This week, Pastor Greg gives his Resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday) message this week. This is part five of his current series, “Hello, My Name Is Jesus: Ten Times Jesus Told Us Exactly Who He Is.” This week’s message is about the time Jesus told John He is “The Living One.”
… “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and [I AM] the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. ~ Revelation 1:17-18
…the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” ~ Luke 24:1-7
[I AM] the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. ~ Revelation 1:18
… Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone… Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. ~ Hebrews 2:9, 14-15
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.” ~ Matthew 27:50-53
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming … ~ 1 Corinthians 15:20-23
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. ~ Romans 8:11
… “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for
“Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” ~ Romans 10:8-13
ALOHA GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
READ: Revelation 1:17-18
1) Notice that Jesus says he is “the living One” and also says “I am alive forevermore.” Why do you think He makes this double distinction? Do they mean the same thing or is there a difference in what He is saying?
2) What does Jesus mean when He says He has the keys of death and of Hades? Pastor Greg shed a little light on the Hebrew concept of Sheol and the Greek concept of Hades in his message. What is the bigger statement Jesus is making when He makes this announcement? What effect does it have on all of us that Jesus is the one in possession of these keys?
READ: Luke 24:1-7
1) When the angels asked the women “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” how do you think it effected them? Why do you think the angels chose to phrase it in this way?
2) Do you think people still “look for the living among the dead?” In what ways?
READ: Hebrews 2:9, 14-15
1) In what way did Jesus “taste death for everyone?” How did Jesus render the devil powerless? Do you feel like the devil has no power at all in the world today? Why or why not? What does the author mean by this claim?
2) How did Jesus free us from slavery according to this passage? What effect does Jesus’ actions have with regard to our fear of death? Why?
READ: Matthew 27:50-53 and Hebrews 9:27
1) This passage can be confusing. At first it seems like the dead were raised at the moment of Jesus’ death but then it seems to indicate they were raised at the same time as Jesus was resurrected. As you read the whole context of the passage which do you think is the correct interpretation and why?
2) This seems like a pretty big deal and yet Matthew is the only one of the Gospel writers to mention it. Why do you think that is? What effect do you think these resurrected people had on the culture of Jerusalem? Do you think they lived the rest of their natural lives only to die again? If so, how does that effect our understanding of Hebrews 9:27? Did these people end up dying twice or do you think they ascended at some point after their resurrection? Lazarus, Jairus’ daughter and the widow’s son were all raised to life after death as well so they figure into this conversation as well.
READ: 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, Romans 8:11 and Romans 10:8-13
1) In what way (s) is Jesus the “first fruits” of the rest of us? What does it mean to “call upon the name of the Lord?” What does it mean to be “saved?” How would you explain this to a non-Christian friend who wasn’t sure what it meant? How about you? Have you called upon the name of the Lord in this way? Have you been saved? How do you know for sure?