It’s Easter Morning. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! Just a few notes as we begin. To a degree this is a SYMBOLIC celebration. We aren’t sure this is the exact anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus. This is not like the 4th of July or Cinco de Mayo. The exact date is not so as important as the fact of what happened: Jesus Christ rose from the grave!
Question: Anyone here ever had your computer to crash?
Video about Computer Crash
Seems like the end of the world.
“Technology comes making promises and stays making demands.”
Disciples felt that way but worse.
Picking up the pieces.
about the worst thing that could happen.
Matthew indicates that the tomb was owned by Joseph of Arimathea.
Problem: differing versions of the same story.
Illustration: car accident
Matthew has Mary Magdalene and Mary; Mark adds Salome; Luke has a woman named Joanna, John just tells it from the perspective of Mary Magdalene.
MARY MADGELENE FREAKS OUT
ROLLED THE STONE
The angel sat on the stone. What's going on here?
Why did they roll the stone back?
Not so Jesus could get out, but so we could get in … to see that He is not there.
But, let’s back up a little to find out about the Disciples. Where were they?
Matthew 26:56. “Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.”
CONTRADICTION IN TERMS: All the disciples – followers stopped following
1. Forsook. Gk. Aphiemi. To send away, dismiss, emit, resign, depart, desert.
2. Fled. Gk. Pheugo. To flee, take flight, escape.
3. Interesting sidelight:
a. Forsook is a participle
b. Fled is an aorist past tense indicative
c. Could be translated “forsaking Him, they fled.”
d. Their hearts departed and their bodies followed suit.
e. Forsake speaks to the reason.
f. Fled speaks to the action.
Illustration: Movie Open Range.
Standoff between Charlie Waite and Boss Spearman vs. Denton Baxter.
One by one, Baxter’s men cut and run. Boss Spearman shouts, “Baxter, looks like you’re losing your army.”
PRINCIPLE: Your body follows your heart. We freak out when we see someone DO something we call “out of character”. The truth is they are acting out what has already happened inside them. It can be a momentary crisis or the culmination of a lifelong battle.
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The best is yet to come!