by Rex Yancey

Thinking about Resurrection of Jesus
Rex Yancey
Matthew 28:1-8

A group of four year olds were gathered in a Sunday school class in Chattanooga. The enthusiastic teacher said, "Does anyone know what today is?" A little girl held up her finger and said, "Today is Easter Sunday." The teacher said, "That's fantastic." "Now, does anyone know what makes this day special?" The same little girl responded and said, "Today is Easter because Jesus rose from the grave" and before the teacher could congratulate her, she kept on talking and said, "But if he sees his shadow...he has to go back in for seven weeks!"

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the resurrection of Jesus. However, the Word of God invites us to come and see for ourselves that Jesus really did arise from the dead.

The Christian faith hinges on the truth of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The cross without the resurrection would have been a wonderful example. However, there would have been no dynamic to live a Christian life. There would be no hope of life after death. But I have good news for you this morning, the garden tomb is empty.

The pyramids of Egypt are famous because they contained the mummified bodies of ancient Egyptian kings. Westminster Abby in London is renowned, because in it rests the bodies of English nobles and notables. Mohammed's tomb is noted for the stone coffin and the bones which it contains. Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D. C. is revered, for it is the honored resting place of many outstanding Americans.

These places are famous and draw visitors from afar because of what they contain. The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem is famous for what it does not contain. It does not contain the body of Jesus Christ.

The resurrection of Jesus has survived denials of the past. The soldiers made the tomb as sure as they could but they could not make it sure enough. They put a sign up that said "Dead and buried." He put out a s ...

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