Summary: The timid and fearful Apostles after seeing the Resurrected Christ and were filled with the Holy Spirit shared the message of the Risen Christ fervently and fearlessly! Are we living victoriously for Christ? Like Paul do we still want to know Christ?
Cornerstone Church Easter Sunday 4.20.14
“The Resurrection – What Now?”
“It was the worst of times
and going to be the best of times!”
The early band of Followers (Christians) were devastated on Friday.
The one they thought was:
* The Messiah
* The Savior!
* Son of God
* Son of David
* Son of Man
Crucified = beaten, stricken, mocked, pulverized beyond all recognition.
Then nailed to a cross to die hanging between heaven and earth!
Hope snuffed out like a candle!
* Peter denied the Lord the night before (weighted down by guilt)!
* Disciples are scattered (some hiding in the shadows).
* The ones who loved him greatly got permission to prepare the Body for burial and bury Jesus.
* The authorities seal and guard the tomb!
The Sabbath Begins!
THE RESURRECTION – DOUBTED
Example: Look at Mary Magdalene
John 20:13 NIV They (the Angeles) asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
The Sabbath – Saturday the silence remained!
Jesus is dead! There is no doubt here! The Romans made sure he was dead!
Jesus is in the Tomb – stone covered the entrance!
* Wrapped for Burial
* His body is icy cold!
* Blood congealed!
* Rigor mortis fully set in!
Even though the Believers doubted the officials were not going to take chances!
The religious leaders listened to what Jesus said, but their dark hearts keep them from believing He was the Messiah!
“…the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. Matthew 27:62b-66
The Sabbath (Saturday) ended and darkness returns!
Everything is about to change!
THE RESURRECTION – BELIEVED
Jesus dead Body was resurrected!
* Imagine the power it took to bring someone to life that was dead going on three days!
* Jesus - God the Son had raised others from the dead including Lazarus after four days!
* Jesus is Risen!
o This is the real deal!
o Do not diminish the Glory of God the SON by some cheap dime store theory that in the coolness of the tomb Jesus regained consciousness and everyone only thought He was dead!
o He was dead: Romans, Religious Leaders, Jews, followers knew it!
I imagine it as this song declares:
“There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!”
“In Christ Alone”