by Ernest Easley

The Resurrection of Jesus - so What?
Ernest Easley
Matthew 28:1-10

Now on this Easter Sunday morning … take your Bible and turn with me to Matthew 28. It amazes me today how much confusion there is when it comes to Easter … and we are partly to blame!

There was an extremely enthusiastic teacher of four year olds who one Sunday asked her class, ''Does anybody know what today is?'' A little girl held up her hand and said, ''Yes, today is Palm Sunday.'' The teacher said, ''That's fantastic. That's wonderful. Now does anyone know what next Sunday is?''

The same little girl raised her hand. She said, ''Yes, next Sunday is Easter Sunday.'' Once again the teacher said, ''That's fantastic. Now, does anyone know what makes next Sunday Easter?'' The same little girl responded and said, ''Yes, next Sunday is Easter because Jesus rose from the grave.''

Before the teacher could congratulate her, she kept talking and said, ''But if he sees his shadow, he has to go back in for seven weeks.''

Now from Matthew 28 … let's see if we can clear up some of the confusion concerning the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and what difference His resurrection makes for us today.

When you come to Matthew 28, Jesus had been crucified, buried in a tomb and Pilate, the Roman Governor had set guards at His tomb for we read in 27.64, ''…. Lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead.' So the last deception will be worse than the first.''

Hey friend, Satan has been trying since day one to discredit the reality of the resurrection. He aims his biggest guns at the resurrection because the resurrection of Jesus guarantees his defeat and guarantees our deliverance.

And don't think he's slowing down the attack. While we're in here celebrating the resurrection of Jesus … there is a national annual meeting of Atheists taking place.

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