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Matthew 28:1–20 NKJV
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. 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. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Pastor's little boy - "Jesus rose from the dead!" / "And then the bunny brings me candy"
Winston Churchill had planned his funeral, which took place in St Pauls Cathedral. He included many of the great hymns of the church and used the eloquent Anglican liturgy. At his direction, a bugler, positioned high in the dome of St Pauls’s, intoned, after the benediction, the sound of “taps”, the universal signal that says the day is over. But then came a dramatic turn; as Churchill instructed, after Taps was finished, another bugler, placed on the other side of the great dome, played the notes of “reveille” - “It’s time to get up, It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up in the morning”. That was Churchills testimony that at the end of history, the last note will not be “taps”, it will be “reveille”.
Everything about the resurrection is about giving us confidence for a kingdom life
in the physical all seems hopeless. Jesus is dead and buried.
Matthew 28:1–4 NKJV
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
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* We shall know His voice -
* Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God
Man’s best attempts to silence Jesus, lock him away by using man’s authority is swept away by one angel.
The disciples were rebuked by Jesus for disbelieving 3 testimonies of friends and others
The angel moves the stone and sits down with no regard to the soldiers.
Man’s best attempts to silence Jesus, lock him away by using man’s authority is swept away by one angel.
Some men’s hearts are so hardened that even after the angelic resurrection experience, they still were swayed by money and men.
John 20:11–18 NKJV
But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.
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God’s mercy is seen in Mary.
Whom are you seeking?
The crowd was seeking “Jesus of Nazareth”; looking for the man
Jesus power and identity and love was demonstrated before he gave himself into their hands
They sought Him with hatred and prejudice
Mary was looking for her Lord from a heart of love
She was the first to see him
Coming into the world he was embraced by virgin Mary, leaving this world he was embraced by forgiven and delivered Mary
Jesus was first embraced by Mary the virgin, welcoming the sinless lamb
Jesus often shows himself different from what we expect or others see, but the one thing we can depend upon is His voice (word)
Jesus was first embraced after the resurrection by Mary Magdalene, the one delivered, possibly a prostitute, demonstrating His mercy, forgiveness and power to change
Jesus often shows himself different from what we expect or others see,
Charles Price "Real Faith for Healing", Baptist pastor touched at Amy Semple McPherson mtg.
We shall know His voice -
The disciples were rebuked by Jesus for disbelieving the testimonies of friends and others
We shall know His voice -
Charles Price "Real Faith for Healing", Baptist pastor touched at Amy Semple McPherson mtg.
Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God
Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God
The crowd was seeking “Jesus of Nazareth”; looking for the man
Jesus power and identity and love was demonstrated before he gave himself into their hands
They sought Him with hatred and prejudice
Mary was looking for her Lord from a heart of love
She was the first to see him
Coming into the world he was embraced by virgin Mary, leaving this world he was embraced by forgiven and delivered Mary
The disciples were rebuked by Jesus for disbelieving the testimonies of friends and others
Mark 16:9–14 NKJV
Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.
When unsure or in doubt, we can depend upon is His voice (word)
We shall know His voice -
Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God
The resurrection confirms our belief and forgiveness in Jesus
Romans 1:3–4 NKJV
concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
Which is harder to say “your sins are forgiven” or to say “rise and walk?”
Romans 5:18 NKJV
Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Justification - Grk Relates to court of law and the act of acquitting or vindicating of someone
Jesus was vindicated as he was raised from the dead, confirming his words
we vindicate someone by setting the record straight
Lisa justifying John - toilet episode
Alan Barton Pvt 1st class in Vietnam. Killed by a land mine, he was inidentifyable and mistakenly was charged as a deserter. The family bore the shame for 13 yrs, father was retired army. Finally, the army rechecked the remains in Hawaii and were able to correctly identify him. He was awarded a purple heart and buried with full military honors.
Belief in the Resurrection is part of our salvation
The father who bore his son’s guilt to make him free
Belief in the Resurrection is part of our salvation
Romans 10:9 NKJV
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Ephesians 2:4–6 AMP
But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
Ephesians 2:5–6 NKJV
even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
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