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Biblical Exposition - Preparation Worksheet:
“Every text has a structure, every structure has an emphasis, the emphasis shapes the sermon.”
Think through and what God want my people to hear this time...
1. How has the author organized the text? Answer this question in two ways: 1) show the author’s structure with sections and verse references, and 2) explain how you arrived at this structure.
1. The Empty tomb (24:1-12)
For I command you today...
The first day of the week the women take spices to the tomb
Love the Lord your God
To walk in obedience to Him
They found the stone rolled away with Jesus’ body gone
As they were scratching their heads, two angels appeared and stood beside them
The men asked, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, he has risen!” Remember what he told you while he was with you at Galilee...
Son of Man must be delivered over into the hands of sinners
Be crucified
And on the third day be raised again
Then they remembered his words
They went back and told the 11 and the others
They did not believe the women…seeming like nonsense
Peter ran up to the tomb, saw the the strips of linen
when away wondering himself what had happened
2. On Road to Emmas
Two followers of Christ went to a village called Emmas
They were talking about the things that were happening
As they were talking, Jesus shows up walking along with them...
Jesus innocently asked what they were talking about
One of them tells him about what had happened
Chief priests hand Jesus over to crucified
They had hoped he would redeem Israel
It has been three days since he was crucified
She women told them that they did not find the body in the tomb
The women has seen a vision of Angels, who told them said Jesus was alive
Some of their companions when to the tomb and found it as the women had said
Jesus scolds them for being foolish and being slow to believe the prophets
Did not the messiah had to suffer these things before he went into glory?
Beginning with Moses and all the prophets , he explained to them what the Scriptures said about him
They got to the village and Jesus ended up staying with them and ate bread together
Their eyes where opened and they recognized him and then he disappeared
They talked about how their hearts were burning when they were talking to Jesus
They retuned to Jerusalem to tell the disciple that it was true Jesus is alive
Jesus appeared to Simon
3. Jesus appears to his disciples
To keep his commands, decrees, laws
Then you will live and increase
He appeared among them and said, “Peace be with you”
They were frightened and thought it was a ghost
Then the Lord will bless you in the land you are entering to possess
He challenges them…and asks them why they were afraid…and asks them to look at his hands and feet
They still did not believe it because of joy and excitement
He asked for something to eat and he ate it in front of them
He reiterated that this is all what he told them...
Everything must be fulfilled this way about him in Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms
that the Messiah will die and rise from the dead on the third day
And repentance for the forgiveness will be preached in his name among the nations, beginning in Jerusalem
You will be witnesses
Jesus tells the he is sending them the Holy Spirit and that they were to stay in the city until he came
2. See, I set before you...death and destruction (15b, 17-18)
If your heart turns away
If you are not obedient
If you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them
What emphasis does the structure reveal?
I declare to you this day that you will be certainly destroyed
You will no longer live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
All went according to plan
God has plan
3. Choose life
We don’t always see the plan - we need new eyes
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that i have set before you life and death, blessing and curses
We are slow to believe the plan /All Scripture speaks of the plan
We have a responsibility because fo the plan
Choose life that your children may life
Choose life that you may love the Lord your God
Choose life that you may listen to his voice
Choose life and hold fast too him
For the Lord is your life
And he will give you many years in the land he swore to give your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
What emphasis does the structure reveal?
The choice of life or death…decision time
2. How is the meaning of your text informed by its context? Answer this question using 1) the immediate context (the closest passages on both sides of your text), 2) the context of the whole book, and 3) the historical context.
-He is reminding them of the options that are before them.
-Just prior to these verses he warns them of idolatry and tells of their future rebellion and resulting destruction...
-And how after a while, the Lord will circumcise their hearts so that they will love him
-They will mess up…that is where we can depend on the grace and compassion of God...
2) Context of the book is that the whole book is driving to this decision that God and Moses want Israel to make...
-Whole goal of Deut. is that they will choose life…choose obedience over disobedience and rebellion...
-Jesus has just died in the previous passage and this is three days later...
3) The historical context is the covenant God made with the second generation of Israelites who came out of Egypt… 29:1
-So this is still part of the Mosaic law covenant, which I think was to show the holiness of God and the inability of human beings.
3. What is the main idea (or aim) that the author is communicating to his audience?
Answer this question with one simple sentence.
Gods ways are not our ways
God works in powerful ways...
4. What are a few ways that your text relates to or anticipates the gospel (i.e., the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ)?
4. What are a few ways that your text relates to or anticipates the gospel (i.e., the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ)?
-We need spiritual life
-Set before them life and death…Jesus is the only one who can give life...
-Maybe new life in Christ…is it giving resurrection hope?
- ?
-These verses talk about salvation and judgement…life and death
How would you incorporate one of these connections into your sermon?
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5. What is your primary argument in your sermon?
The resurrection advances/creates establishes our mission
The resurrection gives us a mission.
Story of the Resurrection
Proof/Reality of the Resurrection
Promise of the Resurrection - Supernatural help of the Holy Spirit
Theme - According to Plan
Three Scenes:
Jesus is alive (1-12)
Jesus fulfilled Scripture (13-35)
Jesus gives the Church a Mission (36-49)
We have a message because of the resurrection
We have a mission because of the resurrection
We need help for the mission
The primary argument of this sermon to my people at PRBC is really that salvation is found in no one else ( )
Answer this question by showing the implications and/or applications for both the unbeliever and the believer.
What does this text say to the unbeliever?
What does the say to Christians?
-Choose, by God’s grace, to flee sin and rebellion
-Hebrew 2:1-4
- warns about unbelief…talking about the same people...
