“Jesus and the Resurrection” out of Matthew 27:57-28:10 was preached on October 21st, 2012 by Pastor Brett Baggett at the worship gathering of Ekklesia Muskogee. Week #41 in Ekklesia’s The King and His Cross sermon series.
Tim Keller has rightly said, “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.” The biblical, circumstantial, and historical evidence of Jesus’ resurrection is overwhelming. In fact, given the evidence, it is a bigger leap of faith to deny the resurrection of Jesus than to believe in it. So, what if the resurrection happened? What does the resurrection prove? It proves just this: 1) Jesus is who he claimed to be, namely God- “I am the way and the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6), “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9), 2) Jesus accomplished what he said he died to accomplish, namely the salvation of many sinners by his sacrifice in their place- “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
The results of Jesus’ resurrection are profound- they change everything! For those of us who trust Jesus, His resurrection promises 1) a Savior who can never die again, 2) our New Birth, 3) ourJustification, and 4) our Resurrection from death to eternal life with Jesus.
Because Jesus is alive we will be given new, glorified bodies. Physical disabilities? gone. The lame will run and not grow weary. The deaf will hear Jesus’ sing over them. The blind will see the glory of the Lord shining in full force. The mute will sing praises to their Savior for what he has done. We will never get sick. Cancer? gone. AIDS? gone. The common cold? gone. We will never be depressed, wallow in guilt or shame, feel fear, shrink back like a coward, or mistreat anyone. We will never again sin- not even be tempted. We will live as we are created to live- with Jesus as King. We will see things more glorious than we have ever seen, taste things sweeter than we have ever tasted, smell things more intriguing than we have ever smelled, feel things more satisfying that we have ever felt, and hear things more beautiful that we have ever heard. We will see and savor Jesus fully and be eternally joyful and satisfied in him.
57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.
28 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.”
Q1. Was there anything from Sunday’s sermon or the big idea that was new to you or had an affect on you? Did you hear anything that raised more questions in your mind?
Q2. What evidence of Jesus’ resurrection is most compelling to you and why?
We live in the already, but not yet. Jesus has already won our salvation and we are promised a future resurrection, but we are not yet there. Though it is a fight that is already won by Jesus, we are not yet free from the effects of sin in our everyday lives. We still live in the flesh and do battle with sin, depression, failure, pride, anger, lust, disabilities, inabilities, apathy, greed, self-righteousness, and so on.
Q3. In light of the not yet state that we currently live in,what are some things that most excite you about our future resurrection when the already becomes reality? How does hope in our future resurrection give us hope when we’re in our current battles?
Q4. What are some tangible ways that we can constantly remind ourselves of the hope that we have because Jesus’ is alive? Brainstorm and help think of creative ways to preach the gospel to yourself and others every day.
“There we will see His face and never, never sin; there from the rivers of His grace drink endless pleasures in.” – Isaac Watts
Glory to Jesus! He is alive! Amen.