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Sunday Message: What the Resurrection of Jesus Means to You

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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January 24, 2021 3:00 am

Sunday Message: What the Resurrection of Jesus Means to You

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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January 24, 2021 3:00 am

When the disciples saw their Lord crucified on the cross, their hopes and dreams were dashed. But where they saw an ending, God brought a new beginning. In this Sunday morning episode, Pastor Greg Laurie explores the defining event of our faith. Find out “What the Resurrection of Jesus Means to You” in this message. It’s the finale of our series, The Gospel for Busy People.

Notes

The cross was Jesus’ goal and destination from the very beginning; and it happened exactly as Jesus had predicted.

The crucifixion and resurrection were God’s well thought out plan.

God takes our endings and turns them into new beginnings.

Read: Mark 16:1–8

“So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy.” —Matthew 28:8

If Jesus were not God, He would have never allowed worship.

Read: John 20:11–17

Jesus made many post-resurrection appearances. 

1. The resurrection of Jesus assures me that I am accepted by God. 

There is no forgiveness from balancing records, but from canceling them.

2. The resurrection of Jesus assures me that I have all the power I need to live the Christian life.

3. The resurrection of Jesus assures me that I too will live forever in Heaven.

The tomb is not an entrance to death, but to life!

The moment we take our last breath on Earth, we take our first breath in Heaven.

4. The resurrection of Jesus assures me that I will receive a new body just like His.

You will still be you in Heaven.

5. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we will have resurrected relationships.

Because Jesus died and rose there are many blessings that have come.

6. Because Jesus died and rose from the dead, we need to tell others. 

The Great Commission  

These words are a command.

These words were not directed merely to the original twelve disciples.

 They are for every follower and disciple of Jesus Christ.

Scriptures Referenced

Matthew 28: 8–9

Acts 1:3

Romans 4:25

Romans 8:11–12

1 Corinthians 15:54–55

1 Corinthians 15:20–22

Colossians 3:4

1 Thessalonians 4:14–18

1 Corinthians 15:51–52

Matthew 28:19–20

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Everybody Greg Laurie here. You're listening to the Grigori podcast and my objective is to deliver hopefully compelling practical insights and faith culture and current events. From a biblical perspective to find out more about our ministry's go to our website harvest.org so thanks for joining me for this podcast, Mark 16 John chapter 20 in the title of my message is what the resurrection of Jesus means to you. If you've ever lost a loved one. Unexpectedly, you know how it feels their shot, there's disbelief, sometimes followed with denial, even anger, a deep sadness.

That said, sin. You realize that that person that was so much a part of your life is no longer there. You can have a conversation with them. You can hear from them again your world as you know, it suddenly changes overnight or bring that up because that's exactly how the disciples felt 2000 years ago when Jesus Christ, their Savior, their Lord, their master was murdered in cold blood before their very eyes.

They watched it happen and they watched the Roman soldier take his spear and thrust it into Jesus, and out came blood and water, indicating a complete heart failure. Clearly he was gone and they never got to say goodbye.

He was taken from them.

So in their minds the dream was over and also in their minds. I might add, it appeared that Jesus had failed in this mission of this is indicated in the conversation he had after his resurrection with two disciples on the road to Emmaus, as recorded in Luke's gospel. They did not realize that were talking with the risen Lord, and he has the would've been happening lately and they said, why haven't you heard about Jesus and all the things that he did and then I think it's kind of funny really. Jesus said no.

Tell me what things in there telling Jesus about Jesus and here's what they said we were hoping he would have been the one to deliver Israel but it's been three days since he was crucified hoping notice past tense.

Their hope was gone. The dream was gone and everything seemed to be going perfectly up to that moment when Jesus got on the donkey enrolled in Jerusalem and the people leave the palm branches double form crying out.

Hosanna, the disciples like finally, everyone knows we've known that this is the Messiah and then suddenly he's not himself or so would seem in the upper room and he's talking about the trail and then one of their own. Turns out to be the betrayer Judas Iscariot and then Simon Peter, of course, denies him and they see him unraveling as it would seem in the garden of Gethsemane, as he is crying out to the father and literally sweating blood. All of this was happening, but here's the problem. The writers of the Gospels had never read the Gospels you see that they were experiencing this in real time.

They didn't know how the story actually ended. They didn't understand that the incarnation was for the death of Jesus, the incarnation was for the purpose of the atonement, the birth of Jesus was so that would be the death of Jesus.

