The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Investigating The Empty Tomb

November 21, 2016


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


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!




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 



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

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