Alive In Christ - Easter 2020
I would like to begin this morning with the account in Matthew of the Resurrection of Jesus. Let us consider Matthew 28:1-10,
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
Do you remember these words from the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:16-20,
I do not cease to give thanks to the for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power towards who believe, according to the working of His great might that He worked in Christ when he raised Him from the dead...
Matthew describes many powerful events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection.
The women experienced a great earthquake on their way to see the tomb.
A powerful angel had descended from heaven and moved the large stone that sealed the grave.
For fear of this angel the mighty Roman guards trembled in fear and became like dead men.
And yet, the most powerful event had already taken place and had gone unseen by everyone.
We read in Matthew 28:5-6, “But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”
The apostle Paul describes this moment in Ephesians 1 by saying, “...according to the working of His great might that the Father worked in Christ when he raised Him from the dead...”
In that moment, behind all of these other visible events Christ had been raised from the dead by the working of the Father’s great might.
Just beyond the perception of all of the people:
a condemned man’s blasphemous words had been vindicated and His words were found to be true
a man who had been crucified now walks
a dead man now has been given an indestructible life
Consider the response of these women as they are told that Jesus was alive and that they would see Him in Galilee.
We read in Matthew 28:8, “So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples.”