It was all part of God's master plan later Simon Peter preaching to the very men who crucified Jesus said in acts chapter 2 this Jesus following the deliberate and well thought out plan of God was betrayed by men who took the law into their own hands educates that it was the deliberate well thought out plan of God. The crucifixion, the resurrection, the deliberate, well thought out plan of God. By the way God has a deliberate, well thought out plan for you as well because I know there are things that happen in your life that make no sense when you lose a loved one, or when you get bad news from a doctor or one some tragedy, but falls you, you think where is God in all this God is right there and he has a plan and he is a purpose maybe with the passing of time, you'll understand that plan a purpose, and maybe you won't fully understand it to you get to the other side and you realize in heaven why God allow that to happen, but just be assured of this one thing God has a deliberate, well thought out plan for you and ultimately that plan for you is good because God can take your ending and turn it into a new beginning and that's what happens when these disciples in our last message we talked about with the death of Jesus means for you. Now let's talk about what the resurrection of Jesus Christ means to you. Mark chapter 16 and reading verses one to eight Saturday evening when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they can anoint Jesus body very early on Sunday morning just at sunrise. They went to the tomb and on the way they were asking each other. Who's gonna roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the two, but as they arrived they looked up and saw the stone which was very large had already been rolled aside when they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side and they were shocked and then the angel said don't be afraid you're looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He is in here, he's risen from the dead, look, this is for the latest body. Now go tell the disciples and Peter that Jesus is going ahead of you into Galilee, you'll see them there. Just as he told you before he died. The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered and said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened. So Jesus is made, crucified, and an amazing series of events are happening in the aftermath of it. First of all, there was that global darkness that took place. You remember from 12 in the afternoon to 3 o'clock. Then the veil in the temple was ripped from top to bottom in the temple where the Jews would go to worship God. There was a veil which was really a very sick curtain. It would almost be like a wall material wall of sorts that separated the inner sanctum, the holy of holies with the ark of the covenant was No it's not in a warehouse somewhere if you watched Indiana Jones and the Raiders the lost Ark so there they had the ark of the covenant, and then they'll symbolize that separation between God and man is now the veil is ripped out from bottom to top is a man is doing it. It's room from top to bottom. Because God is sending this via God is saying this veil is gone.

You have access to me through my son, Jesus Christ, also were told that did people were resurrected and were walking around the streets of Jerusalem. This is one of the most interesting verses in the Bible to me.

So you're walking in town and you go a lot this article Harry didn't we just bury him a couple of days ago. It was sort of like a preview of things that come dead. People were coming back to life. I see dead people who are alive again. And so then there was a great earthquake that followed.

So this is an amazing series of events and so these women that we just read about come to the tomb, hopefully to anoint the body of Jesus, and they find the tomb empty and the angel tells them that Christ is risen.

Matthew tells us of this event in Matthew 28 eight they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy. Have you ever had fear and great joy at the same time.

Maybe when you got a roller coaster. There is fear like I'm going to die and there's great joy. But it's so much fun version. I've given up on roller coasters by the way, I I rode the many years and then one day I just realize I don't even like this and I don't know if I ever liked it. You don't as you get older you don't want to take those kinds of risks anymore for me now taking a risk is ordering something different in the restaurant on the try that chef salad instead of the normal hamburger and fries I get every time.

Listen, you know you're getting older when you go to the same table in the same restaurant at the same time and ordered the same thing. There's a lot of signs of getting older.

Aren't there, you know you're getting older when you drop something when he been done to get it. You wonder if there's anything else you can do while you're down there you know there's a lot of bands that were very popular in the late 60s and they had great hits that many of us still remember and it's funny a lot of young people are rediscovering these bands and you'll see kids walking around with T-shirts with Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix and and all these bands are Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and so forth.

But a lot of those fans have had to rework some of their shifts.

They don't do them quite the way they used to. For I met Peter noon. By the way, not too long ago who was Herman of Herman's hermits and these are a wonderful guy had so many amazing stories. But while remember that song by Herman's hermits. Mrs. Brown you go to a lovely dough top member that one. Now they've updated it to Mrs. Brown. You've got a lovely walker because you Mrs. Brown is a lot older today about member dancing Queen that's denture Queen now it had updated other Beatles that big kid that Ringo would saying I get by with little help from my friends, is now been updated to I get high with a little help from the pen of Crystal Gayle remember her song don't make my brown eyes blue. Now it's don't make my brown hair, blue Eagles are no longer singing Arctic tonight there singing heartburn tonight. Probably from with the eights Jerry Lee Lewis. He's no longer singing a whole lot of shaking going on now it's rather a whole Lotta Akin going on a Leo Sayer used to sing, you make me feel like dancing. Now he sings you make me feel like napping Leonard Skinner no longer sing about sweet home Alabama. Now it's a rest home Alabama. Nancy Sinatra no longer sings these boots are made for walking now see things these boots are giving me arthritis so you think of all he had to update their songs that I've do more these of the jokes people that who ever talk about my generation. Now it's talking about my medication.

