The term "morning after" has a very unpleasant connotation, but think of the morning after the resurrection!
I. THE MORNING LIGHT, v.2We are children of the dawn. Let us walk in the light.A. God began Creation with light.II. THE MORNING NEWS, v. 7
B. In nature life depends on light.
C. John said Jesus was the light of men. John 1:4
D. Jesus said He was the light of the world. John 8:12
E. Sin is darkness.
F. Heaven is brightness.
G. How appropriate the resurrection at dawn!A. Once Jesus said, "Tell no man." Luke 8:56III. THE MORNING GLORY, v. 5
B. Now He says, "Go and tell!"
C. At first they hesitated, then responded eagerly.
Mark 16:10; Matthew 28:8; Luke 24:33-35; Acts 8:4
D. We, too, must go and tell eagerly. Acts 1:8; Luke 24:46-48; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15A. Moses' face shone with God's glory. Exodus 34:29
B. The temple was filled with a cloud of glory. I Kings 8:10
C. Jesus was transfigured gloriously. Luke 9:29
D. None compared to the radiance from the empty tomb.
E. None compared to the glory of the risen Christ.
F. Such a glory awaits us. 2 Corinthians 4:17; Revelation 21:23
People are keenly interested in the last words of famous men, the last works of famous writers, painters, and musicians, and in the last things of our religion.
I. THE LAST MYSTERY, v. 51What a blessed assurance that Jesus is risen, that we, too, shall rise, and that our labor for Him is not in vain.A. Birth is a mystery.II. THE LAST TRUMPET, v. 52
B. Life is a mystery.
C. Death is a mystery.
D. Life after death is the last mystery.A. The certainty of itIII. THE LAST ENEMY, vs. 55-57 and 15:25, 26
B. The finality of it
C. The result of itA. We don t win the victory ourselves.
B. God gives the victory.
C. God gives it through Christ.
D. We reflect it in life. Colossians 3:1; Romans 6:2-4
Paul said that when Jesus "led captivity captive," he gave gifts unto men. We may see those gifts here in the upper room.
I. HE BROUGHT PEACE FOR THEIR HEARTS, v. 19CONCLUSION:A. From the turmoil of fearII. HE BROUGHT PROOF FOR THEIR MINDS, v. 20
B. From the tyranny of doubt
C. From the terror of lonelinessA. The Risen One is the Crucified OneIII. HE BROUGHT PURPOSE FOR THEIR LIVES
B. Surprising One is the Familiar OneA. They shared His purpose, v. 21IV. HE BROUGHT POWER FOR THEIR SERVICE, v. 22
B. They ministered His grace, v. 23A. It was more than the power of a great intellect.
B. It was more than the power of a determined heart.
C. It was more than the power of complete dedication.
D. It was more than the power of wealth or arms.
E. It was the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
The amazing appearance of the angels at the tomb gave the women something to think about. They were compelled to look at three things.
I. LOOK AT YOURSELVES, vs. 5,6The church has the promise, in the light of the resurrection, that Jesus goes ahead of us wherever we must go.A. This is not a time for fear.II. LOOK AT THE FACTS, v. 6
B. This is not a time for surprise.A. Christianity is a faith based on fact.III. LOOK TOWARD THE FUTURE, v. 7
B. Christianity is a faith that invites examination.A. Hope is ahead.
B. Work is ahead.
C. Christ is ahead.
Peter knew the Lord was risen but did not know the Lord still had a ministry for him. When the risen Lord talked to Peter by the sea, He emphasized that Peter could be restored to a place of usefulness.
