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Good News from the Graveyard (8 of 8)
Series: The Seven Sayings from the Cross
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Take your Bible and turn please to the gospel according to Luke! For seven Sundays we have surveyed the wondrous cross on which the prince of glory died! We have heard the seven last sayings the Lord Jesus spoke while hanging on the cross.
Last Sunday from Luke 23.46 .. we heard the last words Jesus spoke from that cross, ‘‘Father (Satisfaction), into your hands (security) I commend My Spirit’’ (surrender).
Dr. Luke then tells us in verse 46, ‘‘And having said this, He breathed His last.’’ Friend .. make no mistake about it: Jesus Christ died upon that cross! He didn’t merely pass out as some would believe ... but rather He passed on! Jesus really died on that cross!
Luke goes on to tell us that the body of Jesus was taken down off that cross and then placed in a tomb! Look at Luke 23.53, ‘‘Then he (Joseph) took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before.’’
Jesus was placed in a tomb. Matthew tells us in Matthew 27.60 that after the body of Jesus was placed in that tomb, ‘‘and he (Joseph) rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.’’
Now .. over and over Jesus told His disciples that He was going to rise from the grave. And there is one thing that strikes me about His resurrection: His enemies seem to remembered what He said about His resurrection while His own disciples seem to have forgotten it because after He died ... his enemies went to Pilate and wanted to secure the grave!
Look if you will to Matthew 27.62-66 ... Pilate sealed the tomb and set the guard! Now ... we’re not here this morning to mourn over a corpse! We’re here to hail a conqueror!
Thank God that in this world of bad news .. we can come here and hear about ... and sing about some good news! Now .. ordinarily ... the graveyard is a place of grief. But we’re ...
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