Easter Message-Who Rose From That Tomb? by John Barnett

Easter Message-Who Rose From That Tomb?
John Barnett
John 18–20

Now the peculiar thing about this phenomenon is that, not only did it spread to every single member of the party of Jesus of whom we have any trace, but they brought it to Jerusalem and carried it with inconceivable audacity into the most keenly intellectual center of Judea, against the ablest dialecticians of the day, and in the face of every impediment a brilliant and highly organized camarilla could devise. And they won. Within twenty years the claim of these Galilean peasants had disrupted the Jewish church and impressed itself upon every town on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean from Caesarea to Troas. In less than fifty years it had begun to threaten the peace of the Roman Empire."

What changed that whole party of 16 "whom are known to have belonged to the inner circle or Christ’s personal supporters:
The eleven surviving apostles.
Mary the mother of Jesus.
Mary, the wife of Cleophas.
Salome, the wife of Zebedee.
Mary Magdalene.
Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward."

What took the fleeing, fearful band like that and forged them into a "dynamic force? They formerly consisted of a habitual doubter like Thomas, a rather weak fisherman like Peter, a gentle dreamer like John, a practical tax gatherer like Matthew, a few seafaring men like Andrew and Nathanael, the inevitable women, and at most two or three others."

And made them such a dynamic force? ONE THING:

THEY SAW HIM!

V. 18, I HAVE SEEN THE LORD
V. 25, WE HAVE SEEN THE LORD
V. 28, MY LORD AND MY GOD!!

I. What happened Easter Morning?
A. Jesus was Raised from the dead! Romans 1:4 Jesus Christ our Lord, declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead.
B. The Creator! (Have you looked up and said hello?) John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (KJV)
II. Who was He? By way of the following 12 verses, analyz ...


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