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SCRIPTURE: Luke 24:1-12, 30-35
BACKGROUND: In Luke 24:1-12 the stone was rolled away, the body of Jesus was gone, and the women were perplexed. Why? Because they had forgotten God’s word. Today, angels do not come to remind us of His word; the Holy Spirit has that ministry (John 14:26). Yield to the Spirit and let Him remind you of the promises that will encourage your heart.
In Luke 24:13-35 those two men could have walked and talked for days and never gotten rid of their disappointment. Why? Because they lacked the key that unlocks the Old Testament: Messiah must suffer and die before entering His glory. Their hearts burned as they heard Him teach the Scriptures; and soon, the mourners became missionaries and shared the good news with others. Do you allow the Holy Spirit to teach you (John 16:13–15)?
In Luke 24:36-45 their hearts were troubled, frightened, and doubtful; yet the Lord lovingly reassured them with His word. We today cannot see or feel His body, but we have the Holy Spirit to make Him real to us from the Scriptures. When your heart is troubled or frightened, see Jesus in the Word (John 14:1–6). When your faith is weak, see Jesus in the Word (Romans 10:17). The first step toward peace is receiving God’s Word.
In Luke 24:46-53 God opens our eyes (verse 31) and opens our understanding (verse 45) so that when He opens the Scriptures to us (verses 27, 32), we may open our mouths and tell others about Him (verse 48). Jesus gives us the commission, the power, and the message. There is no reason to be silent! When we experience joyful worship (verses52–53), we will have little problem giving the world a joyful witness.
INTRODUCTION: What is the greatest message ever given to the world?
· We know how Christ DIED.
We have observed through looking into the Scriptural accounts of the crucifixion the final hours of the Savior as He hung upon the cross. Now He is dead. Because He was a Jew, it was important that His body be removed and placed in the tomb before sundown.
Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea gained permission to do so from Pilate. They placed His body into Joseph's new tomb. The stone was rolled into place to close the entrance of the tomb, and later a Roman seal was placed upon it and Roman soldiers were charged with guarding the entrance to the tomb.
· We know that Christ SAVED others.
Some said, “Can’t Jesus save Himself?” He performed mighty miracles for others, but now He lies there helpless in death. His disciples go about the streets, weeping and saying, "It is all over now. He is dead."
· We know Christ ROSE from the dead.
Death cannot hold Him! A tomb of stone cannot imprison the mighty Christ. Friday night goes by, Saturday goes by, and Sunday morning comes. In the early dawn some women who loved Him came to the tomb. To their great astonishment the stone had been rolled away.
· We know that Christ’s tomb was EMPTY.
These women rush into the tomb filled with fear that someone had defiled the grave of their Savior and stolen away His body. They found two angels with a very important message! It was the message of the empty tomb. "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee?"
· We know that is the GREATEST MESSAGE ever given.
Jesus Christ is living! Death could not hold Him! The tomb is empty and Jesus is alive! Over the next forty days He appeared in His resurrected body many times to His friends. Then He ascended into heaven and He is there today! We serve a risen Savior! We do not worship a dead God! He lives! Some skeptics may say prove it:
I. THE EMPTY TOMB. (Luke 24:1-12)
A. Eye witness accounts of the resurrection. (Luke 24:1-8)
(Luke 24:1-8) 1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8 And they remembered his words,
1. Christ appeared to Mary Magdalene, who thought He was the gardener (Mark 16:9).
2. Christ appeared to the other women (Matthew 28:9 3).
3. Christ appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:15).
4. Christ appeared to Simon Peter (1Corinthians 15:5).
5. Christ appeared to the disciples without Thomas (John 20:26).
6. Christ appeared to the eleven in the upper room (Luke 24:36).
7. Christ appeared at the sea of Galilee (John 21:1).
8. Christ appeared to the five hundred brethren (1Corinthians 15:7).
9. Christ appeared to James (1Corinthians 15:7).
10. Christ appeared to the eleven at His ascension (Luke 24:50).
INSIGHT: A huge number of people were eye-witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there can be no question about it!
B. The change in the lives of the disciples is another proof.
1. Before the resurrection they were scared to death of the Roman authorities.
2. Jesus found them huddled together in the upper room afraid for their lives.
3. But when they had seen that Jesus had conquered death they knew that He would never let them down.
4. They went out with a new boldness and power that couldn't be overcome with the threats of the authorities.
5. They knew the power of the resurrection and they changed their world proclaiming the message of the empty tomb!
C. The influence of Christ is proof of His resurrection. Note His influence on individuals:
1. Saul the murderer became Paul the preacher.
2. Simon Peter the profane Christ denier became Peter the proclaimer who saw thousands come to Christ because of the message.
3. Drunkards have become missionaries, and sinners have become servants all because of the resurrection power of Jesus Christ!
