Summary: The Resurrection is an old yet fresh truth bringing hope, love and faith into our lives!
The Resurrection: How can something so Old be so Fresh?
Easter Sunday 07’
Living Springs A/G
John 20: 1-16
1Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”3So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.4Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.5And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.6Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,7and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’* head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.8Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;9for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.10Then the disciples went back to their homes.
11But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb.12And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.13They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”14Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”16Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic,* “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).
The day that Mary, Peter and John went to the tomb marked the 3rd day since Jesus’ crucifixion. This event would mark the defeat of death! Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead on the third day; thus signifying that death could not hold him.
Had Jesus not risen from the dead, we would have no cause to be celebrating his life on this Easter morning. Had Jesus not risen from the dead, there would be no hope for our future or promise of a resurrection. Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave and because of this He has given hope to us that we too, like him would be raised from the dead to live for all eternity with him!
In John 20, we find that Jesus asks Mary to take the news of His resurrection to his disciples. Mary would be the first to tell the Easter story to anyone! For two millennia Christ-Followers have been preaching and sharing this same story of how Jesus was dead and is now alive! Songs have been written and recorded declaring this wonderful news that the Savior Lives! Books have been written and published detailing this spectacular event in history. Movies have been shot and produced depicting the events of that Glorious morning when Jesus stepped out of the tomb! It is a story that has been told and retold over the last two millennia countless times.