION HUB in the back of the big room and a volunteer will help you discover your next step!

2) Fill out the connection card and leave it on your seat when the service is over. We'll pick it up and be in touch!

Bible Reading Plan

Want to know more aboutEaster? Try this 7 day reading plan that points to the Jesus of the Easter story. You can begin reading "The Story Of Easter" plan by clicking: THE STORY OF EASTER