4. There is every proof in the world that Jesus Christ rose from the dead!
II. THE WOMEN’S TESTIMONY. (Luke 24:9-12)
(Luke 24:9-12) 9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. 12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
A. It teaches that all the claims Christ made are true.
1. Jesus claimed to be God...In His resurrection He proved that He was.
2. Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of prophecy...in His resurrection He proved that He was the Messiah who had power over life and death.
3. Jesus taught many strange and wonderful things...In His resurrection we see the fulfillment of these teachings.
(a) Jesus said destroy this temple and I will raise it up in three days.
(b) Jesus promised eternal life to those who would trust Him.
(c) Everything Jesus promised either HAS or WILL BE fulfilled!
B. It teaches us that we have a living Savior.
1. Go to the grave of Mohammed, of Confucius, of Buddha, and of every other religious leader and you must say "He is dead and here is where he is buried."
2. Go to the garden tomb and you can say along with the angel, "He is not here, He is risen."
3. We HAVE a living Savior:
(a). To help us bear life's burdens.
(b) To give us hope when all around us seems hopeless.
(c) To intercede for us before a righteous and holy God.
INSIGHT: There is the call of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
· The resurrection calls us out of sin.
Every Sunday is Easter to the born-again believer. Every Sunday reminds us that He is risen. Every day we are called upon to forsake and turn our backs upon sin
· The resurrection calls us into a life of love and service.
After Jesus rose from the dead He gave His church a world-wide command. They were to go everywhere proclaiming the good news of salvation through Him who had conquered death and the grave. We may not all preach, and we may not all go to some foreign field to minister to others, but we all are commanded to go and tell others about their wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ!
III. THE BURNING HEARTS. (Luke 24:30-35)
A. How Christ Ministered To The Grieving Disciples. (Luke 24:27-31)
(Luke 24:27) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
1. Jesus Christ took them to the Word of God and taught them. (Luke 24:27)
2. Jesus Christ opened their eyes that they might know Him. (Luke 24:28-31)
(Luke 24:28-31) 28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
a. Paul prayed that He might know Christ and the power of His resurrection.
b. When Jesus Christ took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, I wonder if these men saw the wounds in His hands.
B. With Their Hearts On Fire, They Were Changed Men! (Luke 24:32-35)
(Luke 24:32-35) 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? 33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
1. It changed their direction: they hurried back to Jerusalem.
2. It changed their message:
a. No longer did they moan about His death.
b. They proclaimed that Christ was alive!
3. It changed their attitude completely:
a. Christ lives!
b. “The Lord is risen indeed!”
c. Praise the Lord!
The Scars From Christ’s Crucifixion
By Philip Yancey
Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. -- John 20:27
· One detail in the Easter story has always intrigued me.
Why did Jesus keep the scars from His crucifixion? Presumably He could have had any resurrected body He wanted, and yet He chose one identifiable mainly by scars that could be seen and touched. Why?
· I believe the story of Easter would be incomplete without those scars on the hands, the feet, and the side of Jesus (John 20:27).
Human beings dream of pearly straight teeth and wrinkle-free skin and ideal body shapes. We dream of an unnatural state: the perfect body. But for Jesus Christ, being confined in a skeleton and human skin was the unnatural state. The scars are a permanent reminder of His days of confinement and suffering on planet Earth.
· From the perspective of heaven, those scars represent the most horrible event that has ever happened in the history of the universe.
Even that event, though, turned into a memory. Because of Easter, we can hope that the tears we shed, the struggles we endure, the emotional pain, the heartache over lost friends and loved ones -- all these will become memories, like Jesus’ scars.
Scars never completely go away, but neither do they hurt any longer. Someday we will have re-created bodies and a re-created heaven and earth (Revelation 21:4). We will have a new start, an Easter start.
Lord, for the hope
that the resurrection of Jesus
Brings -- for now and for eternity.
I put my trust in You today.
-- Adapted from Philip Yancey, March 27, 2016
CONCLUSION: Do you know the resurrection power of Jesus Christ?
· Have you personally accepted Christ’s finished work on Calvary as payment for your sin?
If you were to die, do you know for sure where you would spend eternity? You can know it today! My invitation to you is for you to come and receive Christ, will you do that?
· Perhaps the Lord is speaking to some today who have known the power of the resurrection in their lives, but have not walked with Christ for some time now.
Something happened, but no matter the reason or the situation, you can get back in a right relationship with Christ today! Will you humble yourself before God? He will forgive you and restore unto you the joy of your salvation.
· Maybe you are ready to surrender your life to serving the Lord Jesus Christ in some manner of full-time service. Make your commitment today.
If the Lord is dealing with your heart about anything, the invitation is for you!
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Christ’s resurrection is the guarantee of our resurrection.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook ( www.sermonnotebook.org ), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.
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