-He is warning against apostasy…the fact that all who come to church are not necessarily Christians...
-So, examine your heart…this is what I want them to do, just like Paul did to the Corinthian church -
-This is the first thing I want to them to do to examine themselves:
Fruit of the Spirit
Serving
Sin lists - & 5;
If the things on these lists are not evident in your life, then there are only two options…either you might not be a Christian or your are not a very good Christian, if I can put is that way, an immature Christian, weak Christian...
Why would the author mentioned this?
-People who have missed the mission of the church…or who are apathetic about it
-Those who need to know God’s plan
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All other roads lead to death and destruction...
-Remind the church of its mission
The author mentioned this to encourage them to choose life and not death and destruction.
Who needs to hear this?
Who needs to hear this?
Those who need to be motivated to love and serve God more
Those who have not caught the vision of the mission of the church...
Those who are comfortable, fake, lazy…Sunday “Christians”
FCF - Doubt, fear,
Wandering, drifting…prone to wander...
Application:
What does God now require of me?
Where does he require it of me?
Why must I do what he requires?
How can I do what God requires?
What is he telling PRBC?
Get on board with God’s mission
Grow in your serving Christ..
6. What is your homiletical outline?
Theme -
Sunday School:
Add a few things from last week...
-Talk about if a pastor errors…good to be part of fellowship/denomination to be accountable
-We are talking about essential doctrines, not secondary issues
This morning we celebrate the resurrection…the the life the hope we have
-Talk about how Good Friday makes sense…
But Resurrection Sunday is a little harder to make sense of
Jesus predicted his death - ; ;
But Resurrection Sunday is a little harder to make sense of...
Everyone in the Bible had no problem with the fact that Jesus died.
But it goes to great lengths to show that the resurrection of Jesus really happened.
All the people in these verses did not believe the women…
Peter wondered...
Those travelling to Emmaus…did not believe the women...
Even at the end of the story…look what Jesus asked them…in verse 38…41...
, Paul has to defend the belief in the resurrection as there were some who did not believe it.
-, Paul has to defend the belief in the resurrection as there were some who did not believe it.
, Paul has to defend the belief in the resurrection as there were some who did not believe it.
The resurrection is to most unnatural one to wrap our brains around because it is so foreign to our experience...
To deny the resurrection of Jesus is absolutely foolish! When you deny the resurrection, you literally have destroyed the Christian faith; there is nothing left to it! Paul knows the importance of the resurrection of Jesus and the dead, and he writes for precisely the same purpose. There were false teachers in the Corinthian church who were denying the resurrection from the dead.
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 
For a Christian to deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus after reading is completely asinine! For a Christian to say that they could call a person a Christian who denies the bodily resurrection of Jesus is absolutely absurd!
This is exactly what Paul is getting at here when he penned this section, and he gives us 13 reasons why it is absurd to deny the resurrection of the dead!
1) - Jesus has not been raised
Paul makes the bold claim here that if the dead in Christ are not raised, then not even Jesus has been raised. If Jesus has not been raised from the dead, then Jesus is not God and the Christian faith is not the Christian faith. The preaching and faith of Christians would be fake.
2) - Paul's preaching is in vain
If the dead are not raised, then Paul's preaching is in vain - meaning that his preaching is empty. Paul has not preached truth if Jesus has not been raised from the dead.
3) - Their faith is in vain
If the dead are not raised, then they have a faith that is useless - because if they have believed in a Jesus who has been raised from the dead and he has not, then that is an empty faith.
4) - They are liars
If they testified that Christ has been raised from the dead and he has not, then Paul is a false witness; he has lied about Jesus.
5) - Christ has not been raised
Paul says this again: if the dead are not raised, then Jesus has not been raised. Paul again here stresses the importance of the resurrection of the dead.
6) - Your faith is futile
Paul says this again, but he uses another word. If Christ has not been raised, then their faith is useless.
7) - You are still in your sins
If Jesus has not been raised from the dead, they still have the consequences of their sin upon them. They are still alienated from God, still under the bondage of sin, and still under the anger of God for their sin.
8) - Those who have died have perished
Those who have died before them have not been resurrected with Jesus, but are dead - and there is no hope for them.
9)   -We are pitied people
If we only have hope in this life, we are pitied. The word pitied means to be miserable or in a pathetic condition. This is what our culture has hope in: this earth, just this life. But if we only have hope in Christ in this life on earth, what kind of hope is that? It is no hope!
10) - Those who are Baptized in the dead
This is another one of those controversial verses - but at the end of the day, Baptism symbolizes a life that has been brought from death to new life in Christ. It is a symbol of the resurrection hope. If you have been baptized, then what is the point, if there is no resurrection from the dead?
11) - Danger
Paul has put his life at risk for the sake of the gospel, preaching and teaching the resurrection of Jesus. What would be the point of this, if the dead are not raised ?
12) - Die everyday
Paul has died to himself every day to do the work of ministry; if Jesus had not been raised, what would have been the point?
13) - Battle with Beasts
Paul has battled the evil forces of the Roman government and evil people while doing ministry. If Christ had not been raised, what is the point?
In conclusion, if the dead are not raised, then everything Paul has said here is true. Every CBOQ pastor who has preached the resurrection from the dead is a liar. Every Canadian Baptist has a futile useless faith that is absolutely pointless! But Paul boldly writes in : "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead!"
Therefore, because Jesus has been raised from the dead, we have a real, living and active faith. We are not pitied, but the most blessed. We have not perished, but have eternal life. We can face trials and tribulations in ministry!
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  
We in the CBOQ need to move away from the false view that love never corrects or calls out sin. But in fact, the most loving thing we can do with those who have strayed from the Biblical Faith is to rebuke, correct and exhort them in Biblical Christianity! Just as Paul says about love in , "It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth."
-Spend time in , but also in ?
I want to think about the outcome of the resurrection...

