Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #55 | Passion Week 2012 (#8)
Today, we come to the end of our week-long series titled "The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History". This week we have seen Jesus Christ ride on a donkey through the streets of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, we have seen Jesus go in to the temple and whip cans and take names, and we have listened to Jesus' words as he described the end times to his disciples. On Wednesday, we saw Judas Iscariot betray his Lord, on Thursday, we saw Peter drop from hero to zero when he denied he knew his Master, on Friday, we saw that the day Jesus Christ was crucified was a happy day for us sinners, and on yesterday, we saw that Jesus was busy while he was in the tomb.
As a Man without a home, a King without a throne, Jesus Christ was taken from the cross and buried in a borrowed tomb sealed by Roman soldiers and a large stone. Yet, when his friends and followers retuned to the garden tomb early in the morning on the first day of the week, they found the soldiers gone, the stone removed, and a shining angel saying ‘Jesus is not here. He is risen as he said.’
The tomb in the garden, where Jesus Christ was laid, is empty. There are no bones. No remains. No ashes. No adherents to any world religion can say its founder is still alive. But those early followers of Jesus Christ could. His tomb was empty. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared multiple times to His followers. He talked to them. He ate with them. They touched Him.
This is why we celebrate Easter. Because, on that third day, Jesus Christ got up out of His tomb in the garden. Nothing else like it had ever happened before or since.
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