Summary: This is a sermon that deals with the resorection of Christ, and how we can benifit as Christians and how those who are not Christians need to become one.
Can’t keep a “God” man down!
We have all have heard the saying; “You can’t keep a good man down”. We will talk about that in a little bit. But what we start off with talking about the day we all are celebrating today. So let’s start with the first man that you can’t keep down…
You can’t keep a “God” man down!
Now this is somewhat hard for the human mind to comprehend this…but God, came to the earth in the form of a man. He was God, but gave up the power and the pleasure of being God, but He was also very much a man. He got hungry. He got tired. He had feelings. He was God in the form of the man, God man. When He was arrested falsely and was scourged, which means that He was beaten within an inch of His life, He felt that. When He was stuck on His face when He was blind folded and the soldiers stuck Him and told Him to prophesy to us who struck you, He felt every blow. When they place the crown of thorns or His head, and as they pressed it down, it was real blood that trickled down His face. When they drove the nails in His hands and in His feet, He felt every blow of that hammer. He was just as human as you and I. But out His love and obedience, He being a man gave His life for you and me.
Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
The death of the cross was the cruelest punishment known to man. Not just any death, not a lethal injection, not facing the electric chair, a hanging, but not one that was done by placing a noose around His neck, but by being nailed to a cross and hanging there till He literally suffocated by not having the strength to pull His self up to get His next breath. It was a cruelest of all deaths.
But when He cried out, “It is finished”, it did not mean He was done. Stick a fork in Him or in this case, stick a spear. You can’t keep a “God” man down.
Then when they place His body in the tomb, and then they placed a large stone to seal that tomb, and they placed guards outside the tomb, to prevent anyone from coming and taking the body. But they didn’t understand that you can’t keep a “God” man down.
When Joseph took the body of Jesus and placed it in His own tomb, he thought that is was a permanent resting place, but Jesus knew it was a loaner, a three-day loaner to be exact. You can’t keep a “God” man down.
The huge stone that was to seal the tomb would have defiantly been a deterrent. The women who went to the tomb talked about that. “Who will roll the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”
These women came with spices to anoint the body of Christ; they were not expecting Him to do what He had many times told them He would do. On the third day that He would rise, but evidently they didn’t believe Him.