I. PETER WAS CALLED TO A MINISTRY OF LOVE, vs. 15-17Though there were times when Peter had let his Lord down, ultimately he fulfilled his ministry. He was able to be restored because Christ was risen.A. Love is a test of commitment.II. PETER WAS CALLED TO A MINISTRY OF SERVICE, vs. 15-17
B. Love is the motive of ministry.A. Feed the flock.III. PETER WAS CALLED TO A MINISTRY OF SACRIFICE, vs. 18, 19
B. Protect the flock.
C. Guide the flock.A. Duty glorifies God.
B. Death glorifies God.
C. Discipleship glorifies God.
The question we see in our text is the oldest question of man. In examining Job's confrontation with this question in Chapter 14, what do we learn of life after death?
I. MAN DESIRES ITThe conclusion of the matter is found in Job 19:25-27 when Job confidently affirms, "I will see him."A. Because life is difficult, vs. 1, 2II. NATURE SUGGESTS IT
B. Because life is short, vs. 1, 2
C. Because he longs to be with God, vs. 13, 14A. The tree is reproduced. vs. 7-10III. LOVE DEMANDS IT
B. The water is recycled. vs. 11, 12
C. The man ought to be resurrected.A. The love that created us, v. 15
B. The love that called us, v. 15
C. The love that converted us, vs. 16, 17
INTRODUCTION:A. James S. Stewart says we are living on the wrong side of "Easter."
B. We have fifty-two "Easters" every year - we are a creation of "Easter."
I. WE NEED LESS MOURNING AND MORE CELEBRATIONA. Our leader lives.II. WE NEED LESS FEAR AND MORE CONFIDENCE
B. Our cause is true.
C. We shall live, also.A. Can sin harm us?III. WE NEED LESS APATHY AND MORE COMMITMENT
B. Is there more to life?
C. Can death harm us?A. This truth is the best news in the world.CONCLUSION:
B. This truth is essential.
C. This truth must be told to all.We are facing the most unbelievable, yet most important, fact of history.
When Christ rose from the dead as the firstfruit of many others, He allowed us to exchange uncertainties for certainties.
I. WHEN, NOT lF. vs. 50-52Who would not want to make this exchange? Everyone has that opportunity. All can exchange defeat for victory.A. The certainty of deathII. MUST, NOT M1GHT. v. 53
B. The certainty of the day of the LordA. Job had this confidence (Job 19:25-27)III. ETERNAL, NOT MORTAL. v. 53
B. Jesus had this confidence (John 16:16, 17, 28, 29)
C. Paul had this confidence (2 Corinthians 5:1)A. We are more than flesh and bloodIV. LIFE, NOT DEATH. vs. 54-57
B. We are meant for heaven not earth
C. We are made for eternity not timeA. Life transforms deathV. VICTORY, NOT DEFEAT. vs. 54-57
B. Life transcends death
C. Life triumphs over deathA. Christ won the victory for us
B. The Father gives the victory to us
This is a comforting text. It consoles us to know that the disciples, like us, did not always understand. We are reassured that we don't have to understand everything to be a disciple.
I. HOW CAN THE KINGDOM BE ADVANCED BY A CROSS?Often we believe what we cannot understand. It is not understanding that saves us. It is faith.A. lt is contrary to common sense.II. HOW CAN MEN BE SO CRUEL TO CHRIST?
B. It is contrary to history.
C. lt is contrary to our experience.
D. It is compatible with prophecy.
E. It is compatible with the nature of Christ.A. He deserves a medal, not mocking.III. HOW CAN A GOOD MAN SUFFER?
B. It shows how far evil will go.
C. It shows how much love will endure.A. The question is as old as the book of Job.IV. HOW CAN DEATH BE OVERCOME?
B. The question is as fresh as your present pain.
C. The experience of Christ reassures us.
D. The experience of Christ comforts us.
E. The experience of Christ strengthens us.A. Human observation argues against it.
B. Human intuition argues for it.
C. Christ's resurrection settles it.
There is always the danger that our preoccupation with the day may distract us from the Divine Christ in whose honor the day is kept.
