This is the audio from the April 9, 2023 sermon, “A Road of Victory: A Time to WIN”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.
Text: Luke 24:1-49
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)
Today I concluded a sermon series with a focus on The Road to Resurrection. Each week of this series considered a different glimpse of the life of Jesus during His final week leading up to His death, burial, and resurrection. The road to resurrection teaches us many things about God’s love for us and the love we ought to have for others. While the road for Jesus was not an easy one, nor is it easy for us, the destination is a place of victory. When we walk with Jesus and live a resurrected life, we discover a time to . . .
Worship: — Luke 24:1-8
- The road of victory is a time to worship. The women approached the tomb of Jesus early in the morning for the purpose of finishing the burial procedures and honor the One they had loved. Their plan of worship was focused on the memories of what had been rather than on the reality of what was. When we come face to face with the truth of the resurrection of Jesus, and of our own resurrected life by the power of Jesus, we learn to worship more than just the stories of Jesus, but the real presence of God with us.
Invite: — Luke 24:9-12
- The road to victory is a time to invite all to come taste of the goodness of God. Even with the confusion of an empty tomb and a lack of understanding, there was a consistent desire to invite others to come and see whatever it was they had discovered. Those who have put their faith in God today, do so because someone invited them to “taste and see that the Lord is good”. When we experience the victory of the resurrection, it is our responsibility and privilege to invite others to know a true victory that is found in Christ.
Nurture — Luke 24:25-27, 45-49
- The road to victory is a time to be nurtured and to nurture others. As Jesus begins to make Himself known to His followers, He addresses their doubts and sets about to restore their shaky faith. When we are involved in making Jesus known to others, we not only plant the seeds through invitations but we also care for others in ways that help them to grow. Jesus knew just how to use the right combination of correction and encouragement to prepare His followers for their role in turning the world upside down as they took the good news of Jesus everywhere they went. When we experience the victory of the resurrection, it is our task to take the comfort we receive from Christ and use it to nurture the faith of others.
Today, how will you live a resurrected life that helps others know a time to WIN?