1. The Empty Tomb reveals that God is faithful.

Centuries earlier, after Adam and Eve rebelled, God promised that he would crush wrong once and for all (). He vowed to send his Son to defeat sin and death by his crucifixion and resurrection. For thousands of years, God neither forgot nor turned from his promise. He didn't grow weary, nor would he be distracted. He made a promise, and he controlled the events of history so that at just the right moment, Jesus Christ would come and fulfill what had been promised.

2. The Empty Tomb reveals that God is powerful.

Think of the authority you would need to have to control all the situations, locations and relationships in order to guarantee that Jesus would come at the precise moment and do what he was appointed to do. Also, could there be a more pointed demonstration of power than to have power over death ()? By God's awesome power, Jesus took off his grave clothes and walked out of that tomb. Human beings are capable of some pretty amazing things, but we'll all die, and there's nothing we can do about it.

3. The Empty Tomb reveals that God is loving.

Why would God go to such an extent to help us? Why would he care to notice us, let alone rescue us? Why would he ever sacrifice His own Son? Because not only is God loving, but he himself is the definition of love (, ). You and I need to remember that his love was not motivated by what he saw in us, but by what is inside of him. Even when we're unloving and rebellious, full of ourselves and wanting our own way, God is still loving. He delights in transforming us by his grace and rescuing us by his love.

4. The Empty Tomb guarantees eternity.

No matter how mundane, routine, and slowly progressing your story seems to be, it's marching towards a glorious conclusion. There will be a moment when God will raise you out of this broken world into a paradise where sin and suffering will be no more (, ).
In the morning sermon I want to talk about the fact of the resurrection from Luke 24...

5. The Empty Tomb guarantees security.

No matter how unpredictable and out-of-control your life feels, Jesus is reigning, and he will continue to reign until the final enemy is under his feet (). That doesn't mean you will avoid the groaning of life in a broken world (), but it does mean there's nothing that can separate you from the loving and protecting hand of God.

