An incredible number of people witnessed Jesus being alive, being resurrected, after his crucifixion. While some people today claim that Jesus’s resurrection was an illusion, or a mass hallucination of zealous followers, or a conspiracy on behalf of a select group of disappointed and disgruntled followers who sold a lie to the world for some unspecified reason, the actual accounting of witnesses is astonishing and can’t be reasonably dismissed. This Easter season worship series will examine the record of those people who met, spoke, and even ate with Jesus after he rose from the dead, whether they be the accounts of anywhere from one individual to over five hundred people at one time. Through these seven weeks, we will hear their stories, but more importantly, we will hear the truth about life conquering death through Jesus Christ.
This week, members of the fledging group of Jesus’s followers were working tirelessly to catch fish, but with no success. Then, they took Jesus’s guidance and succeeded more than their wildest dreams. Similarly, when the church is doing the work of Jesus, fishing for people and sharing the good news with those of every nation, we do best when we listen to Jesus for guidance.
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