What would the Good News be without the Resurrection of Christ?
But what makes the Resurrection such Good News is what the resurrected Christ saves us from: our sin! We value our Savior according to how much we realize He has saved us from. He who has been forgiven much, loves much. He who thinks he only needs to be forgiven little, will in turn make very little of the one that saves him from little.
What's the point? We have a great risen-Savior!
Just us today at His graveside service on that glorious Sunday morning.
28 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
life application questions
blue = leaders only
living on mission: Do you know anyone frightened by the world today? Discouraged and hiding like the apostles before they had actual knowledge of the resurrected Jesus?
Is there anything we can do to support you in your evangelical efforts? prayer, resources, teaching?
sharing life together: Were you ever like an apostle, pre resurrection? Hearing but not understanding? Do you still have questions you need answered?
growing in truth: What’s the point of the passage? Jesus was dead but now is alive.
Disciples of Jesus will joyfully tell others of Jesus’s resurrection.
Why did the angel open the tomb? It was important to prove that the tomb was empty. The empty tomb is the starting place for any believer or skeptic. Anyone at that time could see for them selves the empty tomb.
Why do you think the women went to “see” The tomb? To “finalize” the life of Jesus. To “see” for sure the place where Jesus their hope was entombed.
What did the women physically “see”. An empty tomb, a white lightening angel, a heavy stone moved, frightened guards.
What did the women spiritually “see”? Joy, Jesus the promised messiah lives. A new beginning. The new covenant. Hope.
Why don’t people believe Jesus rose from the dead? The are blind to the evidence. They argue that the Bible is written by man and is flawed. Graveyards are full of the un risen Jesus, cant be the exception. Science is truth, faith is for the weak.
What evidence is there that Jesus rose? The tomb was empty. His tomb had been closed with a large heavy stone impossible to move with out help. The tomb was sealed. The tomb was guarded by Roman soldiers. The Romans and Jews wanted an end of Jesus, and so had no motive to move his body. The disciples were hiding in despair and even if inclined to steel the body they were unlikely to overcome the Roman guards. The grave clothes were there but not the body. There were many eye witnesses. Once the disciples understood Jesus had risen they began to proclaim the resurrected Jesus as the messiah even though they were persecuted and killed. People other than the disciples were able to examine the evidence and they believed and they followed.
Pastor, Paige suggested most people like the gospel but, they know only a partial gospel. Culturally how is the gospel understood today? God is love. Merciful and forgiving.
What’s missing. Man by nature is broken. Given every opportunity to live right we sin. Sin, separates man from God. We are with out hope to ever be good enough “holy”. Un repented sin proves that a man love sin and not Jesus as Lord. We need a supernatural rescuer.
If Jesus is not raised what does that mean? 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:17, ESV)