6. The Empty Tomb guarantees delivery.

No matter how hopeless and weak you think you are, you've been provided with all the grace you need to make it to the end. Future grace always carries with it the promise of present grace. God will provide everything you need until you see him face to face ().
So this Easter Sunday, celebrate the Empty Tomb and the right here, right now benefits of the Resurrection that it provides!
God bless
Paul David Tripp

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

How has God shown himself to be faithful, powerful and loving in your life recently? Find specific examples for each of those 3.How can the guarantees of eternity, security, and delivery change the way you approach life this week? Be specific in your application of each of those 3.How can you celebrate the Resurrection all year long, instead of one Sunday a year? Think of real ways to remember this event in the mundane moments of everyday life.
But for the next 45 min I want to discuss more generally the resurrection means for the Christian...
Why it bring us joy…why we rejoice in a living Saviour....
Our CBOQ denomination is not far from such an environment! In the summer of 2017, there was a particular preacher in one of our CBOQ churches who proclaimed that the resurrection and the virgin birth were just fantasy because modern scholarship has rejected these from being true. 
2. Intended Consequences of our Decisions
In almost every Christian church I know, such a statement by a preacher during a service would have taken some serious challenge and heat from the congregation, but not this congregation. This sermon was joyfully put online for the World Wide Web to hear. The CBOQ was notified of this sermon, yet has done virtually nothing to seek to restore the speaker nor the congregation back to Biblical and Authentic Christianity.
3. Urgent Appeal to Choose Life
I thought that this would be a lone incident in the Canadian Baptist family.
4. Necessary Grace and Compassion of God
Well, I was wrong.
I was talking recently to a Baptist Colleague who was upset about some of my theological views; the discussion led from one thing to another. So I thought I would ask point blank: “If a person claimed to be a Christian and yet denied the bodily resurrection of Jesus, would that person still be a Christian? Would you still call them a brother or sister in the Lord?"
His answer dumbfounded me! He said that he could call someone a Christian who denied the resurrection, but only if they called themselves a Christian. I realized that my concerns for the CBOQ denomination and their theological corruption were a little more widespread than I anticipated!
To deny the resurrection of Jesus is absolutely foolish! When you deny the resurrection, you literally have destroyed the Christian faith; there is nothing left to it! Paul knows the importance of the resurrection of Jesus and the dead, and he writes for precisely the same purpose. There were false teachers in the Corinthian church who were denying the resurrection from the dead.
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 
For a Christian to deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus after reading is completely asinine! For a Christian to say that they could call a person a Christian who denies the bodily resurrection of Jesus is absolutely absurd!
This is exactly what Paul is getting at here when he penned this section, and he gives us 13 reasons why it is absurd to deny the resurrection of the dead!
1) - Jesus has not been raised
Paul makes the bold claim here that if the dead in Christ are not raised, then not even Jesus has been raised. If Jesus has not been raised from the dead, then Jesus is not God and the Christian faith is not the Christian faith. The preaching and faith of Christians would be fake.
2) - Paul's preaching is in vain
If the dead are not raised, then Paul's preaching is in vain - meaning that his preaching is empty. Paul has not preached truth if Jesus has not been raised from the dead.
3) - Their faith is in vain
If the dead are not raised, then they have a faith that is useless - because if they have believed in a Jesus who has been raised from the dead and he has not, then that is an empty faith.
4) - They are liars
If they testified that Christ has been raised from the dead and he has not, then Paul is a false witness; he has lied about Jesus.
5) - Christ has not been raised
Paul says this again: if the dead are not raised, then Jesus has not been raised. Paul again here stresses the importance of the resurrection of the dead.
6) - Your faith is futile
There are things, as Paul Tripp points out, that the resurrection both reveals and guarantees...
Paul says this again, but he uses another word. If Christ has not been raised, then their faith is useless.
7) - You are still in your sins
If Jesus has not been raised from the dead, they still have the consequences of their sin upon them. They are still alienated from God, still under the bondage of sin, and still under the anger of God for their sin.
8) - Those who have died have perished
Those who have died before them have not been resurrected with Jesus, but are dead - and there is no hope for them.
What does the resurrection reveal about God?
9)   -We are pitied people
If we only have hope in this life, we are pitied. The word pitied means to be miserable or in a pathetic condition. This is what our culture has hope in: this earth, just this life. But if we only have hope in Christ in this life on earth, what kind of hope is that? It is no hope!
10) - Those who are Baptized in the dead
This is another one of those controversial verses - but at the end of the day, Baptism symbolizes a life that has been brought from death to new life in Christ. It is a symbol of the resurrection hope. If you have been baptized, then what is the point, if there is no resurrection from the dead?
11) - Danger
Paul has put his life at risk for the sake of the gospel, preaching and teaching the resurrection of Jesus. What would be the point of this, if the dead are not raised ?
1. The Empty Tomb reveals that God is faithful.
12) - Die everyday
Paul has died to himself every day to do the work of ministry; if Jesus had not been raised, what would have been the point?
13) - Battle with Beasts
Paul has battled the evil forces of the Roman government and evil people while doing ministry. If Christ had not been raised, what is the point?
In conclusion, if the dead are not raised, then everything Paul has said here is true. Every CBOQ pastor who has preached the resurrection from the dead is a liar. Every Canadian Baptist has a futile useless faith that is absolutely pointless! But Paul boldly writes in : "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead!"
Therefore, because Jesus has been raised from the dead, we have a real, living and active faith. We are not pitied, but the most blessed. We have not perished, but have eternal life. We can face trials and tribulations in ministry!
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  
We in the CBOQ need to move away from the false view that love never corrects or calls out sin. But in fact, the most loving thing we can do with those who have strayed from the Biblical Faith is to rebuke, correct and exhort them in Biblical Christianity! Just as Paul says about love in , "It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth."
1. The Empty Tomb reveals that God is faithful.