And finally, the tribes had a big kid while thing now they've named it bold thing and it's my theme song.

By the way, but so there are things that we don't like to do as we get older we don't like to take risks, necessarily, but there experiencing this joy and excitement and they're trying to figure it out.

They don't understand what is actually happening to them and then they see the risen Lord. We have to pull from different gospels to get the whole story. Matthew 28 we read, they went to tell his disciples and, behold, Jesus met them saying, rejoice, so they came and held him by the feet and worshiped. That's an interesting phrase there when it says Jesus met them.

It speaks of the common greeting that one would receive in the marketplace just if you saw some and said hello drama walk. You see some o'clock walk like the harder you have a nice day just common greeting that is the phrase that is used or when it says Jesus met them. I find that fascinating because it's so low-key and so casual, you know, in different parts of the country.

We greet each other in different ways. If you're in the South.

You'll see some along the lines of hay hay how y'all doing how y'all doing it right in Hawaii. It will be a Loja or house that brought in Australia this a good day in New York City.

They ignore you, and then they'll say something like, what are you looking to make and followed up by woeful good about it. That's one word by the way is yours the risen Lord who greets his disciples a so casually since I go hey guys I was gone. Loja how are you really relaxed about holding indicate they can't believe their eyes. They are looking at Jesus and so they grabbed him by the feet and they worshiped him, and that's because they recognize he was God in all on number of years ago I was driving with two of my grandkids in the car. Allie and Christopher at that particular time, Allie was age 5 and Christopher was age 3 and they're having this conversation and Allie turns to Christopher and says Christopher Jesus is God and God is Jesus and I'm thinking that's very good. You know, for a five-year-old to understand that and and I was very impressed by that and then she said he lives in our heart and suck in some date to live in our stomach the apps we have to talk a little more about with that all means, but Jesus was God and he was worshiped by his disciples coming back to our story we see Mary mag building. This mention in verse one.

What a unique lady. She is Mary mag building, first to the two Mary mag building standing at the foot of the cross, I might add. When all those disciples all those men were gone, with the exception of John the beloved so she sees that the stone is been rolled away and immediately tells Peter and John and we go over to John's gospel will see that they then began to run to the tomb, so she says Jesus is risen and they run to the tomb. I love that your boys will be boys right and became an actual race because John mentions he beat Peter in the race. He says the disciple whom Jesus loved, out ran the other one so you that's maybe one of the perks of writing the gospel you get to remind people about what actually one of the race so they see the empty tomb and they come back.

John believes he looks and there he realizes what is happening those prices alive. The Bible says Peter walked away perplexed and that brings us to our next text John chapter 20. Let's see what else happened to Mary mag building John chapter 20 verse 11. But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting. One of the had the other at the feet were the body of Jesus had lain and they said to her, woman, why are you weeping, she said to them because they've taken away my Lord and I don't know where they played him know when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, woman, why are you weeping whom are you seeking to thinking he was the gardener said sure if you've carried them away, tell me where you've laid him and I'll take him away and Jesus then said Mary. Mary responded by saying the bone. I which means teacher and he said don't cling to me Fred not yet ascended to my father into your father and I'm going to us in to my father and your father and the my God and your God while persistence of Mary paid off didn't. Everyone else was gone, but she stayed and she needs the risen Lord, what is he say don't cling to me she's holding on to know you wonder what's going on here because of something you could not touch the risen Lord, because in fact he appears in the upper room to the to the disciples and Thomas, who recalled doubting Thomas was there and Jesus said, go ahead and put your candy in my side and touch the wounds in my hand so he could be taught. Maybe it was the ways he was holding on to him. She was grabbing so tightly and he says Mary don't cling to me, I think, in effect teasing Mary everything is changed now. Effectively, it's a whole new ballgame. If I could be the way it was before in the past I was there.

We could reach out and touch me physically but is going to be different Mary and is going to be better because nondeadly, living your heart not in your stomach, but in your heart and I'll always be there and will never be separated again.

