7745 - His Resurrection

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What an amazing experience it must have been to visit the tomb of Jesus to honor him after his death, only to find it empty.

In our last study together we examined the events occurring in the burial of Jesus.

The events of our study today took place three days later, surrounding the resurrection of Jesus.

Let me read Luke 24:1-8:

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: `The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"

Then they remembered his words.

Matthew tells us that there was a great earthquake in the morning as an angel came and rolled away the stone.

These women had made preparation of spices and perfumes prior to the Sabbath, with which they had planned to anoint the body of Jesus after the Sabbath. They arrived early in the morning and the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

Upon entering they were surprised not to find the body of Jesus. However, two men in dazzling apparel were present, and this made them afraid.

The angels assured these ladies that Jesus had risen. He was no longer dead. They asked the ladies why they were surprised by all this since Jesus had told his followers in Galilee that he must suffer in Jerusalem, that he would be killed, and on the third day he would rise again. This should have been no surprise. They said, “Jesus was alive, so do not seek the living among the dead in the tombs.”

The angels told these women to go and tell his disciples that Jesus has risen. The grave could not hold him.

Did you notice, the Scriptures did not tell us when Jesus arose. There is no description of this most amazing event. We have no way of knowing precisely when Jesus left the tomb.

We have confidence he did not require the stone to be rolled back in order for him to exit the tomb. This is demonstrated when on the evening of the same day he entered the room where the disciples were, even though the door was shut. We see that in his spiritual body he was not limited by the physical, material realm.

After the conversation between the women and the angels the women remembered that Jesus had indeed told them what was going to transpire there in Jerusalem, and one of his points of emphasis was that he would rise on the third day.

It is not so important when Jesus rose from the dead. It is extremely important that he did rise from the dead.

Scripture relates (Mt. 28:11-15) that the guards who were posted to guard the tomb came to the chief priest and related the amazing things that had taken place. Then the counsel bribed the guards to say that His disciples came at night and stole the body while they slept. This is the source of some of the doubtful ideas which have been passed on through history.

But Christianity rightfully claims an empty tomb for its founder, not because his body was stolen but because death could not hold Jesus. Christianity stands or falls on the validity of the resurrection. This is the crowning event which validates all the words Jesus spoke, all the miracles He performed, and the purity of a sinless life.

The resurrection of Jesus is a fact of history. Even secular authors have written about the truth of his resurrection.

The act of resurrection was the final event to give proof of his divinity. Romans (1:4) tells us that Jesus Christ our Lord, through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead.

We too will experience resurrection. When the Lord gives the command the dead in Christ will rise first, then those who are still alive will be caught up with them to meet the Lord in the air. What a great day of resurrection awaits us. (Rom. 6:5; 1Thes. 4:16-17).