I. THE INESCAPABLE CHRIST, vs. 15, 16Christ is never very far from us; but we must let Him into our lives. He will never force himself upon us.A. The sealed door of the tomb could not keep Him in.II. THE INDISPENSABLE CHRIST, vs. 21-26
B. The locked door of the Upper Room could not keep Him out.
C. He still breaks through barriers to come to us.
D. He is still the Unrecognized Presence.A. In Him alone we have hope.III. THE INCENDIARY CHRIST, v. 32
B. He alone fulfills prophecy.
C. He alone gives assurance of life hereafter.A. He lights the fires of faith. John 20:30, 31
B. He rekindles the fires of commitment.
C. He fans the flames of service.
The Bible names many impossible things (Hebrews 6:18; 11:6). The most touching impossibility is here: that Christ should be conquered by death. The resurrection was inevitable.
I. IT WAS INEVITABLE BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS SAIDCONCLUSION:A. John 2:19II. IT WAS INEVITABLE BECAUSE OF WHO JESUS WAS
B. Matthew 16:21
C. Matthew 17:22, 23
D. Mark 14:27,28A. Acts 2:33-36III. IT WAS INEVITABLE BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH HIM
B. In Him was life. John 1:4
C. He was the resurrection. John 11:25
D. He was before Abraham. John 8:58
E. Psalm 16:8-11A. Acts 2:22IV. IT WAS INEVITABLE BECAUSE OF THE CONSEQUENCES IF HE HAD NOT
B. John 5:17-30
C. John 10:15-18A. The universe would disintegrate. Colossians 1:17
B. There would be no future. 1 Corinthians 15:12-19
C. There would be no forgiveness. 1 Corinthians 15:17
D. There would be no faith. 1 Corinthians 15:14-17
When the New Testament quotes the Old, we must pay attention. In this text, it is Jesus himself who is quoting. Again, we must pay attention.
I. MAN'S REJECTIONCONCLUSION:A. Prophesied beforehandII. GOD S RESURRECTION
B. Even now in preparation, v. 46
C. Eventually carried out
D. Everlastingly punished, v. 43, 44A. God is wiser than man.III. OUR RESPONSE
B. God is more powerful than death.
C. God is too loving not to intervene.
D. God always announces in advance His mightiest acts.A. It is marvelous in our eyes.
B. We must do more than marvel; we must believe.
C. We must do more than believe; we must worship.
D. We must do more than worship; we must serve.
Bible students say there were three temples in Jerusatem: one built by Solomon, one by Ezra, and one by Nehemiah. There was a fourth. It was built by a carpenter from Nazareth named Jesus.
I. THE CENTER OF OUR RELIGION, v. 21CONCLUSION:A. lt is Christ.II. THE CERTAINTY OF OUR RELIGION, v. 19
B. It is not a nation, Israel.
C. It is not a place, Jerusalem.
D. It is not a building, the temple.
E. We still face the temptation to limit our religion to certain nations, places, and buildings.A. It is based on the resurrection of Jesus.III. THE CELEBRATION OF OUR RELIGION, v. 22
B. It is based on fulfilled predictions jesus made.
C. It is fact, not fiction.
D. It is objective, not subjective.A. It is a celebration of remembrance.
B. It is a celebration of faith.
C. It is a celebration of Scripture.
D. It is a personal fellowship with a present and living Lord.
Peter received a knock on the door, and heard news that changed his life. The news was the answer to all his hopes. Did Jesus really rise?
I. HE WAS COMPELLED BY THE POSSIBILITY, vs. 2-4The proof of the resurrection is not just the empty tomb; it is the living Lord.A. Job suggested it. Job 14:14II. HE WAS CONFRONTED WITH THE EVIDENCE, vs. 5-9
B. David believed it. Psalm 16:9, 10
C. Jesus promised it. Matthew 16:21
D. The heart desires it.A. The evidence of what was thereIII. HE WAS CONVINCED BY THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, vs. 19, 20
B. The evidence of what was not there
C. The testimony of the Women
D. The testimony of ScriptureA. His doubt was replaced by faith.
B. His fear was replaced by courage.
C. His sadness was replaced by joy.
Going from Jerusalem to Emmaus, the disciples were literally heading west, literally facing the sunset. After their encounter with Christ, they turned around and went back to Jerusalem, facing east, facing the dawn.
