Encountering The Empty Tomb _amp; A Risen Savior

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					                    Encountering The Empty Tomb & A Risen Savior
                                                                                      Tony Walsh, Easter Sunday 2010
The resurrection was the beginning & assurance of new life, for the people of God, in the Kingdom of God.
New life as begun, the fullness of it yet to come.

Some of you feel as though your life is flat, empty, & without significance. Just a glimpse of the Risen
Christ, through the eyes of faith, can change you forever!

John Piper has described the Resurrection as portrayed in Mt.28, as “a window that opens onto the sunrise
glory of the risen Christ!”

May God miraculously pull back the blinds for everyone here today, that we may see the life orienting
beauty & glory of the risen Lord!

The Events Of Easter Morning
         A Harmony of the Gospel Accounts:

   A. Death & Burial:

            “What immediately becomes clear is that the rolling back of the stone, the appearance of the angel, and the
            removal of the soldiers were not to let the risen Messiah escape ( as if stones and sentries could hold Him)
            but to let the first witnesses in.” D.A. Carson

   B. The Women Approach The Tomb:

   C. Peter, John & Mary At The Tomb:

         The various gospel accounts fit together into a compelling narrative that reveals the
         resurrection of Jesus, to be “the best attested fact in history!”

         Let us consider some specific occurrences in Matthews account are relevant to us today?

Four Essential Actions In Response To The Empty Tomb & A Risen Savior
  I. Come
      ♦ This invitation from the angel, follows the statement, “Do not be afraid!”

         ♦ But this invitation, coming through the angel, was from God, & they obeyed it!

         ♦ The preaching of the Gospel is an invitation from the Lord to “Come”

 II. See
      “Come, see the place where he lay” (6)

         What should we see, when look, by faith, into the tomb?
  A. The Condescension of Jesus In His Death & Burial!

          “Though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but
          made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And
          being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
          even death on a cross.” Phil.2:6-8

  B. The Horror Of Sin & The Cost Of Saving Us!
     ♦ It was for our sin that the Holy Son of God gave Himself up to suffer & die!

             Paul says “he who knew no sin, became sin, for us…”

             Isaiah prophesied “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
             the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

      ♦ Saving us from our sin, required the punishment, death, & burial of Jesus, the sinless Son of God!

  C. Our Death As The Consequence of Sin:

      ♦ Unless the Lord returns before then, we will all experience physical death, which begs the
          question, what comes after death?

  D. The Hope of Resurrection!
     ♦ The most important thing we must see in that tomb, is what’s not there! The body of Jesus!

          The angel said, “you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said!”

      ♦ The empty tomb is one of the great pieces of evidence of Christ’s resurrection!

      ♦ The implication is clear & staggering! He rose from the dead, therefore we also will rise!

             “From the cross the Son of God cried, “It is finished” (Jn.19:30). And by means of the
             resurrection , God the Father cries, “It is finished indeed!” John Piper, The Passion, pg.101

      ♦ Christ’s resurrection is our assurance of adoption, justification, forgiveness, acceptance, new life,
          & our own resurrection from the dead!

      ♦ Paul tells us that as a result of the resurrection of Christ, the sting of death is gone, “Death is
          swallowed up in victory!” (1Cor.15:54-55)

             Be astonished & come! Jesus Himself invites you:

             “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”

III. Worship
      ♦ The only proper response to seeing the risen Christ is worship!

      ♦ Although Jesus himself had taught, “that you should worship the Lord God, and Him only shall
          you serve,” yet he receives their worship! ( 9 & 17)

      ♦ Easter is a day for reaffirming our conviction that Jesus Christ is no mere man, no mere angel, no
          mere creature, but from everlasting to everlasting he is God through whom and for whom all
          things exist!

          “for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1Cor.6:20

          “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood
          you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,” Rev.5:9

IV. Tell
    ♦ As worship was the natural response to seeing & believing in the risen Christ, “go & tell” was the
       first command from our risen Lord!

    ♦ We should hardly even need such a command! Having our eyes opened to see the glory of God in
        the face of the risen Jesus, is the greatest thing in the world! How can we not want to tell other
        about this glorious good news?

             The Apostle Paul said, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your
             heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

    ♦ This is no mere head knowledge, but an acknowledgement & full surrender to His Lordship, &
        believing in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, which is to place your hope for
        forgiveness & salvation on Jesus who died for your sins

    ♦ The women were told by the angel & then Jesus to “go & tell,” but the final instructions to the
        church, from our risen Lord, just prior to His ascension, was to “Go therefore and make disciples of
        all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them
        to observe all that I have commanded you” (18-20)

    ♦ This is what we’re called to do & what should be most natural for us to do as Christians!

    This morning, God is making His appeal to you, through this message! He calls you to come & repent
    of your sins & see His death & resurrection were for you, that you might have forgiveness of sins.
    Look to Jesus & believe on Him as your risen Lord & Savior and you will be saved!


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