Easter Sermon Series ~ Station Nine: The Resurrection

Station Nine: The Resurrection

Matthew 28:1-10 ~ “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. 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. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 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.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.””

 

The Miraculous Events of the Resurrection:

  • There was the “great earthquake.” Nothing more is said, only that it was great. The earthquake symbolized that a historical convulsion was taking place, an event that never before had happened: a man was rising from the dead, the man Christ Jesus, the Son of God Himself. Tragically He had been put to death by the hands of men, but gloriously He was being raised from the dead by the power of God (Romans 1:4; 1:19-20). The historical event was a picture of the unbelievable convulsion that God was planning for the end time: the resurrection of all the dead. The resurrection of God’s dear Son paved the way and prefigured the resurrection of all men. History was witnessing the most convulsive event of all time; the quaking of the earth was bound to happen.
  • There was the great stone rolled back. The stone was not rolled back for the benefit of Christ, but for the witnesses to the resurrection. When Christ arose, He was in His resurrection body, the body of the spiritual dimension of being which has no physical bounds. But the witnesses needed to enter the tomb and see the truth.
  • There was the radiant figure, the angel of the Lord. Note two facts about the angel.
    • He rolled back the stone for the sake of the witnesses. He was a ministering spirit of God’s, serving by helping God’s people.
    • His appearance was dazzling:
      • just like lightning—visible, quick, startling, striking, frightening, brilliant.
      • just like snow—white, pure, glistening.
    • There were the guards and their terror. Matthew seems to indicate that the guards witnessed the flashing appearance of the angel and the rolling back of the stone. The suddenness of the event, the brilliant appearance and the enormous strength of the angel were like a volcanic eruption to them. They quaked, shook, and fell as dead men to the ground. They were either striken unconscious or were so terrified they pretended to be unconscious.

 

The appeals of the resurrection are a message within themselves:

  • God knows the person who is seeking after the Messiah. He knows the movement of every heart. The person who seeks diligently shall find (Matthew 7:7).
  • Christ has been crucified to save every man.
  • Christ has now risen from the dead and conquered death.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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