Summary: Women at the tomb
1. New Day. “Now when the Sabbath was past . . .” (Mark 16:1). It was also identified “the first day of the week began to dawn” (Matthew 28:1). “The Lord’s Day” (Rev. 1:10). It is also known as the “Resurrection Day.”
2. The followers did not expect a resurrection, because they came to the tomb anticipating a dead corpse.
3. Earthquake. “There was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord . . . came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it” (Matthew 28:2).
4. Soldier’s false explanation. “His disciples . . . stole Him away while we slept” (Matthew 28:13).
DEFINING JESUS’ RESURRECTION
1. Renewed physical life. More than resuscitation.
2. Reunion of body and spirit.
3. Subjected the power of death.
4. Jesus took a new position in Heaven.
5. Renewed glory.
6. Identified with believers and the church. “In Christ.”
5. Jesus emptied Sheol (Paradise or Abraham’s bosom) and led Old Testament saints into heaven. “That is why the Scriptures say, ‘When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.’ Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world (Eph. 4:8-9, NLT).
B. EVENTS AT THE EMPTY TOMB
1. Mary Magdalene and other women came before sunrise. “Very early in the morning they and certain other women with them” (Luke 24:1).
b. Mary went ahead alone. “Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb” (John 20:1).
c. Mary ran to get Peter and John. “Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple” (John 20:2).
2. Women came to the tomb and saw an angel. “Do not be afraid . . . He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay . . . go quickly and tell” (Matthew 28:5-6).
a. The women met Jesus. “And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, ‘Rejoice!’ So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him” (Matthew 28:9).
b. To worshipping women. They took Jesus by the feet. “Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they shall see Me” (Matthew 28:10).
c. Why did Jesus let them hold His feet? To receive worship.
C. WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF THE RESURRECTION?
1. Giving eternal life. “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live’” (John 11:25).
2. Imparting power. “What is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead” (Eph. 1:19-20).
3. Manifesting justification. “Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Rom. 4:25).
4. Providing life. “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20).
5. Our union with Christ. Paul reminds us that He has “and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6).
If you have never really accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, would you do it right now? Do not delay or put it off. If you would like to receive Christ by faith, pray this simple prayer in your heart:
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died for my sins on the cross, and rose again the third day. I repent of my sins. By faith I receive the Lord Jesus as my Savior. You promised to save me, and I believe You, because You are God and cannot lie. I believe right now that the Lord Jesus is my personal Savior, and that all my sins are forgiven through His precious blood. I thank You, dear Lord, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, God heard you and saved you. I personally want to welcome you to the family of God and rejoice with you.
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