1. The Empty Tomb reveals that God is faithful.

Centuries earlier, after Adam and Eve rebelled, God promised that he would crush wrong once and for all ().
He vowed to send his Son to defeat sin and death by his crucifixion and resurrection.
For thousands of years, God neither forgot nor turned from his promise.
He didn't grow weary, nor would he be distracted.
He made a promise, and he controlled the events of history so that at just the right moment, Jesus Christ would come and fulfill what had been promised.
Discussion question:
-How important is it to see here God is faithful?

2. The Empty Tomb reveals that God is powerful.

Think of the authority you would need to have to control all the situations, locations and relationships in order to guarantee that Jesus would come at the precise moment and do what he was appointed to do.
Also, could there be a more pointed demonstration of power than to have power over death ()?
By God's awesome power, Jesus took off his grave clothes and walked out of that tomb.
Human beings are capable of some pretty amazing things, but we'll all die, and there's nothing we can do about it.

3. The Empty Tomb reveals that God is loving.

Why would God go to such an extent to help us?
Why would he care to notice us, let alone rescue us?
Why would he ever sacrifice His own Son?
Because not only is God loving, but he himself is the definition of love (, ).
You and I need to remember that his love was not motivated by what he saw in us, but by what is inside of him.
Even when we're unloving and rebellious, full of ourselves and wanting our own way, God is still loving.
He delights in transforming us by his grace and rescuing us by his love.
- 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
What does the resurrection guarantee for us?
What does the resurrection guarantee for us?

4. The Empty Tomb guarantees eternity.

No matter how mundane, routine, and slowly progressing your story seems to be, it's marching towards a glorious conclusion.
There will be a moment when God will raise you out of this broken world into a paradise where sin and suffering will be no more (, ; ).

5. The Empty Tomb guarantees security.

No matter how unpredictable and out-of-control your life feels, Jesus is reigning, and he will continue to reign until the final enemy is under his feet ().
That doesn't mean you will avoid the groaning of life in a broken world (), but it does mean there's nothing that can separate you from the loving and protecting hand of God.

6. The Empty Tomb guarantees delivery.

No matter how hopeless and weak you think you are, you've been provided with all the grace you need to make it to the end.
Future grace always carries with it the promise of present grace.
God will provide everything you need until you see him face to face ().
So this Easter Sunday, celebrate the Empty Tomb and the right here, right now and the benefits of the Resurrection that it provides!
Paul David Tripp

