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RUSH (SS)(9/17/17)

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Who appreciates and knows a good come-back story?
What’s the craziest come-back story you’ve ever heard?
Why are these stories so good to listen too?
What do you think would have happened if Jesus didn’t get out of the tomb?

Main Truth out of today’s passage: Sin’s curse was removed and death was defeated in Jesus’ resurrection!

I have a cool picture to show y’all, maybe you’ve seen it on facebook or social media.
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Let’s check today’s passage. Split it up to read out loud.
Matthew 28:1–15 ESV
1 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” 11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

Some Questions...

What’s the Sabbath?
Why do you think it’s a big deal the women saw Jesus first?
Imagine you were with the women visiting the tomb. How would you respond to what you saw?
Why do you think the women clung to Jesus when they saw Him again?
What’s an example of when we cling to Jesus?

Some important aspects to discuss in this passage.

(1) Sanctification - Glorification

The final stage of our marathon with Jesus is called what? Glorification - verse 3.
Philippians 1:19-11
Philippians 1:9–11 ESV
9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV
12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Colossians 1:22 ESV
22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
Philippians 3:20–21 ESV
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Matthew 28:3 ESV
3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

(2) Great Commission

What is the great commission?
Matthew 28:19–20 ESV
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
RUSH stands for multiplication! Here’s an example...
Matthew 28:
2 Timothy 2:2 ESV
2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
What’s an example of making disciples?
What commands is Jesus talking about?
Who’s authority do we stand on?

After all…He did resurrect from the grave!

*Last little bit of questions*

How does the message of Jesus’ resurrection help believers fight fear?
How does the message of Jesus’ resurrection offer us hope?
How should a Christian approach the reality of one day dying?
What are some ways Christians can offer hope to those who fear death?
What are some reasons people give today for not believing in the risen Savior?
How does the women’s immediate obedience in telling others about Jesus serve as an example for us?
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