Summary: Here's a sermon in my Life of David series that works for Easter Sunday!
David Is Dead! Jesus Isn't!
22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know--
23Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
25For David says concerning Him: 'I foresaw the LORD always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
26Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
27For You will not leave my soul in Hades,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
28You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.'
29 "Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that
he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
31he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
32This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
Our Bible passage today
is part of a sermon Peter preached.
I'm sure all of you folks believe in the resurrection.
That wasn't true for the people Peter was preaching to.
He was preaching to people who saw Jesus crucified
and he wanted to convince them
that Jesus had risen from the dead.
What could he say to convince them that Jesus had risen?
It's not easy to convince anyone that a resurrection has taken place.
If someone you knew died
and you were told that he had come back from the dead
you, too, would be very skeptical.
The Bible tells us the disciples had a hard time believing it.
on Easter Sunday morning.
Thomas wouldn't believe it
until he saw the scars on Jesus' resurrected body.
Several years ago, an old street preacher
came into Nale's Funeral Home in Fairfield
and announced he was going to raise a man from the dead.
He tried, but he failed!
That hasn't happened in 2,000 years.
It was hard to believe back then.
It's still hard to believe now.
The odds are against it.
The disciples, depressed and confused,
did not expect a resurrection.
The women who went to the tomb intended to anoint the corpse.
But to their surprise, instead of a dead body,
they saw an angel inside the tomb who said these amazing words,
"Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.
The women ran to tell the disciples
what they found at the tomb.
At first, they did not believe them".
Point #1. The tomb really was empty on Easter Sunday morning.
When the women got there, the tomb was empty.
When Peter and John got there, the tomb was empty.
When the Romans investigated, the tomb was empty.
When the Jewish leaders checked it out, the tomb was empty.
This one fact has never been successfully answered
by critics of the Christian faith.
If Jesus did not rise from the dead,
what happened to his body?
The Romans or the Jewish leaders would not have taken the body.
The Romans didn't care about Jesus one way or the other.
The Jewish leaders wanted to make sure he stayed in the grave.
The disciples had no reason to take his body.
The Roman soldiers who guarded the tomb
could have been put to death if anyone disturbed it.
Grave robbers couldn't have gotten near it.
So what happened to the body?
Jesus' body was placed in the tomb after He died.
He was gone by Sunday morning.
Point #2. Jesus appeared to hundreds of people.
and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
Paul listed the various appearances of Jesus