Summary: Because Christ did what he said he would, we need to do what he said we should.
He Said He Would!
Matthew 28: 1-6 NRSV
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Let us pray.
Last Sunday, I saw Mrs. Lee get happy in church since I’ve been here and we went over the passion that God had for us when the Israelites asked Samuel to pray to God to give them a king all the way to the King of kings being challenged and denied from the same group of people. God is no stranger to rejection believe that.
When people reject God, realize that they don’t know God, but Christ put a face on God, and if you don’t know Christ, then you won’t know God because he’s the way the truth, and light. I’ve said this before, you can get tired of church, but if you get tired of God, then you never knew God in the first place. If you get tired of God then there’s something seriously wrong! But even through that kind of frightening stupidity, God is still blessing us even when we don’t derserve it because God so loved the world! And if you living and breathing then, God so loves you! We deserve judgement…but God has mercy because while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!
Ya’ll it’s not about us today or any other day. It’s about the G-O- to the D! We need to praise God with all that we have because God is the reason why we are experiencing life in all it’s splendor!!!! If Christ is not the reason why you’re here then we need to pray for you because your family can’t get you into heaven. Your mama can pray for you, but she can’t get into heaven. Your daddy may make you go to church, but your daddy can’t save you, but the One who died and was raised on the third day can!!! The One who died on the cross is the reason why we have life abundantly! The One who said he was gonna do that is the One that makes us all right with God! There’s no if’s and’s or but’s about that! It’s all about J-E-S-U-S everyday all day for me baby cause if you don’t have Jesus, we pray that you can get with program because he’s the only way we have full access to God 24/7!
So in looking at the text we see early Sunday morning there was a great earth quake at the break of dawn because an angel came down and rolled the stone back. The stone was put there because the Pharises gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, remember what that imposter said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So could you please make sure that the tomb is secure until the third day otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell people that he has been raised from the dead, and that last deception will be worse than the first.” So Pilate ordered the tomb to be sealed and had arm guards posted up.
Now, before I go any further, I’m gonna need your help this morning. I can’t do this by myself. My goal this morning is to confuse the enemy. The best way to confuse the enemy is to praise God. So every time I say “Why should this be a surprise?” I need you to said at the top of your lungs: “Because He said he would.”