Sermon:
INTRO.- ILL.- It was following the resurrection and disciples were still somewhat scattered about Jerusalem and the surrounding villages. John finds Peter and runs up to him. Excitedly he says, "Peter, Peter! I’ve got some good news and some bad news."

Peter takes ahold of John and calms him down. "Take it easy, John. What is it? What’s the good news?"

John says, "The good news is Christ is risen." Peter says, "That’s great! But, what’s the bad news?" John, looking around, says, "He’s really steamed about last Friday."

No, not really. What Jesus suffered on the cross was a part of God’s plan even before He created the world, but of course, it was not pleasant. Jesus submitted to His Father’s will.

ILL.- General William T. Sherman said, “War is hell.” I think he was wrong. I think war is hellish but not hell. Hell is far worse than any war this world has ever seen. But what Jesus suffered on the cross was hell. Hell is described in the Bible as “separation from God” and Jesus suffered separation from His Father.

Matthew 27:45-46 “From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”
(which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)

It’s hard to imagine or understand why God would do this and especially, for sinful man. BUT HE DID! He did because He is love! He allowed Jesus to suffer for us on the cross and the cross still speaks loudly today! The problem is that many people aren’t paying any attention to the cross!

I Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”

BY HIS WOUNDS. By His suffering, His death, His separation we are healed, forgiven, saved, and headed to heaven! Wow! Is there anything better? Is there anyone better who would do this for you???

II Corinthians 5:21“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Jesus became sin for us. He became our sin on the cross. UNBELIEVABLE! From a human perspective, it’s unbelievable, but with God all things are possible. All good things are possible. God deals in doing good for His creation and this was the greatest good thing He could have ever done for all mankind! HE MADE A WAY TO ETERNAL LIFE!

We’re on this side of the cross and the resurrection, consequently, the question about these truths should be settled with people. They’ve had enough time to believe and come to faith in the living, resurrected Jesus. But many people are somewhat like to the two men in our text who are so close to believing in the resurrected Christ and yet they don’t.

PROP.- Our text reveals how some may respond to the resurrection.
1- Some consider but do not believe
2- Some agonize but find no joy
3- Some see but they don’t see

I. SOME CONSIDER BUT DO NOT BELIEVE