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1. How has God shown himself to be faithful, powerful and loving in your life recently? Find specific examples for each of those
Find specific examples for each of those
2. How can the guarantees of eternity, security, and delivery change the way you approach life this week? Be specific in your application of each of those .
Be specific in your application of each of those .
3. How can you celebrate the Resurrection all year long, instead of one Sunday a year?Think of real ways to remember this event in the mundane moments of everyday life.
Think of real ways to remember this event in the mundane moments of everyday life.
Intro to Sermon:
This morning we are celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ...
Which is the Christian hope...
Which also is, as Tim Keller points out is, “a hard, bare, irritating, paradigm shattering, horribly inconvenient but impossible to dismiss fact.”
If Jesus was raised from the dead, then you have to deal with everything in the bible...
It makes it all true…you don’t have the resurrection, you don’t have Christianity...
Then meeting on the first day of the week, because Jesus was raised on the first day of the week, has been pointless for centuries...
You have to believe in the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus...
And yes, a modern person can actually believe in the resurrection from the grave!
No one has a problem that Jesus died…even the people in this historical event had no problem
But the resurrection was a little harder, as we will see...
So, I want to take you through the resurrection story here in chapter 24...
- 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
- 1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God
Talk about how Lue is structured - Dever - use some of his info at the beginning...
I want to take you through the resurrection story here in chapter 24...
I just want to point out how extremely important this chapter is...
Theme - According to Plan
Three Scenes…three themes in the first 49 verses...
1. The Resurrection is a Shocking and Transforming Historical Reality (1-12)
Exposition:
Talk about
To begin thinking about the resurrection…we have to first understand what Luke is doing here...
Luke is a historian very concerned about getting it right...
But Luke here is giving a historically accurate and verifiable account of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus...
He says this at the beginning of this gospel...
- 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
All these things have been carefully investigated…he also says in
- 1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God
He’s giving us historical facts…and wants us to see the historical fact of the bodily resurrection of Jesus...
There are a number of ways he does that…I will try to go through them on the order they are found in this historical account...
Notice that the on the first day of the week…
After Jesus’ death and burial…the women went home and prepared spices and perfumes...
They were planning to show respect and honour the memory of Jesus...
But they had to wait…because of the Sabbath…
So when it was over they went to the tomb...
The tombs in the first century were not like graves today...
They were cut into a hillside and would usually have places for the whole family to be put when they died...
And what they did was out a big round stone in front of the entrance to the tomb...
And they came and found the stone rolled away...
But when they entered they did not find the body...
What they did find where two men in clothes that gleamed like lightening...
Isn’t it amazing angels announced Jesus’ birth at the beginning of this gospel
And here they are announcing his resurrection...
But here is proof that Jesus was raised from the dead...
Because the first people to here that Jesus was raised was women...
Why is that significant?
I little history lesson...
Women in 1st century culture had very low status...
In fact, their testimony was not admissible in court…both in Roman culture and Jewish culture...
Well, how does that help prove the resurrection?
Well, if you were going to right up a fake story about Jesus’ resurrection, the first people Jesus would have appeared to would not be women...
If you were writing a legend would not put women in the story...
Christian writers point out that in doing so, it would undermined the plausibility of the account...
The only reason why Luke would include women is if it really happened...
2. Historical names were given - you can go and ask them...
3. Jesus appeared to them in the upper room - not a ghost…I am not a symbol...
4. Jewish men worshiped a man - Keller highlights this...
-Jewish people would be the last people on earth to be open to the idea that a human being could be God...
-Their worldview was shattered...
-They could not even say the name of God out loud...
-Almost immediately they worshipped...
-The resurrection was preached as a
The resurrection is a shocking and transforming historical reality
Jesus is alive and that changes everything...
Illustration:
Apostle Paul
- 9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
Acts 9 ESV
But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ. When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him, but their plot became known to Saul. They were watching the gates day and night in order to kill him, but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket. And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. And when the brothers learned this, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.
9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
; Cor. 15:1-8
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
Cor. 15:1-8
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem
Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.
- 15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
Application:
15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, i and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
-What changed him?
He saw the Lord!
Application:
And so the question the angels asked the women at the empty tomb is powerful, back in verse 5...
