Summary: Have you ever looked at the various emotions and reactions to the resurrection of Jesus? They might sruprise you. This message deals with the emotions involved in the resurrection.
1st Easter was very EMOTIONAL time.
· A FRIEND had just been executed as criminal.
· Roman Soldiers everywhere … atmosphere was tense & uncomfortable.
· Disciples were frightened & confused.
· Passover time … thoughts on death … sacrifices … deliverance from bondage … Roman oppression …
“Resurrection Day” OUGHT to be an emotional time. Our minds ought to be on the CROSS … AND … on the RESURRECTION of Jesus. Our minds ought to be ON … His suffering and death … paying the price for OUR SIN. Our minds ought to bee ON … His VICTORY over sin & death … RESURRECTION.
Easter is an EMOTIONAL time.
Let’s look at some of the EMOTIONS seen on the 1st Easter.
1.- ANXIETY – Mk. 16:1-3 – all turn
Some women came to FINISH anointing body of Jesus. It was done in HASTE 2 day earlier … the Sabbath was approaching … they could not work on the Sabbath.
Jn. 19:39-42 – ribbon
It was bothering Mary that the job was not finished. SO … as early as possible … set out to complete task. She didn’t want any unfinished business w/ Jesus. She wanted no regrets … no guilty conscience. She wanted PEACE in heart about His burial. She wanted everything in order when it came to her relationship w/ Jesus.
SO … she hastened … w/ ANXIETY … to finish the anointing & embalming the body of Jesus.
WHAT ABOUT … YOUR RELATIONSHIP w/ Jesus? Is there something missing? Is there anything you don’t feel at peace about? Is there some unfinished business? Some regrets? Guilty conscience? Does talking about a PERSONAL relationship w/ Jesus make you UNEASY?
WHAT IF … you were to DIE TODAY … OR … RAPTURE? WHAT IF … you were to see Jesus face-to-face … RIGHT NOW?
Would there be any REGRETS? Any UNFINISHED BUSINESS? Any feelings of GUILT? Any un-confessed SIN? Some things in your life NOT CLEANED UP?
Mary Magdalene approached the tomb full of ANXIETY. WHY? BECAUSE … she wanted NO REGRETS … no UNFINISHED BUSINESS … She wanted to make sure everything was OK between her & Jesus.
2.- FEAR – Mt. 28:2-4 – all turn
The stone was rolled away before she got there. WHY? NOT so Jesus get out … BUT … so women could see in. SO … world could see that Jesus is RISEN.
MUST HAVE BEEN an awful exp. for Roman Soldiers. They didn’t worship God … they were confronted with the awesomeness of Heaven’s power & glory. LOOK AT … their reaction & emotion – 28:4
MAYBE … that’s your emotion here tonight. ARE YOU here tonight in FEAR? PERHAPS … fear of DYING … probably went thru minds of these Roman Soldiers. PERHAPS … fear of JUDGMENT – Heb. 9:27 – “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,”
SOMEDAY … all LOST must meet Jesus at Great White Throne judgment. IF LOST … I can understand your fear of death … of the UNKNOWN beyond death’s door. I could tell you what lies ahead for you … for eternity … BUT … it wouldn’t CALM your fear … JUST … INTENSIFY it.
WHY? BECAUSE … the Lake of Fire is something to FEAR!
The soldiers were AFRAID on that 1st Easter morning. AFRAID … WHEN they met the power & glory of God. AND … so will ALL who meet Him in judgment.
3.- DISAPPOINTMENT – Luke 24:1-3 – all turn
They didn’t find what they EXPECTED. INSTEAD OF … dead body … found empty tomb. It’s HARD TO IMAGINE … BUT … they were DISAPPOINTED! WHY? They had their own pre-conceived ideas … AND … not the same as GOD’S ideas.
God had a MUCH BETTER idea! BUT … they were disappointed that things didn’t work out their way. i.e. … couldn’t finish job of anointing & embalming body of Jesus.
DISAPPOINTMENT … Do you feel like your life is a DISAPPOINTMENT? Things not worked out the way you planned? MAYBE … got same problem Mary Magdalene had … You’ve left Jesus out of your plans! IF SO … you WILL be disappointed … IF … your life is not centered around Jesus.
Jesus said MANY TIMES … THAT … He would be killed … AND … raised on 3rd day. BUT … Mary had her OWN PLANS … AND … her mind was on HER PLANS … NOT … GOD’S PLANS. SO … WHEN she couldn’t find His body … she came away DISAPPOINTED.
The RICH YOUNG RULER came away … DISAPPOINTED. WHY? BECAUSE … he left Jesus out of his life. JUDAS … disappointed … left Jesus out of life. 1 THIEF on cross … disappointed … left Jesus out. REPENTANT thief … NOT disappointed … WHY? “Today, thou shalt be with me in Paradise.”