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MATTHEW 28:1-10, JOHN 20:1-17

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Life of Christ #57

 

It is the third day after the death of Jesus.  It is early morning, and dark as a group of women proceed towards the tomb, hoping to anoint the body of Jesus. By the time they get there the sun is beginning to rise.

 

A PERPLEXING PROBLEM – Matthew 28:1-4

 

Vs. 1 – Matthew mentions two women who have come to the tomb. But, according to the other Gospels, there were others. Mark 16:1, Luke 24:1

 

A great stone had been rolled in front of the sepulcher, and there was a Roman guard contingent posted. Mark 27:59-60, 62-66     

 

The women were concerned as to the accessibility of the body. Mark 16:3

 

When they arrived the women discovered an even more perplexing problem.  The stone was rolled away from the tomb.  Evidently, Mary Magdalene saw the stone rolled away, and ran for help. 

 

She did not stay, as the other women did, to hear the message of the angels concerning the resurrection.  She went to find Peter and John. 

 

Vs. 2 – There had been a huge earthquake when an Angel from Heaven rolled away the stone.

   

Why did the Angel roll away the stone?

Was it to let Jesus out? No!

Jesus’ resurrection body is capable of going through walls.

 

The angel rolled away the stone to show Jesus’ followers that the tomb was empty!

   

The angel sat on the stone that he had rolled away.

 

Vs. 3 – The angel’s appearance reflected the glory of the God he served.  He evidently glowed with brilliance like lightening.  His clothing was as white as snow.

 

Vs. 4 – The guards were terrified and became like dead men.  They were decommissioned, so to speak.

 

A PERPLEXING PROBLEM – Matthew 28:1-4

A PROFOUND ANNOUNCEMENT – Matthew 28:5-7

 

Vs. 5 – The great announcement to those who believe on Jesus as their Savior is always “fear not!”

 

The Roman guards should have feared.

Those that crucified Jesus should have feared.

Anyone who is not trusting Jesus as Savior should fear.

 

But those of us who know Jesus as Savior should not fear! Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 41:10, Luke 12:4-7

 

Vs. 5-6 – The angel continued in his message. The women were not to fear because Jesus wasn’t there. That was great news! 

 

He had risen from the dead as He said. Jesus proved himself to be reputable. He did what He said that He would do!  John 2:20-22, Matthew 16:21

 

Vss. 6-7 – The message of the angel is very encouraging.  There are four words that summarize what we should do in reaction to the resurrection.   

 

“COME AND SEE” – We need to come and see for ourselves that Jesus is indeed risen from the dead.  We  need to believe in the death burial and resurrection of Christ for forgiveness and everlasting life.

 

“GO AND TELL” – After seeing and believing for ourselves, we need to go and tell others the wonderful news.  We need to “REACH OUR WORLD” as our theme for this month says.

Romans 10:9-10 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

A PERSONAL APPEARANCE – Matthew 28:8-10

 

Vs. 8 – The women obeyed the angel.

You can understand how they would still have an element of fear.  It was probably fear of the unknown, fear of the new, and fear of the unexplainable.

 

But there was also great joy!  Jesus was alive! Jesus was victorious over the grave. Jesus was who He said He was!

 

Vs. 9 – The logical response to seeing Jesus alive is to worship Him!

 

Vs. 10 - Like the angel a few short minutes before, Jesus sent the women to share the good news of His resurrection!  Jesus sends us to our world with the same message: Mark 16:15

 

A PENETRATING INVESTIGATION – John 20:1-9

 

Vss. 1-2 – As we said earlier, Mary Magdalene evidently saw the empty tomb and left to tell John and Peter the news. Her understanding was foggy at best. She was convinced that someone had stolen the body.

 

Vss. 3-5 – John, who was probably younger, outran Peter.  He looked in and saw the evidence of the resurrection. But He did not go in.

 

Vss. 6-7 – Peter went in and saw the evidence himself.

Everything was orderly in the tomb.

The grave clothes were there.

The napkin, or sweat band for his head were there.

These were proof that Jesus had been raised.

 

Vss. 8-9 – Although Jesus had said that He would rise from the dead, the disciples never “got it!”  And they did not know the scriptures that told of His resurrection.

John saw the evidence and believed.

   

Vs. 10 – Peter may have walked away still perplexed by the empty tomb. John walked away convinced.

 

A PRIVATE INTERVIEW – John 20:10-15

 

Vss. 11-12 – Mary returns to the sepulcher. She remains outside weeping.  Peter and John are gone. Angels appear.

 

Vs. 13 – Here was a very good question. “Why are you weeping?”

The angels knew why she was weeping, but I believe that they were intimating that she had no reason to weep!

 

The angels knew that Mary had no reason to weep, but every reason to rejoice.

There are times in our lives when sorrow overwhelms us and we weep.  This is okay to a point. It’s normal.

 

Eventually there is a time to go beyond the weeping to rejoicing.

The Lord Jesus is risen from the dead.

The Lord Jesus never leaves or forsakes us.

The Lord Jesus has a place for us in Heaven.

All sorrow and trials here on earth are temporary.  Our lives, as Christians, are eternal!

 

Psalm 30:5 - …weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

 

Vss. 14-15 – Jesus came to Mary in her sorrow, as He will come to you in you sorrow.

Again, He asks why she is weeping.   

Mary still doesn’t get it. She does not know that she is talking to Jesus, and very bravely, thinking Jesus to be the gardener, offers to move the body herself.

 

Vs. 16 – Jesus turns Mary’s tears to joy with the mention of her name.

 

Vs. 17 – Mary was clinging to Jesus. She was not to cling.

The plan was for Jesus to ascend to Heaven.

From there He would indwell each believer with His Holy Spirit.

It was a time for Good News and Mary was to share it!

 

A PERPLEXING PROBLEM – Matthew 28:1-4

A PROFOUND ANNOUNCEMENT – Matthew 28:5-7

A PERSONAL APPEARANCE – Matthew 28:8-10

A PENETRATING INVESTIGATION – John 20:1-9

A PRIVATE INTERVIEW – John 20:10-15

 

 

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