Summary: When we read the accounts of the resurrection of Jesus it seems as if His enemies believed He had risen and His followers did not. In this contemporary world many are trying to put Jesus back into the tomb and re-seal it with the stone of death!
Friday! Jesus is dead. The sinless Son of God given as a sacrifice for our salvation. He is dead.
Not so fast, buddy! Jesus is ALIVE!!!
Just three days after He was crucified and put into a guarded sealed tomb!
And, we’ve got two amazing groups of people
1) His enemies who know He’s alive and are bribing people to keep their mouths shut
2) His followers who don’t believe He’s alive and are engaged in various activities.
Jesus’ enemies …
- an angel appears and rolls back the stone from the entrance to the tomb
- the guards pass out
- they regain consciousness but the tomb is empty
- they report this to the chief priests
- the chief priests bribe them to keep their mouths shut and make up a lie
- the chief priests will “protect” them
OK, so now, Jesus’ friends …
But first, what has Jesus told His disciples?
“From that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
“When they came together in Galilee, [Jesus] said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised to life.’ And the disciples were filled with grief.”
“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life!”
Jesus has warned them. He didn’t hide the rest of the plan from them. He didn’t just tell them about the death and forget about the resurrection.
Yet … on the 3rd day where are they? Are they waiting outside the tomb taking bets on who will see Him first?
Two of the Mary’s are on the way to the tomb with embalming spices to complete the task that Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus had started when He was placed in the tomb.
Embalming Him, especially on the third day, did not show belief in His prophecies.
The remainder of the twelve disciples are hiding out in locked room.
Two of the other disciples are headed to Emmaus
“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.
“As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.
“He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’
“They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked Him, ‘Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’