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Sunday is Here

Luke 24:5b-6a

…Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:…

Introduction

1. Events of Easter Morning

1st. Some ladies had prepared spices over the Sabbath and High Sabbath so they could come

and anoint the body of their Lord

a. They were doing this because they did not have time to prepared His body for burial

after His crucifixion

b. Mark 16 tells us that the women were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James,

and Salome

2nd. Imagine their surprise when they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.

3rd. I can see them standing there in perplexity when two men (angels) stood by them in

shining garments:

4th. They were filled with fear, so they bowed to the earth

5th. These men (angels) then ask this question…Why seek ye the living among the dead?

6th. Their next statement was shocking…He is not here, but is risen:

7th. Then the men (angels) reminded them of Jesus’ words

a. He taught you that He must be delivered into the hands of sinful men,

b. He taught you that He must be crucified,

c. He taught you that He would rise again on the third day

8th. Then, they remembered His words, and went to tell the eleven and the rest the Good News

that Jesus was alive

2. What a shocking turn of events

3. Let me today share with you some thought concerning Israel, and mankind

a. Hopelessness ruled the day before Jesus

b. Hope appeared with Jesus

c. Hope was lost at the death of Jesus

d. Hope reappeared with Jesus’ Resurrection

I. Hopelessness ruled the day before Jesus

A. Hope was first given in Genesis 3:15

1. Seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent

a. Deliverance for humanity was promised in the middle of punishment being dispensed

b. Two thousand years went by with no deliverer, until God destroyed man by a flood,

except for Noah because he walked habitually with God

c. Surely Noah must be the Seed of the woman that brought deliverance, and now, since,

sinful man had been destroyed, things would be better

d. Noah was not the Promised Seed, because his father had passed the inherent sin to

him, so sin began to prevail again

i. Noah got drunk and lay in his tent naked

ii. Ham saw his father in the shame of his nakedness

iii. In time they built the tower of Babel, with the purpose of making a name for

themselves, in rebellion against God, for they intended to all stay in one place, and

God had told them to scatter and repopulate the earth

Note: Sin is on the rise again as they worship the heavens instead of God who created the

heavens

2. Two thousand years had passed from Adam to the flood and there was no promised

Seed, but then Abraham appears on the scene

a. Again, we read the promise of a Deliverer, who would deliver man from His sins

Note Genesis 12:3b…Abraham…in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

b. From that time, there was prophecy after prophecy concerning the blessing upon

Abraham’s descendants and blessing upon the whole world

c. From the flood until Jesus, about two thousand more years would pass before the Seed

of the woman would appear to redeem humanity, to set man free from sin

d. There would be many prophecies that would be prophecies between Abraham and

Jesus, and time would continue with no Promised Seed appearing

i. Genesis 49:10 is a prophecy made by Jacob that the Messiah would come from the

tribe of Judah, and it was fulfilled some 1400 years later with the birth of Jesus

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Note Shiloh means “He whose it is, that which belongs to him, tranquility (peace). Shiloh is a

word epithet or nickname for Messiah

ii. Isaiah 7:14…Fulfilled some 700 years after the prophecy…Born of a virgin

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

iii. Micah 5:2…Fulfilled some 700 years after the prophecy…Born in Bethlehem

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

iv. Jeremiah 23:5…Fulfilled some 600 years after the prophecy…

Descendant of David

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth

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