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God in a Grave (2 of 3)
1 Peter 3:18-22
I'm in a trilogy of messages around the celebration of the Easter season-the resurrection of our Lord. Last week we talked about the day God died. This morning we are going to talk about God in a grave. Next Sunday morning, God is alive-the resurrection.
The Lord Jesus Christ died upon the cross for the sins of the world. They took His body down and buried it in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. For three days and three nights He was there. On the third day, the resurrection day, the Lord Jesus Christ rose again from the dead. If that is not true-if Jesus Christ did not come out of that grave, Christianity collapses. If He is still in that grave, then nothing really matters. But if He is not in that grave, then nothing BUT that matters. It all hinges on the resurrection. Everything stands or falls on the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. If Jesus is in the grave, then you and I don't have any hope. If Jesus Christ is not in that grave, then we have hope. What I'm preaching today makes sense and we can face the future unafraid because of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The question arises-what was Jesus doing during those three days He was in the grave? What was going on? In fact, there are a couple questions I would like to answer for you this morning. The first one is-Where did HE go? The second question I want to answer for you is-what did HE do?
In a rather remarkable passage of Scripture and in a rather interesting way, the verses I have read to you this morning answer these questions. They take us to three basic places. First of all they take us to the tree. Second, they take us to the tomb. Third, they take us to the throne.
I. The TREE.
Look at verse 18. ''For Christ also hath suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.'' Those statements take us to the tree. I'm referring, of course, by tree to the cross of our Lord Jes ...
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