The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Investigating The Empty Tomb

November 21, 2016

Summary

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Investigating The Empty Tomb

Preached on 20161120

By Pastor Bryan Walker

John 20:1-18 ESV 

First Day of the Week

  • Christians gather on the first day of the week.
  • What does the resurrection of Christ mean for us?

 

  • Mary Magdalene
    • Cast out 7 demons
    • Described as a sinner
  • Peter & ? John, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb”
    • NOT, He has risen
  • “We do not know where they have laid him”

 

  • Contradiction?
    • What about the other women?
      • “we” do not know…
    • Timeline, confusing to harmonize but no contradiction

 

  • Peter & John running…
    • Why were they running?
    • To gain proof of a resurrection?
      • I don’t think so
    • To verify the tomb was empty?
  • Why, would someone still a body?
    • Grave robbers would steal artifacts & possessions
  • Who had motive?
    • Would the Romans or the Priests want to steal the body? No
  • Did the disciples have motive?
    • They were told of the resurrection
    • They didn’t believe it
    • They would have fought back
      • They scattered and hid
    • Could the disciples steal the body?
      • Tomb was sealed
      • Under Roman guard
      • While the guards were sleeping?
        • Rolled away the stone
        • Unwrapped the body
          • Why unwrap the body?
          • The time it takes to unwrap a body?
          • At night, in a dark tomb?
        • What would they bribe the guards with?
        • How much money is a guard’s life worth?
      • What would happen to the guards?
      • Today, if a military troop, was told to guard something…
        • If he fell asleep
        • If the item was missing
        • What would happen to him? Today!
        • It would NOT be a slap on the wrist.
        • What about then?

 

(8)  Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

 

  • Believed what?
    • Believed the resurrection?
    • Believed the body was stolen?
      • Flip & Flop???
    • Why, Yes, He believed. Grave clothes
      • Written afterwards, believe, most likely means…
    • Why, No…

John 20:9 ESV  for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

 

  • Interesting ### The men leave — Jesus appears to the women
    • The women told them — they still didn’t believe
      • Eat this fruit it’s good – “sure”
      • Jesus has risen – “No way, you’re crazy”
    • Interesting how he appeared to women first

 

  • Did the men believe?

 

Mark 16:14 ESV 

  • Well… They believe now!  But, receive a rebuke

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Mary Magdalene

  • The angel said “Woman, why are you weeping?”
  • Jesus, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
    • Notice she doesn’t recognize Him
  • Two on the road to Emmaus – don’t recognize him
  • They were at the table – “he took the bread and blessed and broke it”
    • Luk 24:31 And their eyes were opened
  • Joh 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
    • She said, “Rabboni!”
    • Her eyes were opened
  • Jesus chooses who he will reveal himself to
    • Notice, he was standing with her
    • He walked with the disciples on the road
    • They all knew him intimately
  • Why, Mary?
  • He could have appeared to Pilate
  • He could have appeared to the High Priests
  • He could have appeared to everyone
  • But he didn’t… Why???

1 Corinthians 1:21 ESV 

Matthew 11:25-27 ESV 

Why, does he “do” one thing?

Why does he NOT do another thing?

 

  “for such was your gracious will.”

 

“Rabboni!”, When does anyone call Jesus, Jesus?  Always a title!

 

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What does the RESURRECTION mean to us?

 

  1. The future glorified body!
  2. No more corruption!
  3. No more death

 

  • When we die, our body goes into the ground
    • It decays
    • It turns back into dirt
  • Our spirit goes to be with the Lord

 

2 Corinthians 5:8 ESV 

 

Philippians 1:23 ESV 

 

  • The body is in the ground!
  • BUT! there is a body resurrection

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13 ESV 

 

  • We are not to grieve like the unbelievers
  • We have HOPE
  • The resurrection of Christ is our HOPE

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16 ESV  (16) 

 

1 Corinthians 15:21-23 ESV 

 

All who are born in Adam die – everyone

All who are born in Christ (Born Again) – “made alive”

How are you born again?  1 Peter 1:3

1 Peter 1:3 ESV 

 

Resurrection Order

  1. Jesus Christ
  2. Those who belong to Christ
    1. Dead bodies risen
    2. Those who are alive will be changed

 

1 Corinthians 15:50-55 ESV 

 

 

Luke 20:36 ESV 

Joh_11:25 

 

What must I do?  Repent and believe.

 

Sermon preached by Pastor Bryan Walker

One Way Christian Center

A Reformed Baptist Church, in Olustee Oklahoma

Olustee is about 12-15 miles from Altus and Altus Air Force Base

Our service times are Wed @7 and Sun @1030

www.onewaychristiancenter.com


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