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The Cross and The Resurrection
Upon arriving at the tomb of Jesus on the first day of the week, Mary was shocked at what she saw. The stone rolled away, the tomb empty, and the burial clothes lying alone. What had happened? Mary did not know. She sought the help of the disciples. This sermon looks at how Mary and the disciples come to know that Jesus is Risen.
What difference does the resurrection of Jesus make? If he is alive, what is he doing now? Ruling, interceding and waiting.
Following our series on Final Words from the Cross, this is the word beside the empty tomb. It is a word that opens Mary's eyes to the presence of Christ and transforms her life. It is her name: Mary. And the Good Shepherd knows our name and calls you by name. You are his.
As it has been said, a great story ends like it begins and the story of Passion Week is no different. Passion Week started with the Triumphal entry to Jerusalem and then suddenly turns dark with the betrayal, the false trial, the unjust scourging, the painful crucifixion, the death of the Messiah; faith is shattered and life seems hopeless. Death, hell, the grave, sin and Satan seem to be the winners. However, praise God the story didn’t end there because the final chapter of Passion Week is the resurrection! The story of Passion Week truly ends with Jesus making one final Journey to Jerusalem not a lamb but as a Lion, not riding on a gentle colt, a beast of burden, but riding on a white horse of victory, not as the King of the Jews but as King of kings and Lord of lords!
Luke 24:1-7 King James Version (KJV) 1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
Today, we consider Jesus' statement, "I am the resurrection and the life." As Jesus resurrects Lazarus from the dead, this is a pointer to his own resurrection from death on the cross. The implications of Easter are life altering and profound. How does the hope of the resurrection impact your life today?