Radiant Church, January 6, 2019 Mike Rydman Mark 16 Mark 16:1-6 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, And Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back – it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Jesus had said at least three times that He would rise from the dead (Mark 8-9) Why didn’t the disciples at least go and check it out themselves? Mark 16:7-8 “But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Why is Peter mentioned separately? Mark got his info from Peter Peter had been the one who lied 3 times about knowing Jesus Mark wanted us to see that no one is beyond redemption Mark wants to leave us astonished at the empty grave [[Mark 16:9-20 Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to May Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had ben with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Afterward, he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover. So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]] Why is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead such a big deal? The resurrection proved the validity of God’s covenant promises and Christ’s claims about Himself and the truth of all that He said. The angel emphasized this at the open tomb, and Peter reiterated it on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:30–32). The resurrection is the everlasting guarantee of the forgiveness of our sins (1 Corinthians 15:17). Our trust is not in myths or self-induced beliefs, in idols or even our good works, but in the true and proven facts of Jesus in the gospel. Romans 4:24-25 says it will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. When Jesus was raised from the dead this was God’s approval of Christ’s work of suffering and dying for our sins, that his work was completed. The penalty had been paid in full. We have been fully justified in and by Jesus. We are now worthy and acceptable. The resurrection is also the guarantee of the certainty of future resurrection of all mankind—those who believe to everlasting life and those who do not believe to everlasting condemnation (John 5:28–29). Future judgment is also certain because the Judge has been raised himself from the dead (Acts 17:31). The resurrection also has significance in relation to the life of all believers in providing power for his service and relationship to our risen Lord (Eph 1:19–20), and assuring us of Jesus as our sympathetic High Priest (Heb 4:14–16). Romans 6:10-14 for the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Focus in. Jesus is the hero and the continuing solution to our lives. He has removed the power and dominion of sin from over us. We are now free to reject the sin that still resides in us. 1 Corinthians 15:58 therefore my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. Focus out. The resurrection of Jesus gives us that same power to radiate and represent him, to tell other people that our Lord is alive and active. We can trust in the power of God to use us and work through us, way beyond our own fears and capabilities. Colossians 3:1-4 if then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Focus up. We serve a risen Savior. And we look forward to the day we will be with him, face to face, forever. There is no sin that God cannot forgive There is no life so messed up that God cannot repair There is no estrangement from God that he cannot eliminate We serve a Risen Savior! And his resurrection from death is what gives power and validity and hope to the gospel, and to our faith.