How Jesus Meets Us

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Apr. 12, 2020

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HOW JESUS MEETS US
John 20:10-23

Introduction:It is one thing to witness the empty tomb of Jesus, it is another thing to encounter him directly and personally.The disciples and friends of Jesus consistently fail to recognize him when he meets them.Is the same true for us?

I.JESUS MEETS MARY MAGDALENE (John 20:10-18)

A.Jesus’ Questions:“Why Are You Weeping?” and “Who Are You Looking For?”

1.Mary’s grief prevents her from seeing Jesus

2.Mary is not looking for an alive Jesus

B.Jesus Speaks Her Name

II.JESUS MEETS THE TWO ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS (Luke 24:13-35)

A.Jesus’ Question:“What Are You Discussing Together…?”

1.Cleopas and his friend are disappointed and confused

2.They are trying to figure everything out

B.Jesus Breaks Bread with Them

III.JESUS MEETS THE TEN DISCIPLES (John 20:19-23)

A.Jesus’ Declaration:“Peace Be With You!”

1.The disciples are “self-quarantined” for fear of authorities

2.Jesus shows them the wounds in his hands and side

B.Jesus Commissions Them:“I Am Sending You.”

IV.Jesus Meets Thomas (John 20:24-29)

A.Jesus Challenge:“Stop Doubting and Believe.”

B.Difference Between a Hard Heart and a Searching Mind

V.JESUS MEETS PETER (John 21:15-19)

A.Jesus Question:“So You Love Me More Than These?”

B.Jesus “Restores” Peter and Commissions Him

Conclusion:Easter is only real to us when the resurrected Jesus has encountered us personally.What prevents you and I from meeting him?