What is true of Mary is true for all of us. By the way, it was a revolutionary thought to say to a first century Jew that God was their father. They would not refer to God in such a way but Jesus is saying he's our father. Now to how did he teach us to pray in what we call the Lord's prayer. He said after this manner therefore pray our father who art in heaven how would be your name, and by the way, Jesus made many post-resurrection appearances X chapter 1 verse three says he presented himself alive after reset after his suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them for 40 days and every seen by them to be translated to be eyeballed by him so another words, that there they're not believing the riser looking at Jesus and he's appearing again and again and again. He appears to Peter and we don't know what happened there. We just know he appeared to him and then he appeared him again in John chapter 20 and recommissioned him. Then he appeared to Thomas that I mentioned on another occasion he appeared to 500 at one time he appeared to the two disciples walking on the Emmaus Road. But remember the title of this message is what does the resurrection of Jesus mean to you and I want to close now is six practical truths on how the resurrection of Christ impacts you and me today. Here's number one. The resurrection of Jesus assures me I am accepted by God, let me say that again, the resurrection of Jesus assures me that I am accepted by God.

Romans 425 says he was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification somewhere. I don't know how this happens but people even Christians sometimes think that you must earn the favor of God did. You must do certain things and then God will love you. The opposite is the case, there's nothing you can do to earn the of for the favor of God, and effective. God loves you no matter what you do and I am the resurrection of Christ proves this. We read again there in Romans 425 he was raised to life for our justification.

What is that me that means when you put your faith in Christ. You are justified to be justified means number one you're forgiven of all of your sins so you put your faith in Christ, your sins are forgiven by God and their forgotten by God and he is put the righteousness of Christ into your moral bank account if you will, on the cross.

God treated Jesus as if she had lived your life so he could treat you as if you would live his life that's unoriginal to me, but it's a perfect description of justification limit repeated on the cross. God treated Jesus as if he had lived your life so we could treat you as if you had lived his life. So again, the resurrection of Jesus assures me I am accepted by God. Isn't that great to know your accepted by God. Your loved by God. Listen God's not mad at you. God is mad about you. Number two, the resurrection of Jesus assures me I have all the power I need to live the Christian life.

Romans 811 says the spirit of God raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you and just as he raised Jesus from the dead to give life to your more mortal body. By the same spirit living within you so dear Christian friends, you have no obligation whatsoever to do with your sinful nature urges you to do. You know sometimes people say I tried to live the Christian life, and I fail okay let me say something you might find surprising, even provocative.

It's not hard to be a Christian. It's impossible without the help of the Spirit of God. So there has to come a moment where I say I can't do this. I can live by what this book teaches I can resist those temptations in my own strength I need a power greater than the power I personally have enough for the Holy Spirit comes in. Jesus said, without me you can do nothing. But then Paul writes I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Listen to this. There is no sin.

There is no habit. There is no addiction. There is no vice, and needs to hold you any longer.

The resurrection of Jesus assures me I have all the power I need to live the Christian life.

Number three. The resurrection of Jesus assures me that I too will live forever and have it assures me that I too will live forever in heaven. Listen to this death died when Christ rose because Jesus rose, I too will rise, because Jesus died.

I will never die.

Now you might say Greg your delusional and you're getting old. By the way, so you realize that you could die someday maybe even soon am aware of that.

I'm not denying the reality of death. But I'm also looking at it in another way because for the Christian we never really die old sure body goes into the ground. But we live on because the real me is the soul that lives on. And God will resurrect my body also but that does this not the end of the road. It's just a bend in the road and when Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.

He conquered death. First Corinthians 1550 forces. When these perishable earthly bodies have been transformed in the heavenly bodies that will never die, the Scriptures will come true. Death is swallowed up in victory. Oh death where is your victory. Oh death where is your sting. Have you been stung by a bee. I was walking on the beach of my wife.

Not long ago on their own. He's out there. I don't know why I've never seen so many bees on the beach and Kathy said be careful of the beats I said I'm not going to step on to be in right then guess what happened.

Of course I stepped on a bee in her and then my foot was sort of swollen so not something you want to do if you can avoid.

