Summary: This message deals with three basic scriptural proofs of the reality of the resurrection of Christ.
The Reality Of The Resurrection
Text: Mark 16:1-8
Intro: Today we celebrate what is commonly called Easter. The word “Easter” is used but once in all of the Scriptures (Acts 12:4). The Greek word from which it is transliterated is “Pascha,” which means, “Passover.”(1) It was during the Passover week that Christ was crucified.
Often in today’s society, the celebration of Easter means little more than Peter Cottontail and Easter baskets full of colorful eggs. I’ve always had a problem with that concept. For one thing, no one has ever explained to me the obvious anomaly of rabbits laying eggs once a year at Easter. I’m also very surprised that our scientists haven’t done some in-depth research to discover the reason for this quirk of nature.
Seriously, I know that the practice of hunting colored eggs, and eating chocolate Easter bunnies is all about tradition, and fun for the kids. But the truth is that Easter has nothing to do with bunny rabbits and brightly colored eggs. It is a celebration of the resurrection of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Resurrection is a very important doctrine to the Church of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul said, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). In essence, Paul has said that if the resurrection of Christ is nothing but a hoax and a lie, then we are still lost in our sins; and everything we believe in and hope for with reference to salvation is absolutely meaningless.
Although no amount of proofs would ever satisfy those who refuse to believe, there is much scriptural evidence of the Resurrection. This evidence gives comfort and assurance to the Christian however. With these thoughts in mind, I want to examine some of the evidence of the Resurrection of our Lord.
Theme: We see evidence of the Resurrection in…
I. THE EMPTY TOMB
A. Notice The Announcement Of The Angel.
1. The angel at the tomb declared the resurrection to be a fact.
Matt. 28:1 “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”
NOTE:  Be careful to understand that the angel of the Lord did not roll away the stone to let Jesus out of the tomb, but to let men see that He was not there.
 Folks, the angel said, “He is not here: for he is risen.” It doesn’t take a scholar to understand that statement, only faith.
The Tomb Is Empty