The Power Of The Resurrection (John 19:41-20:18)Simon Schrock, April 5, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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The fact of the resurrection is central to the Christian faith! It gives hope to the Christian and offers victory over sin and death!
For everything that is meaningful to the Christian, Satan has his counterfeit or “distraction” as seen in our culture’s focus on the Easter bunny, colored eggs, and new clothes.
Simon read from John 19:41-20:18. The events of the crucifixion devastated the followers of Jesus! We can see “the whole picture” as we look back on this story, but Christ’s disciples couldn’t. The cross seemed like “the end” to them.
The cross is often used as a symbol of the Christian faith. Simon suggested that the empty tomb might be a better symbol. The resurrection is the part of the salvation story that makes it “The Good News.” How did Jesus get out of the tomb? There are at least ten Scripture verses that say, “God raised Him up.” In the account of Matthew, it says that the angel of the Lord came down from Heaven and rolled away the stone. With the stone rolled away, people could see that the tomb was empty!
The preaching of the resurrection is what got the disciples in trouble with the authorities. They were witnesses of the resurrection and that fact, plus the infilling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, made that they lived their Christian lives in the power of the resurrection. We, too, should remember that this same power that raised up Jesus from the dead will give us life and victory over sin and death.
How am I affected by the resurrection? For one thing, I realize I am what I am by the grace of God! He has washed me, He has justified me, He has sanctified me or set me apart for His purpose and glory! He has given me the power to live and walk in the Spirit. I have a free conscience, and have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. I am not afraid to die. I know that this life is not “all there is,” but that there is an eternity ahead! I am keeping my focus on what is eternal, (Colossians 3:1) because I want to be ready for that final resurrection when we will experience the power of the resurrection in a new way with new bodies, dwelling with our risen Savior forever! I praise God for this hope!
41Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 3Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 10Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 11But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 14And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 18Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. (KJV)