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The Day that Changed Every Other Day - Glenn Myers
Margaret Sangster Phippen wrote that in the mid 1950s her father, British minister W. E. Sangster, began to notice some uneasiness in his throat and a dragging in his leg.
When he went to the doctor, he found that he had an incurable disease that caused progressive muscular atrophy.
His muscles would gradually waste away, his voice would fail, his throat would soon become unable to swallow.
Sangster threw himself into his work in British home missions, figuring he could still write and he would have even more time for prayer.
"Let me stay in the struggle, Lord," he pleaded.
"I don’t mind if I can no longer be a general, but give me just a regiment to lead."
He wrote articles and books, and helped organize prayer cells throughout England.
"I’m only in the kindergarten of suffering," he told people who pitied him.
Gradually Sangster’s legs became useless.
His voice went completely. But he could still hold a pen, shakily.
On Easter morning, just a few weeks before he died, he wrote a letter to his daughter.
In it, he said, "It is terrible to wake up on Easter morning and have no voice to shout, ’He is risen!’-but it would be still more terrible to have a voice and not want to shout."
I’m sure most of you know the traditional Easter Greeting; where one person says, “He is risen!” then the other person says, “He is risen indeed!”
That is the shout of excitement that should be on the lips of every believer looking towards our own resurrection.
“HE IS RISEN!”
Getting to Know One Another:
People often say, “When I get to heaven I’m going to….”
How would you finish that sentence?
What would you say is the message God would want communicated in the resurrection story?
How is the resurrection a source of Hope?
Getting to Know The Word:
What would you imagine was the mood and thoughts of the followers of Jesus on the day of His triumphal entry into Jerusalem?
What would you imagine was the mood and thoughts of the followers of Jesus after His death during those 3 days before the resurrection?
"And if Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you.
He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you." (Romans 8:11)
How would you explain this to someone?
Getting to Know God:
In Mark 16:9 we see that Jesus first appeared to women and it was women who were first commissioned to bring the good news of His resurrection.
What does this say to those who say the Bible is biased against women?
How is the resurrection of Jesus critical to Jesus’ claim in John 11:21-26?
How does the resurrection prove that Jesus is God?
Who in my life needs to hear the message of the hope of Easter?
What did I learn this week that I can put to use in my own life?