It's interesting that death is compared to the sting of the bee heard the story of a father was traveling in his car with the sun, who is highly allergic to bee stings. In fact, if the little guy got stung, he could die as a result. So would be somehow caught in the car and it was buzzing around of the little boy was panicking and screaming in and suddenly the father reached out his hand and closed it. Then he opened it again and the beat came out again of the boys a daddy daddy to be is still on this father said son don't worry look the little boy realize that he had taken the stinger of the B is C and that's what Jesus did. He took the sting of death, he bore it in your place. The tomb is not an entrance to death. It's an entrance to life. The moment we take our last breath on earth. We take our first breath in heaven because of the death and resurrection of Jesus from the dead. I don't have to be afraid of dying. First Corinthians 1520 says Christ has been raised from the dead, and he has become the first of a great harvest of those who we were, who will be raised to life again and so this is the great hope that we have right now because that brings me to point number for the resurrection of Jesus assures me that I will receive a new body just like kids know there's some confusion about these new bodies. I read us that not long ago that said of the Americans. Two thirds of Americans believe will be a resurrection of the dead, but they also believe that they will not have bodies after the resurrection. What you think you're going to be a ghost Casper the friendly ghost appeared to be a disembodied spirit just floating around, you're going to be you because God is gonna resurrect your body. God will resurrect the body of every person who is die in faith and you will be a radically upgraded version of yourself. Job said in Job 1926 in my flesh I will see God. I myself will see him with my own eyes I and not another, and the example of the model of this dear I use the word prototype understand the context I'm using it in his Jesus. Jesus died any rose again from the dead know was he still Jesus of course was there any connection between the risen Lord in the crucified Lord again. Yes, because he still bore in his body the marks of the crucifixion. But remember he would sit down with the disciples in the food you know it and I don't think he was like translucent you can see the food going down. He was in a body but he was in a resurrected body and you and I will have a new body one day as well.

Colossians 34 assures us with these words when Christ, who is our life appears, you shall be like him. Number five because of the resurrection of Jesus we will ever resurrected relationships I've ever been talking with someone on the phone when we do this for the phone doesn't look like a phone, our phones are flat now, I think.

But anyway, our phones look like. But some people I suppose Alfonso would like anyway so you're talking to someone on the phone on his cell phone and suddenly they drop up but you don't know they dropped out so you're still telling them something maybe something very important in their silence in your thinking a little like what I'm saying or their judging me or they hate the know actually you lost service right there and so you know what it's like to be cut off in the conversation.

Seriously though, if you're in a conversation with someone you love. And then suddenly there taken the die and you can't finish that conversation, a heart that is because of the resurrection of Jesus going to pick up we last left off with loved ones who have proceeded us to heaven, you know, when Jesus rose again. There was a familiarity with him in the disciples in connection to the past and so one day we will be reconnected with loved ones and listen to this. It won't just happen at death that will happen that, but there is a generation that will not see death a generation that will not go to the great, a generation that will be caught up in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye in the presence of God. Sometimes it's called the rapture and some will push back and say the rapture is not in the Bible or maybe the word rapture is not in the Bible, but the event is many times the word rapture comes from the Greek word are paths which means to be removed or taken away in its use. Many times I will get it would do all of this in more detail when we start our series on the book of Revelation, but will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Here's a description of it in first Thessalonians 414 and a number of other verses from that chapter. Since we believe Jesus died and was raised to life again.

We also believe that when Jesus comes. Listen God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died for the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout of the call of the archangel and the trumpet call of God first.

All of the Christians who have died will rise from their graves and then will be caught together with them, who are still alive and caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words. So one day it's possible we could be this generation. You're just walking around going about your business eaten a burger making a phone call getting up in the morning going to bed at night. Whatever it is you're going. And then just in a moment. You can even measured in time you're in the presence of God and you are in the presence of your loved one to a proceeded you to heaven. It's a twinkling of an eye.

By the way, that's not even the blinking of an eye.

The word twinkling comes from the root word Adam most it's from the root word adenoma mean something that cannot be divided. So think about all the Jesus is done for you because he died and rose there are so many blessings available to us were made acceptable to God. He gives us the power to live the Christian life. We know will go to heaven. We know will be reunited with loved ones.

