Summary: Here’s a sermon for Easter Sunday that deals with the resurrection. A fairy tale about the Easter Bunny is included to hold your congregation’s attention.
"The True Story of Easter"
1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
2But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
3Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.
5Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,
7saying, ’The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ "
8And they remembered His words.
9Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
Today is Easter Sunday.
This is the day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
Though many people today still doubt the resurrection..
We believe what the Bible says.
The resurrection is the foundation for our Christian faith.
Just as the Bible says in 1 Cor. 15:17
And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
The resurrection also gives us hope for ourselves!
1 Cor. 6:14
And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
A man was driving along the highway, when he saw the Easter Bunny hopping across the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the bunny, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of his car and was hit. The basket of eggs and candy went flying all over the road.
The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road, and got out to see what had become of the bunny carrying the basket. Much to his disappointment, the colorful bunny was dead. The driver felt guilty and became very upset. He stood beside the lifeless body of the bunny with his head bowed low and his arms held behind his back.
We’ll get back to that story a little later.
But let’s think for a moment about the Disciples of Jesus.
They were brokenhearted.
After being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemene…
Jesus was taken through a series of illegal trials.
He was taken before the Jewish High Priests Annas & Caiaphas.
Then He appeared before the Jewish Sanhedrin.
They passed Jesus on to Pilate, the Roman Governor.
Pilate sent Jesus on to Herod Antipas, the Roman appointed king.
Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate.
Jesus was scourged…and then handed over to be crucified.
He was nailed to a cross.
For 6 hours Jesus hung there in excruciating pain.
Around 3:00 that afternoon…
Jesus spoke the words: “It is finished”
And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.
Jesus was dead.
He had been crucified.
His dead body was placed in a tomb!
Most of the Disciples did not witness these events.
Listen to what happened after Jesus was arrested:
Mark 14:50 Then they all forsook Him and fled.
Peter and John watched some of the trials Jesus went through.
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!"
So John and some of the women who followed Jesus…
witnessed the crucifixion.
We are told that after Jesus was condemned to die..
Judas went out and committed suicide.
Where were James, Matthew, Philip, Nathanael, Thomas,
Bartholomew, Andrew, Thaddeus, Jand Simon the zealot?
Luke 23:49 says:
But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
So perhaps the rest of Jesus’ Disciples saw it, too.
When the disciples saw that Jesus had been crucified…
their hopes, dreams, and plans were crushed.
They believed that it was just as Jesus said on the cross.
“It is finished.”
All their hopes had died with Jesus!
But death is not the end.
DEATH HAS BEEN CONQUERED!
1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.