This is an excellent overview of the Easter story that is good for preaching on Easter Sunday or for teaching about what happened on Easter Sunday or on Resurrection Day as it is called by some.
The reality of the resurrection is clearly outlined in Matthew 28:1-10 with special emphasis on Matthew 28:6.
“He is not here. He is risen. Just as He said.”
The reality of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is not only that it happened, but it had to happen. Jesus came into the world to die. His calling in life was to die. He was born to die. He was born to die and rise again according to God’s plan of redemption.
The reality of the resurrection is that the scriptures might be fulfilled. All the way through the Old Testament, the death, burial and resurrection were predicted. All the way through the New Testament, the resurrection is a focus point. All four gospel writers give full attention to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 28, in Mark 16, in Luke 24 and in John 20, the resurrection is told in detail.
Jesus even predicted His own death and His own resurrection. He stated all along that he would die and rise again. In Matthew 20:17-19, Jesus told His disciples precisely what would happen.
The reality of the resurrection is that if Jesus has not risen from the dead, he would be no different from others who had died. Other religious leaders and prophets died and are still dead. Jesus died, yet He lives. Our salvation is based not on the reality that Jesus died but on the reality that he arose from the dead and is still alive!
The reality of the resurrection should be important TO us because the resurrection was FOR us and not for Jesus. Jesus was already at home with His father. God saw we needed a savior. So God wrapped Himself in flesh and put Himself in the womb of a woman to die for our sins.
Several things are noteworthy concerning the resurrection:
- Jesus said He would die and be raised from the dead in three days. We can therefore, be confidence that Jesus is a promise keeper. Since he kept that promise, He will keep other promises too.
- The resurrection ensures that Jesus’ death was God’s plan. It is a major factor in our redemption and salvation.
- Jesus’ resurrection proves He was indeed the Son of God; not a false prophet or imposter.
- The resurrection gives us the assurance that we will also be resurrected. Jesus said , “If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me.” We will die and we will rise again.
- The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to keep us empowered.
- The resurrection proves we have a Savior. Therefore, we can believe the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- The resurrection of Jesus is the Christian witness to the world since Jesus did appear to many people after His resurrection.
When we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we are also celebrating our own salvation. While Jesus was alive he was only accessible only to those in His midst. He had to die and go back to his Father so He could be in the heart of every Christian.
The reality of the resurrection is simple for those who have faith to believe.
Jesus died. Jesus was buried. God raised Jesus from the dead. “He is not here. He is risen. Just as He said.”
[This is a teaching from The Way of Life Bible Institute in Richmond, VA. SUBSCRIBE above for other teachings.]