Whenever Easter rolls around, I try my best to tell the old familiar story in a new and unique kind of way. This year my text was John 20:31-38 (the Doubting Thomas story) and I used some detective props, including a magnifying glass and fingerprinting kit, to go on a search for evidence that Jesus is alive. We looked at some historical evidence that Jesus is alive. I suggested that there is present evidence as well; this present evidence is the fingerprint of Christ that shows up on the lives of those who, like the apostle Thomas, make Jesus "Lord and God."
I concluded by noting that there is really only one way to know for sure that Jesus lives. When we make Him Lord of our lives, the center around which everything revolves, we will dust for fingerprints on our lives and Christ's print will appear all over us. When we make Jesus Lord of our lives, we will know for sure that He lives because His print will begin to show up all over our lives in how we love others, etc.
Check out the sermon and feel free to add your insights and questions to this post. Here is the link to the message: http://www.stroudsburgwesleyan.org/index.php?page=audio_sermons2&audio_id=48