I was given the privilege of preaching Easter Sunday at The Point. What an honour!! The best day of the year. The day of hope, victory, assurance. King Jesus is alive.
The passage I was given was Matthew 28:1-15.
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. 2 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. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 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.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
It is a very interesting passage with 2 main scenes. The first is the women at the empty tomb. The second is the Jewish leaders reaction to the empty tomb. I focused in on the first
As I prepared the structure that came out was a mixture of narrative and apologetics. I am constantly struck by the facts of the story – in one sense the plain fact that the tomb was empty, yet the supernatural element of an angel passing the message to the women and the appearance of Jesus is mind blowing.
The apologetic slant was borrowed from Tim Keller whose 3 Q reasonable people ask about the resurrection gave me some structure to the rest of the sermon.
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