Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

Luke 24:1-11

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.

Message Notes

Recency Bias

The phenomenon of a person most easily remembering something that has happened recently, compared to remembering something that may have occurred a while back.

The disciples’ most recent memory was a cross and a dead body. It was their hopes and dreams destroyed, it was shame and sin. Recency Bias will keep you from remembering what God promised in spite of the situation.

Nonsense

1Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

21: God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Unreliable Witness

Someone whose evidence is unlikely to be accepted during a trial or other hearing.

Isn’t it reassuring that after Jesus had picked a bunch of men to follow him that everyone else rejected, He then picked women no one would believe to tell those same men.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. Do recent events cause you to doubt God?
  2. Why is it easier to be overwhelmed with our current circumstances than to trust God for what He has promised?
  3. Do you find it difficult to explain your salvation story?
  4. Do you ever think your story isn’t reliable because of your past?
  5. Respond to this statement, You tell your story and Jesus can prove himself?