John 20:1-10--The Empty Tomb and the ResurrectionBeginning a look at the events of the Resurrection as recorded by all four Gospels, we focus on Peter and John rushing to the tomb to find Jesus' grave cloths mysteriously in order. This not so empty tomb tells us much about Christ's resurrection and ours.Lazarus came out of the tomb with grave clothes on because he would use them again. Jesus left His grave clothes in the tomb, never to be used, for He rose in a glorified body. In Christ, we, too, will be like Christ—we will leave our grave clothes behind! And will be further clothed in our resurrected, glorified body, which will be like His.
I. Significance of the Resurrection
II. Evidence of the Resurrection
III. Nature of the Resurrection
IV. Firstfruit of the Resurrection
Christ the Dayspring Luke 1:78-79The world has never been the same since the birth of the Dayspring in Bethlehem two-thousand years ago. The babe that was wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, came to give us His life and His gift of eternal life which left Him wrapped in grave clothes lying in a borrowed tomb for three days.Jesus is the Dayspring of the believer. The ascension or rising Son in our own lives leaves us awakened to His truth, assured of His salvation, aware of our limitations, alert to Satan's attacks, and anticipating His soon return. Darkness flees at daybreak because of the rising sun. Daybreak reveals the beauty that surrounds all of us. The Dayspring, Jesus Christ brings forth beauty in the person that puts his faith in Him, giving strength, serenity, and stability. True, genuine beauty is a godly man, woman, or child. That is the kind of beauty we should desire in ourselves.
In our study, the Apostles are in jail until the Angel of the Lord (Jesus!) breaks them out and tells them to confront the leaders of the nation of Israel with the Gospel.
Also Reference: John 6:63, John 6:68, Philippians 2:16a
Often the Gospel of Christ is summarized by His death, burial, and resurrection. But why is His burial included in this? The burial of Christ is significant in the proofs of His resurrection and our understanding of the Gospel, salvation, sanctification, death, and the coming resurrection. This sermon looks at the details of Christ's burial to show the significance of His burial.
I. Servants at the Burial (Matt 27:55-61)
---A. The Servants
---B. The Services
II. Schemers at the Burial (Matt 27:62-66)
---A. The Schemers
---B. The Scheme
III. Significance of the Burial
---A. Truly Dead
---B. Fulfills Scripture
---C. Fulfills Curse
---D. Sanctifies the Grave for His People
---E. Sanctifies His People
Mary Magdalene was first to the tomb and immediately noticing the stone removed she ran to find Peter and John. They've taken his body, and we do not know where they have laid him. She grieves to find the Lord, and even the sight of angels does not deter her from seeking Jesus.
After the seven saying of Christ from the cross and then the miraculous events in response to Christ's death, we now see the humble but bold service from some unexpected disciples. God saves all types of sinners and gives them worth and uses them for His glory while sovereignly overseeing the details to prove His Son and His work.
Intro: Review of Seven Sayings & Miraculous Events after Death
I. The Courageous Disciples who were Women (Mt 27:55-56)
---A. Identity of the Women
---B. Information of the Women
---C. Importance of the Women
------1. Committed Servants
------2. Courageous Disciples
------3. Credible Witnesses
II. The Secret Disciple who was Courageous (Mt 27:57-61)
---A. Identity of Joseph
---B. Information of Joseph
---C. Importance of Joseph
------1. Example of Courage
------2. Expensive Grave
------3. Exclusive Tomb
"Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it. And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.
Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof."
1 Kings 3:16-27
Let the Bible Speak - TV Recording 244. Special Speaker: Rev Paul Hanna. Bible reading: Matthew 28 : 1 - 8. Subject: The Evidence of the Empty Tomb. Hymns: How sweet the name of Jesus sounds & I serve a risen Saviour