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Jesus Face to Face

What the Resurrection means for us

Introduction

If you had the opportunity, who would you like to meet face to face? Is it someone living? Someone who has already died? A celebrity? Nobility? A leader, an inventor, a thinker? A war General, a writer, or a rights activist? Who would you most like to meet face to face?

I asked this question to a group of men several weeks ago. Of the men said "Oprah," which I thought was ridiculous until I remembered an experience I had back in 1996. Tiffany and I were touring Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. We had secured tickets for a taping of an episode of "Coach"—you know, the sitcom with Hayden Fox, coach of the Screamin' Eagles? As Tiffany and I walked to the sound stage, Steven Spielberg drove by on a golf cart. We took our seats with about 300 other people up in a "balcony" of sorts. When the taping was over, assistants directed people to the back doors, but Tiffany and I moved forward, down the stairs and onto the stage. There we were standing next to Shelley Fabray, Jerry Van Dyke, and Bill Fagerbakke. The only thing I could think to say was, "Wow, you're a lot bigger in real life!" I got an autographed photo and copy of the script before they asked us to go away. As we left, I just thought, How surreal …. What I had watched for years at a distance and only experienced in an edited version in my living room all became very real, very exciting, and very personal as I met the actors face to face.

The meaning of resurrection

On Easter morning several women went to Jesus' tomb, fully expecting him to be there, but an angel appeared to them and said, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where ...

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David Daniels is pastor of Pantego Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and co-founder and executive board member of Beta Upsilon Chi (Brothers Under Christ), a national Christian fraternity.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. The meaning of resurrection

II. Jesus face to face

Conclusion