Weekend Message Takeaway: “Do You See What I See?”

What do you see when you examine the story of Jesus? This past weekend, Pastor Chris Baselice of our Plantation campus shared a powerful message from John 20, bringing clarity to what the resurrection shows us about Jesus, His mission, and ourselves.  

To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Chris' teaching this weekend:

Where Some See an Empty Tomb, I See a Risen Savior (John 20:1–10; 1 Corinthians 15:14–17): The resurrection of Jesus is the reward of His sacrifice; it’s the proof of how perfect He is and how all sufficient His sacrifice was to atone for our sins. The resurrection validates the sacrifice of Jesus; the empty tomb gives the meaning of the cross.

Where Some See a Good Teacher, I See a Loving Redeemer (John 20:9–16): Mary Magdalene didn’t recognize Jesus at first, until He called her by name. When she realized who was speaking to her, she said, “Teacher.” But He is so much more than that; He is our Redeemer. As the new Adam, we get this beautiful picture of Him restoring Mary in a garden, reversing the curse that began in the Garden. Through His resurrection, He restores us, too—the veil is torn, the cherubim dismissed, our identity, purity, and purpose is restored. 

Where Some See a Spectator Sport, I See Sent Saints (John 20:17–23): He didn’t save us so we could sit around on the sidelines. He sent the Holy Spirit and baptized us in Him so we could go and fulfill the mission to which He has called us. He has sent us to our neighbors, schools, family, jobs . . . to all the world to make disciples.

Where Some See an Unbelievable Myth, I See God in the Flesh (John 20:24–31): Thomas refused to believe unless he saw. Jesus didn’t rebuke his lack of faith. Instead, He sought Thomas out, in order to reveal Himself to the doubting disciple in a real, powerful way. Thomas wrestled with this for a week and then he became the first one to make the astonishing claim that Jesus is God! Sometimes, God let’s us wrestle and struggle so we can get to the place where we see Him clearly for who He is.

Quote to Remember: There are certain things that dry eyes will never behold.Pastor Chris Baselice

Racial prejudice is a hot topic in today’s society, but what does the Bible have to say about it? In this week’s featured article, Communications Minister Danny Saavedra talks about prejudice and how it’s an offense to God, Who made all things, and is a tool used by the enemy to divide mankind. Click here to read the article and learn why the Psalms were written and what it means for us today.

New Session Start in October
Are you new to Calvary? Did you recently make the decision to follow Jesus? Are you looking to plug into our church? Connect is the perfect starting point for you! Connect is a four-week experience for those who are new to Christianity, curious about Calvary, or want to get involved. It’s a place where you can ask questions, learn more about Jesus, find great community, and discover how you can be part of something bigger than all of us. Click here to sign up for sessions starting next month!

Next month, we’ll begin a new teaching series titled, “Contagious: The Spread of the Generous Gospel.” Discover what it means to practically live out God’s generosity by taking part in a four-week church-wide community group study! You can either click here to sign up or attend Community Groups Weekend at your campus September 23–24 where you’ll have the opportunity to meet group leaders and pastors, learn more about the groups in your area, and register! 

Join us at your campus this Wednesday for an incredible night of powerful worship and heartfelt prayer as we reflect on Psalm 30 and the theme of restoration and praise. As a church family, we will pursue God’s heart and lift up His name.

This weekend, we’ll conclude our study through the Gospel of John as Pastor Doug teaches through John 21. In this message, we’ll explore the miraculous catch of fish and Jesus’ restoration of Peter. 

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.