Matthew R. Perry

Have You Seen His Hands and Feet? (Resurrection Sunday Sermon on John 20:24-29)

In Preaching, Sermons on April 13, 2007 at 2:01 pm

I honestly cannot wait to preach God’s Word to all of you on a Sunday morning. Yet, we preachers have certain high points during the year in which we so highly anticipate certain Sundays that it almost becomes unbearable. For us, Easter and Christmas are those two Sundays (with Mother’s Day running a close third). We understand that more people come on these two Sundays more than any other Sunday. And what a great question for us to ask ourselves:

Why have you come this morning?

The obvious answer is, “Well, it’s Easter!” Correct … it is Easter. But what is so special about this day? Philip Conner informs us from the Center of Missional Research at the North American Mission Board that the majority of people in our area and in what is known as “the Bible Belt” understand and believe in the resurrection. Most of you who are hear do not need to be convinced that Jesus is alive, while some of you may still need some convincing — either for the historical fact of the matter, or to answer the question, “So what? What does an event that happened 2,000 years ago have to do with me now?  I have bills to pay, I have kids to raise and a marriage — I hurt so badly… what does the resurrection have to do with this?”

My answer is — everything.  The resurrection helps make life make sense.  The resurrection gives us joy and hope and peace because we have Christ’s power and presence among us.

Have you seen his hands and feet?  No, you haven’t.  But let’s not be so arrogant to think that your physical eyes are the only way you can see.  Our spiritual eyes, the eyes of our heart, oftentimes see more clearly and greatly when redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Here are some lessons we can learn from John 20:24-29.

To read the entire sermon, click here.

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