There’s an empty tomb There’s no need for grave clothes
Imagine • 3 years of following a Messiah; the Son of God? • Peter – Matthew 16:16 • Nathanael – John 1:49 • Martha – John 11:27 • Miracles • Missions • Teaching • Final Week • ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God’ • ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel’ • ‘…the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world’
Who is Jesus? • Good Man or Son of God? • Jesus demands a response • Moral Champion? • “Liar | Lunatic | Lord? • “Mad | Bad | God? • Take it all or leave it all • No middle ground • Challenges • Who is Jesus to me?
What did His followers think? • Disappointed • Discouraged • Dismayed • Distracted • There is good news on the horizon! • Challenges • Who is Jesus to me? • How do I feel when life doesn’t go my way?
Matthew 28:1-10 (Phillips) • When the Sabbath was over, just as the first day of the week was dawning Mary from Magdala and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. At that moment there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven, went forward and rolled back the stone and took his seat upon it. His appearance was dazzling like lightning and his clothes were white as snow. The guards shook with terror at the sight of him and collapsed like dead men.
Matthew 28:1-10 (Phillips) • But the angel spoke to the women, • “Do not be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here – he is risen, just as he said he would. Come and look at the place where he was lying. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead. And, listen, he goes before you into Galilee! You will see him there! Now I have told you my message.”
Matthew 28:1-10 (Phillips) • Then the women went away quickly from the tomb, their hearts filled with awe and great joy, and ran to give the news to his disciples. • But quite suddenly, Jesus stood before them in their path, and said, “Peace be with you!” And they went forward to meet him and, clasping his feet, worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go now and tell my brothers to go into Galilee and they shall see me there.”
The Resurrection • Myth | Magic | Miracle? • Not a conspiracy • People who met Jesus • Mary Magdalene • Cleopas + 1 (wife?) • 10 disciples (+ others?) • 11 disciples (+ others?) • Breakfast on the beach • 40 days to Ascension – over 500! • Why didn’t Jesus appear to others? • Without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6) • Live by faith not by sight (2Corinthians 5:7) • Challenges • Who is Jesus to me? • How do I feel when life doesn’t go my way?
The Resurrection • Jesus raised 3 people • Widow’s son (Luke 7:11-15) • Jairus ’s daughter (Matthew 9:18-19; 23-25) • Lazarus (John 11:1-44) • Later on others were raised • Peter – Tabitha (Acts 9:36-42) • Paul – Eutychus(Acts 20:9-12) • Paul (Acts 14:19-20) • God’s people (Matthew 27:52-53) • The Resurrection is the highlight of Easter • If Jesus can be raised from the dead, then so can we • If He lives eternally to rule and reign – we can with Him • Challenges • Who is Jesus to me? • How do I feel when life doesn’t go my way? • Why are we surprised at the Resurrection?
The Resurrection • Where is our hope? • Risen, living, eternal Lord • “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God's throne. Think of what he went through; how he put up with so much hatred from sinners! So do not let yourselves become discouraged and give up” Hebrews 12:2-3 (Good News) • Challenges • Who is Jesus to me? • How do I feel when life doesn’t go my way? • Why are we surprised at the Resurrection? • Look Up and Look Out
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-16 (Good News) Born again He’s risen, Hallelujah! Christis risen He’s risen, Hallelujah! Just as He said He is risen, Hallelujah! Go tell Joy to the world Hallelujah!