Looking for life among the dead...
Isn’t that vivid description of everyone who does not know Christ?
Trying to find life among the things that bring death?
Because Jesus alive, true life is only found in him...
Talk about the first day of the week…how we are always remembering his resurrection…how it has changed our calendars
Isaiah 55:1–3 ESV
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
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- 55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
2. Historical names were given
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
- 37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
- 37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
True life is only found in Christ, because he is alive...
3. Jesus appeared to them in the upper room
4. Jewish men worshiped him...
2. All of Scripture is about Jesus (13-35)
Exposition:
One of the things in this story that gets me...
It the focus on
Look at verse 6…then the story on the road to Emmas…then the disciples...
Keller - “The Resurrection paired with cross makes the cross make sense and opens all of Scripture...
Jesus’ resurrection puts it all together…in light of the resurrection, the things Jesus said are not that crazy...
Think about the apostle Paul for a minute…at his conversion...
Carson in devotional book, For the Love of God…considers what Paul would have been thinking in the three days he was blind before Ananias came to him...
“What was Paul’s perspective before he was converted ()?
Elsewhere (; ; ) he tells us that he was a strict Pharisee, brought up (apparently) in Jerusalem, taught by one of the most renowned rabbis of the day.
For him, the notion of a crucified Messiah was a contradiction in terms. Messiahs rule, they triumph, they win.
The Law insists that those who hang on a tree are cursed by God. Surely, therefore, the insistence that Jesus is the Messiah is not only stupid, but verges on the blasphemous.
It might lead to political insurrection: the fledgling church was growing, and might become a dangerous block.
It had to be stopped; indeed, what was needed was a man of courage like Saul, a man like Phinehas who averted the wrath of God by his decisive action against the perverters of truth and probity (; see meditation for May 16), someone who really understood the implications of these wretched delusions and who saw where they would lead.
But now on the Damascus Road Saul meets the resurrected, glorified Jesus.
Whether he had seen him before we cannot be sure; that he sees him now, Saul cannot doubt. And a great deal of his theology, worked out and displayed in his letters, stems from that brute fact.
If Jesus were alive and glorified, then somehow his death on the cross did not prove he was damned.
Far from it: the claim of believers that God had raised him from the dead, and that they had seen him, must be true—and that could only mean that God had vindicated Jesus.
Then what on earth did his death mean?
From that vantage point, everything looked different.
If Jesus was under the curse of God when he died, yet was vindicated by God himself, he must have died for others.
Somehow his death absorbed the righteous curse of God that was due others and canceled it out.
n that light, the entire history of the Hebrew Scriptures looked different.
Was it not written that a Suffering Servant (see yesterday’s meditation) would be wounded for our transgressions and chastised for our iniquities?
Does the death of countless lambs and bulls really take away human sin? Or do we need, as it were, a human “lamb of God,” a human “Passover Lamb”?
If the tabernacle and temple rituals are read as pointing to the final solution, what does that say about the present status of the covenant enacted at Sinai?
What about scriptural texts that promise a new covenant, a great outpouring of the Spirit in the last days (; see and the meditation for July 15)?
What place does the promise to Abraham have in the scheme of things, that in Abraham’s offspring all the nations of the earth would be blessed (; see meditation for January 11)?
Grant that Jesus is alive and vindicated, and everything changes.
Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 1). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.
Jesus is the key to unlock the OT...
Jesus is the center of the OT…the key to unlock the OT...
And this is what Jesus reveals to them...
“Christ is Issac, the beloved son of the Father who was offered up as a sacrifice, but never the less d2
I think the obvious application is this...
Ask Jesus to reveal himself to you?
Application is this...
When you read the bible, when you teach, preach the bible…we must see how it all leads to understand or see Jesus...
Everything in the OT should be understood in light of Jesus…the bible is about him
Now notice that...
Jesus needed to be revealed...
Use Calvin quote...
What was taught in the OT?
Suffering then glory…38:00
Ask Jesus to reveal himself to you?
Illustration:
And look at how those two on the road of Emmas were changed...
Look at verse 17b…32-35...
Truth changes people…despair to joy...
Application:
Ask Jesus to reveal himself to you?
We see God’s patience…lets be patient with each other…how slow we have been...
God is patient while carrying out his plan...
Look at the hope the resurrection brings...
3. The resurrections gives us a clear mission (36-49)
Exposition: (45:00)
In Lukes account of the resurrection...
What happens when they realize Jesus is alive?
What do the women do?
What do the 2 travellers do?
What are the disciples going to do?
Testify to the resurrection...
But look at them…they were still terrified...
They were locked up in the room…as John points out...
How are these doubting men going to revolutionize the world?
It had to be an act of God to give them the gift of faith to the disciples…seeing isn’t necessarily believing...
It is an act of God…this is what conversion is like…you may see all the facts…but not get it.
But not only that...
Look what he says in verse 49...
The resurrection dominates the preaching in Acts...
The message of the death and resurrection will be preached...
Reality of the resurrection....and then commissions them...
