Luke 24:1-12 ESV
1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
I. JESUS REALLY DID DIE
A. The death of Jesus was predicted through prophecy.
B. The death of Jesus was predicted by Jesus Himself.
C. The death of Jesus was not just predicted, but it occurred.
D. Jesus was buried, which you only do to the dead.
II. JESUS REALLY WAS AND IS RESURRECTED
A. The events of the resurrection were first witnessed by women.
B. The events of the resurrection changed the day of worship.
C. The events of the resurrection mean no tomb has been venerated or enshrined.
D. The burden of proof is on the non-believer when it comes to the resurrection.
III. WHAT THE RESURRECTION IS …AND IS NOT
A. The resurrection of Jesus means that the cross was satisfactory to God.
B. The resurrection of Jesus means hope is alive for humanity. (1 Peter 1:3-6)
C. The resurrection is not revivification, reincarnation, annihilation, and certainly not universalism.
IV. THE REALITY OF RESURRECTION FOR US ALL
A. All will be raised on the last day. Some to eternal life and some to eternal death. (Daniel 12:2)
B. Before we can follow Jesus out of the grave, we must follow Him into the grave.