Gods Not Dead He’s surely alive living on the inside roaring like lion Luke 24:1-12
1. Is he really dead? We need witnesses:
• Luke’s Gospel tells us many watched Jesus die ( Luke 23:44-49
• A righteous man named Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus off the cross, wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid him in a tomb Jesus died on the cross
• Jesus had not fainted on the cross. He was not in a state of suspended animation. Jesus was dead. Jesus did not have a pulse. No brain wave activity. Nothing. Jesus was dead.
• He was so dead that the soldiers who were about to break his legs to hasten a death by suffocation, decided not to waste their time and energy on a dead man.
2. God was dead on Friday but now on Sunday God’s Not Dead Rev 1:18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
• THE women go to the tomb expecting death because they brought spices to anoint the dead
• But when they arrived they found the stone rolled away. Found no body
• But at the empty tomb, two men in dazzling clothes suddenly appeared. The women were terrified and bowed their heads, while the men said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
3. Two men and the women claim He’s Surely Alive
• He’s surely alive The men said, “He is not here, but has risen.” The men or whoever they are, are assured he has risen The women are not so sure
• The men want to convince them “Remember how he told you while he was still in Galilee,” the mysterious men in the tomb said, “that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again?” (vv. 6-7). He s surely alive
• The women are convinced He’s Surely Alive, the women returned from the tomb and told the 11 disciples. Luke tells us it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of Jesus
4. Peter is claiming He’s Living on The Inside. Listen, 11But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. The disciples
• Something Living on the inside Caused Peter to Go (v. 11). Only Peter ran to the tomb
• Something Living on the inside Convinced Peter to Go see the evidence for himself,
• Something Living on the inside Converted His thinking “then he went home, “amazed at what had happened” (v. 12), that is, that Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb.
5. The empty Tomb Roars, The women Roar , Peter and the two are “Roaring Like a Lion” Resurrection
• He’s still roaring today remember what he told you the two men said, He still speaks It is written Rev 1:18I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
• He’s roaring like a lion trying to tell all humanity I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25).
6. God’s Not Dead, He’s Surely Alive, Living on The Inside, and Roaring like a Lion
• We are the Easter People see The empty Tomb says, “God’s Not Dead”
• The two men, said, “, " 6He is not here; he has risen! “He Surely Alive”
• Friends “He’s Living on the Inside” something on the inside caused the women to bow women bowed down with their faces to the ground, Peter ran the cause, something living on the inside
• “He’s Roaring like a lion” He’s no longer a Lamb but the Lion of the Tribe of Judah
• The empty Tomb Roars Resurrection
• The Two men in dazzling clothes Roar remember His words `The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'
• Peter Roars He runs with anxiousness as a result of great concern. Resurrection Roars “Gods Not Dead” “He’s Surley Alive” Living on The Inside” Roaring Like a Lion”