Sermon Audio: Rediscover Easter
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 24:1-9
Size: 10.1 MB
They had seen him beaten, they seen him crucified, they had seen him killed and they had seen him buried and they knew the dream was as dead as the dreamer.
We believe, as did the early church, that Christ had risen from the dead that there was actually a physical resurrection.
Anyone can claim to be the Son of God. But if someone could substantiate the assertion by returning to life after being certifiably dead and buried–well, that would be a compelling confirmation that he was telling the truth.
And while there are all kinds of people who will lie there are very few who will maintain that lie in the face of torture and death.
In other words, it would take you from breakfast on Monday until Friday at dinner time listening around the clock to hear the testimony of those witnesses.
Because the Tomb Was Empty His Enemies Knew they Were Wrong
But the empty tomb would change the lives of those closest to Jesus and ultimately would change the face of the world.
Because the Tomb Was Empty Peter Knew He Was Forgiven
Come on Peter, what is going on? This is Jesus, the same Jesus that called you from being a fisherman and turned you into a fisher of men.
And when Jesus hung on the cross, with the blood from the crown of thorns dripping into his eyes, and he pulled himself up by the iron nails driven through his wrists and said Father forgive them, he was looking for Peter.
God’s forgiveness is there for each one of us but first we need to acknowledge our wrongs, and be sorry that we did it, not just sorry we got caught doing it, but sorry that we disappointed Jesus.
Because the Tomb Was Empty Thomas Knew He Was Blessed
Doubting Thomas indeed. But he probably verbalized it better, saying I won’t believe unless I can see it myself.
Everything that Jesus Christ said and did could be duplicated or fabricated right up to his resurrection.