Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. 5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.'" 8 And they remembered His words. NKJV
Early that Sunday morning the women who had prepared more spices for His burial came to the tomb. They were no doubt very sad and disappointed. The Lord was dead. He had been taken by their leaders and out of envy He had been delivered to Pilate for crucifixion. These same women had seen them take the body of Jesus from the cross and had followed them to this garden tomb. They had seen the body placed there and the stone rolled in its place to protect the body more than any thing else.
Now they have come to fulfill their custom of burial with a large amount of these burial spices. They have come to visit the dead but they will not be able to do that. Sometime before the women arrived there was an earthquake and the guards placed their to secure the tomb had become unconscious. The stone had been rolled away to reveal that Jesus' body had vanished from the grave wrappings.
What a sight they must have seen as they found the guard gone and the stone rolled away. They came and they entered that tomb. They saw the grave clothes but no body. While they thought about all that, two angels suddenly appear there in the tomb to explain what has happened.
Yes that morning the women had come to the tomb sad and dejected but the empty tomb changed their lives forever. They were never the same, they could never be the same. For the unimaginable had happened. A man who had died was now alive forever more, never to die again.
What can the resurrection of Christ do for you today?
- It can give you hope in the midst of great loss.
- These women along with the disciples had left everything to follow Jesus.
- They were totally bought in to His Messiahship.
- But just days before everything had fallen apart.
- Everything they had hoped for and longed for was now in a grave, not a good place.
- If you have suffered loss, maybe you were smarter than put you hopes in a tomb.
- But the things of this world will never pay out as they promise.
- All that the world can afford will leave you empty.
- There is still hope in that tomb, especially now that it is empty.
- It can give you hope in a world that seems to be controlled by such evil forces.
- There seems to be no answer to the evil of our day.
- It comes in all shapes and sizes.
- It can be educated or ignorant, rich or poor, religious or agnostic.
- Those disciples had seen the gentile Son of God mistreated in the worst way and then condemned to die the cruel death of crucifixion.
- No doubt for them the wicked had seemed to have won the day.
- Where was justice, and righteousness?
- Down through the ages it has often proved true.
- Wicked men have destroyed good and peace loving people simply because they could.
- As you survey the history of this planet you have to wonder if God has been asleep.
- But although the day of His death had been the victory cry of the wicked, yet Sunday was coming.
- Though they had killed the prince of peace, Sunday was coming.
- Thought they had had their evil way, Sunday was coming.
- So it is today.
- The good might not always prevail, but Sunday is coming.
- The righteous might no always win out, but Sunday is coming.
- Jesus said don't fear those who can kill the body but no more, because Sunday is coming.
- It can give hope when you know that you have failed.
- Have you ever wondered, "Where are the disciples?"
- I mean the women are there but the disciples are locked safely away.
- You must remember that they all forsook His a fled.
- Peter had even denied even knowing Jesus.
- How do you think they all felt about that.
- How do you feel when you fail.
- Maybe in the area of temptation.
- Maybe in the area of service.
- Maybe in the area of devotion.
- It always makes good Christian people feel bad when they fail, only the wicked don't feel bad.
- But a resurrected Jesus give hope of reconciliation.
- A resurrected Jesus gives hope of forgiveness.
- Only the devil wants you sad and dejected for your past.
- God offers forgiveness to all those who will admit their sin and forsake it.
- It was the sacrifice of Jesus that paid for our sins.
- His resurrection proves that His sacrifice was accepted.
- No wonder Peter and John ran to the tomb.
- There was hope.
- Hope for another chance to get it right.
- It gives us a message of hope for a world so bewildered, betrayed, and lost.
- The disciples never doubted that they were right and it was the world that was all messed up.
- But on the day of Pentecost when Peter preached it was with boldness, why?
- He now had a message for those wicked men who had put Jesus to death.
- It was not a message of condemnation but of hope.
- Hope if they would but repent, admit their wrong, and recognize Jesus for who He really was.
- I am not ashamed to tell everyone that Christians are right and everyone else has it wrong.
- But I do not do it in condemnation, but in hope.
- I have a message, a message of a risen Savior, one who can meet their deepest needs, if they will but have Him.
- You too have that same message.
- It is for your neighbor and friend.
- It is for your mother, father, son or daughter.
- Unlike any other religion, we have a risen, living, victorious Savior.
- He is the only hope for each of us and for the world as a whole.
- It gives us hope even in the face of death.
- Jesus had told the thief on the cross, today you will be with Me in paradise.
- Without a resurrection those words are the cruelest of all.
- But with a resurrected Savior death is only a doorway to a better world.
- Job understood it.
- Job 19:25 "But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. 26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! 27 I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought! NLT
- David understood it.
- Ps 23:4 Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. NLT
- Paul understood it.
- Phil 1: 21 For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. NKJV
Maybe you have come here today and you just don't feel too hopeful. No matter what is burdening your heart today. Jesus is there to give you hope. With Jesus there is always hope.
This message was preached at FBC Toulon,
by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com
RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
The importance of Christ's resurrection will be seen when we consider that if he rose the gospel is true, and if he rose not it is false. His resurrection from the dead makes it manifest that his sacrifice was accepted. Our justification was secured by his obedience to the death, and therefore he was raised from the dead (Rom 4:25). His resurrection is a proof that he made a full atonement for our sins, that his sacrifice was accepted as a satisfaction to divine justice, and his blood a ransom for sinners. It is also a pledge and an earnest of the resurrection of all believers (Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 6:14; 15:47-49; Phil 3:21; 1 John 3:2). As he lives, they shall live also.
(from Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
Theology of the Resurrection: Theology of the resurrection is very important and calls for special attention. Indeed, the prominence given to it in the New Testament affords a strong confirmation of the fact itself, for it seems incredible that such varied and important truths should not rest on historic fact. The doctrine may briefly be summarized: (1) evidential: the resurrection is the proof of the atoning character of the death of Christ, and of His Deity and divine exaltation (Rom 1:4); (2) evangelistic: the primitive gospel included testimony to the resurrection as one of its characteristic features, thereby proving to the hearers the assurance of the divine redemption (1 Cor 15:1-4; Rom 4:25); (3) spiritual: the resurrection is regarded as the source and standard of the holiness of the believer. Every aspect of the Christian life from the beginning to the end is somehow associated therewith (Rom 6); (4) eschatological: the resurrection is the guaranty and model of the believer's resurrection (1 Cor 15). As the bodies of the saints arose (Matt 27:52), so ours are to be quickened (Rom 8:11), and made like Christ's glorified body (Phil 3:21), thereby becoming spiritual bodies (1 Cor 15:44), that is, bodies ruled by their spirits and yet bodies. These points offer only the barest outline of the fulness of New Testament teaching concerning the doctrine of the resurrection of Christ.
(from International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1996 by Biblesoft)