We know will of new bodies given to us in this could happen at any moment and there's one last thing, and this is number six what the resurrection of Jesus means to you because Jesus died and rose again from the dead. We need to tell others we need to tell others go back to Mark 16 verse 15 and then verse 20. Then he told them going all the world and preach the gospel to everyone and the disciples went everywhere and preached and the Lord work through them confirming what they said by miraculous signs. Now this is part of what we call the great commission here at the end of Mark's gospel. The other part of the great commission is found in the end of Matthew's gospel chapter 28 where Jesus is. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and the son of the Holy Spirit and teach these new disciples to obey the commandments. I have given you. There's two very important things to know your number one there a command. Listen, if you're Christian you are commanded by Jesus to go on the wall the world and preach the gospel. If you are a Christian you are commanded by Jesus to go and make disciples. What does that mean to preach the gospel means to verbally articulate the message of the gospel and what is that in a nutshell, here it is. God loves you. You're separated from God by your sin. Christ died for your sin and rose again from the dead. If you'll turn from your sin. The believe in him you can know with certainty that you go to heaven when you die, I'm commanded by Christ to go to all the world and preach that message but there's another part to it and make disciples. What is it mean to make a disciple means to help them to get up on their feet spiritually.

Jesus explains it go and make disciples, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. Listen when I became a Christian at the age of 17. This is 10 years ago and giving you knew that. Okay long time ago. I didn't really know what I done I didn't understand what it meant to be a Christian. I didn't own a Bible I've never been to church for the most part except when I was a little kid going with my grandparents. I didn't know what the next step was no one offered me a new believers Bible like we offer to folks that respond to the gospel. I didn't know but thank God, a guy name Mark just came up to me and I'm in high school and he said had I saw that you prayed, except Jesus the other day because I did it right there in the front lawn of my high school campus and I was a bit resentful unlike you have so he says all that's great and I like you to come to church with me and my responses are no thank you know I want you to come to church if he Mark said. I said no I didn't want to go to church with you is is where you live. I would pick you up and take you to church. I don't want to go to church thing thing I know I'm in Mark's car, going to church with them and after that he took me home to his family and they were all Christians in would sit around the dinner table and have a meal and then they would talk to me about what the Bible said he disciples me he help me get up on my feet.

Spiritually, you can do that for someone let me take it a step further, you must do that for someone because it's not only good for them. It's good for you is see they need you to stabilize them and you need them to be energized and sort of like when you're around a bunch of kids they can almost energize you for a while.

Maybe couple hours and this could if they go home.

The ticket now private go seriously. A new believer can energize you wife, because as they discover from the first time the truth of God you in many ways can rediscover them because sometimes we don't appreciate all that God has done so I'm urging you to going to all the world and preach the gospel so number one there a command. That's why we call it the great commission that the great suggestion number two. These words were not directed to the original 12 but to everyone.

In other words, this is not just for the so-called professionals all will Greg you're an evangelist you do that are maybe the pastor should do it or the missionary know everyone should do it. Everyone should do it.

The student should do with the businessman should do it.

The housewives should do with the no matter what you do, who you are. You are commanded to go to all of your world and make disciples. This is the great commission and what is the message were proclaiming it's the message of the gospel. I've already told you what that is. Maybe you would like to believe the gospel right now. In other words you would like Jesus Christ to come and live inside of you. One story I touched on in my message today and it's really one of my favorite post-resurrection appearances of Christ is when Jesus walk with those two disciples on the Emmaus Road. The thing is they didn't know was Jesus a thought he was a stranger, but at the end of their journey, they realize it been talking to the risen Christ. And here's the part of the story I wanted to focus on. The Bible says Jesus acted as though he would keep on walking and they constrain them say no, no, no, stay and have a meal with us in the Bible says as they broke bread suddenly realized it was Jesus is not interesting. Jesus acted as though he would keep walking. Listen to this. Jesus will not force his way into any person's life. If you don't want Christ in your life will you don't have to have but if you want him in your life. He wants to come in. He wants to save you from your sins.

That's why he died on the cross he wants to transform your life. He wants to give you the power over all addiction and vices in any other thing that has a hold of you. Right now he wants to give you the guaranteed assurance that you go to heaven but you must ask him to stay just like those two disciples that Jesus said, behold, I stand at the door knocking. If any man will hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in right now Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart of your life if you wanted to come in. It can happen right here right now. It's so simple little blow your mind.

It's as simple as praying the Bible says whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. So in a moment I would lead you in a prayer, so if you want Jesus Christ to come into your life if you want him to forgive you of your sin if you want to know that you will go to heaven when you die, I want you to pray this prayer with me right here right now. You could even pray it out loud.

Just previous words, Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner but I know that you are the Savior who died on the cross for me. 2000 years ago and rose again from the dead.

Now Jesus come into my life and forgive me of all of my sins. I repent of those sins. I turned from them and I choose to follow you from this moment forward Jesus name I pray, and that everybody Greg Laurie here.

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