Until Christ rose from the dead, all humanity faced west, faced the sunset. Now, like them, we may turn about and face east, facing the dawn.
I. IT MEANT THE DAWNING OF A NEW DAY.CONCLUSION:A. Literally, it was a new day. Was it by chance that He arose in the morning? Perhaps, and yet the poet in us finds it fitting.II. IT MEANT THE LEARNING OF A NEW LESSON.
B. For the disciples, it was a new day.1. They go from hiding behind closed doors to striding across the world with the gospel.C. For us, it was a new day.
2. They go from huddling together in despair to scattering everywhere in joyous evangelism.
3. They go from weeping over a lost cause to shouting over a wonderful victory!1. The resurrection bespeaks continuing victories.
2. As some flowers grow best when placed to get the morning sun, so churches grow best when facing the dawn!
3. The world's misery, gloom, and despair give way to new hope and joy.A. God's plan included redemptive suffering.III. IT MEANT THE CONFIRMING OF AN OLD HOPE.
B. God's plan can never be thwarted.
C. God's plan is advanced by the very things that seem to defeat it.
D. Our lives are a part of God's plan.A. It is mankind's oldest hope.
B. It is mankind's most universal hope. You read about it in the Psalms and the book of Job, in Plato and in Socrates, in Tennyson and Churchill.
C. Without the resurrection, it is mankind's most fragile hope.
D. With the resurrection, it is mankind's most virile hope.
We like to take texts and reset them in our own time and place. So when God says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love," we think of ourselves. When Jesus looks into the eyes of Peter and says, "Do you love me?" He seems to look into our eyes as well.
This is a very good thing to do with a text; but it will not work with this text: "He is not here!" For He is here! Matthew 28:6 can never be translated into our day because Matthew 28:20 turns it around!
I. THE NEGATIVE IS TURNED TO A POSITIVE.CONCLUSION:A. You can't build your life on negatives.II. THE END IS TURNED INTO A BEGINNING.
B. The fact that the tomb was empty is only half of the story.
C. It is not just the empty tomb, but the filled hearts of men that spell victory.A. Pilate and the chief priests thought they had written a conclusion to the story of Christ when, in fact, they had only written an introduction.III. THE DARKNESS IS TURNED INTO LIGHT.
B. The pagan world hunted out the Christians and thought their persecution would end world evangelism. It only accelerated it.
C. The conclusion to the story of Christ can never be written, for it has no conclusion.
D. If your life is entwined with Christ's, your life will never have a conclusion!A. The darkness of the tomb gives way to the brilliance of His appearing.
B. The darkness of night gives way to the brightness of dawning.
C. The darkness of sin gives way to the beauty of forgiveness.
D. The darkness of despair gives way to the glory of hope.
Why Pilate's choice of words? Does he half believe that they couldn't make it secure?
I. MAKING THE TOMB SECURECONCLUSION: It is futile to try to make your life or your future secure by yourself. Even if you make it as secure as you can, it is not safe. The only security is in the victorious, resurrected Christ!A. It was impossible when the tomb held the body of the Lord of life. (Acts 2:24)II. MAKING YOUR LIFE SECURE
B. It was impossible so long as God was on His throne.
C. It was impossible so long as there was justice in the universe.A. It is not possible to do it with money.III. MAKING YOUR FUTURE SECURE
B. It is not possible to do it with health.
C. It is not possible to do it with fame.
D. It is not possible to do it with family.
E. It is not possible to do it with armed guards.
F. It is only possible with Christ.A. Future means more than life here on earth.
B. Future means more than death. It refers to that which lies beyond death.
C. Without Christ there is no certainty regarding eternity.
D. With Christ there is complete certainty regarding eternity.