Look into John’s account…the door was locked...
He is truly him and truly God...
They were not expecting a resurrection
Keller:
It had to be an act of God to give them the gift of faith to the disciples…seeing isn’t necessarily believing...
Resurrection gives hope for the future
It is an act of God…this is what conversion is like…you may see all the facts…but not get it.
Future is personal
Future is certain
Future is unimaginably wonderful
This is now disciples are made...
This is now disciples are made...
Ignorant
Enlightened
Become Witnesses
Application:
Use our freedom to be witnesses…not only fight for your freedom…use your freedom…because a day will come where will not have that freedom.
Are you now a witness?
We are witnesses about what we are excited about?
What were you excited about? What we talk about, right?
Out of the overflow of the heart, one speaks…
What are you excited about?
To deny the resurrection of Jesus is absolutely foolish! When you deny the resurrection, you literally have destroyed the Christian faith; there is nothing left to it! Paul knows the importance of the resurrection of Jesus and the dead, and he writes for precisely the same purpose. There were false teachers in the Corinthian church who were denying the resurrection from the dead.
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 
For a Christian to deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus after reading is completely asinine! For a Christian to say that they could call a person a Christian who denies the bodily resurrection of Jesus is absolutely absurd!
This is exactly what Paul is getting at here when he penned this section, and he gives us 13 reasons why it is absurd to deny the resurrection of the dead!
1) - Jesus has not been raised
Paul makes the bold claim here that if the dead in Christ are not raised, then not even Jesus has been raised. If Jesus has not been raised from the dead, then Jesus is not God and the Christian faith is not the Christian faith. The preaching and faith of Christians would be fake.
2) - Paul's preaching is in vain
If the dead are not raised, then Paul's preaching is in vain - meaning that his preaching is empty. Paul has not preached truth if Jesus has not been raised from the dead.
3) - Their faith is in vain
If the dead are not raised, then they have a faith that is useless - because if they have believed in a Jesus who has been raised from the dead and he has not, then that is an empty faith.
4) - They are liars
If they testified that Christ has been raised from the dead and he has not, then Paul is a false witness; he has lied about Jesus.
5) - Christ has not been raised
Paul says this again: if the dead are not raised, then Jesus has not been raised. Paul again here stresses the importance of the resurrection of the dead.
6) - Your faith is futile
Paul says this again, but he uses another word. If Christ has not been raised, then their faith is useless.
7) - You are still in your sins
If Jesus has not been raised from the dead, they still have the consequences of their sin upon them. They are still alienated from God, still under the bondage of sin, and still under the anger of God for their sin.
8) - Those who have died have perished
Those who have died before them have not been resurrected with Jesus, but are dead - and there is no hope for them.
9)   -We are pitied people
If we only have hope in this life, we are pitied. The word pitied means to be miserable or in a pathetic condition. This is what our culture has hope in: this earth, just this life. But if we only have hope in Christ in this life on earth, what kind of hope is that? It is no hope!
10) - Those who are Baptized in the dead
This is another one of those controversial verses - but at the end of the day, Baptism symbolizes a life that has been brought from death to new life in Christ. It is a symbol of the resurrection hope. If you have been baptized, then what is the point, if there is no resurrection from the dead?
11) - Danger
Paul has put his life at risk for the sake of the gospel, preaching and teaching the resurrection of Jesus. What would be the point of this, if the dead are not raised ?
12) - Die everyday
Paul has died to himself every day to do the work of ministry; if Jesus had not been raised, what would have been the point?
13) - Battle with Beasts
Paul has battled the evil forces of the Roman government and evil people while doing ministry. If Christ had not been raised, what is the point?
In conclusion, if the dead are not raised, then everything Paul has said here is true. Every CBOQ pastor who has preached the resurrection from the dead is a liar. Every Canadian Baptist has a futile useless faith that is absolutely pointless! But Paul boldly writes in : "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead!"
Therefore, because Jesus has been raised from the dead, we have a real, living and active faith. We are not pitied, but the most blessed. We have not perished, but have eternal life. We can face trials and tribulations in ministry!
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  
We in the CBOQ need to move away from the false view that love never corrects or calls out sin. But in fact, the most loving thing we can do with those who have strayed from the Biblical Faith is to rebuke, correct and exhort them in Biblical Christianity! Just as Paul says about love in , "It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth."
Talk about how Good Friday makes sense…
Jesus predicted his death - ; ;
But Resurrection Sunday is a little harder to make sense of...
Everyone in the Bible had no problem with the fact that Jesus died.
But it goes to great lengths to show that the resurrection of Jesus really happened.
All the people in these verses did not believe the women…
Peter wondered...
Those travelling to Emmaus…did not believe the women...
Even at the end of the story…look what Jesus asked them…in verse 38…41...
, Paul has to defend the belief in the resurrection as there were some who did not believe it.
The resurrection is to most unnatural one to wrap our brains around because it is so foreign to our experience...
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