4-21-2019 “MORE THAN AN EMPTY TOMB!” Matthew 28:5-7

(We are asking for prayers for Bro. Leo’s wife Patty.  She fell down some stairs this morning.  At the time of this study we do not know the extent of her injuries, she is in the ER at this time.  Patty told Bro. Leo to go to Church and lead this study and Baptize the people who were scheduled to be Baptized today instead of going to the ER with her, I praise Jesus for her loving and sacrificial spirit.)

This week Bro. Leo starts us on a study of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and what it means to a Christian.  Over the next few weeks Bro. Leo will leading us into a very deep study of the Resurrection and what it means to the Christian, we hope that you will follow along.

For the last several weeks we have been studying the Cross.  The Cross is and was the plan of God even before creation (Acts 2:22-23). The Cross did not happen by chance or because of an angry mob that got out of hand and went too far.  The Cross is the power of God (1Cor.2:6-7, 1 Cor.1:18, 1Cor.1:24). The power to save humanity is of God and not of man (2Cor.4:5-7). There is nothing we can do (good works, Gal.2:16) to save ourselves, only the power of God can save.

For the next several weeks we will be studying the Resurrection and all it means for us.  The first thing we learn about the resurrection is that Jesus was raised from the dead (Matt.28:5-7).  Next we learn that Jesus is raised from the dead with a flesh and bone body (John 20:19-20).  Then we learn that Jesus walked the earth and several people saw and heard Him speak for 40 days (Acts 1:1-3).

In Rom.8:9-11 we learn that the Trinity is the Resurrection Spirit of Jesus Christ.  We also learn that if we have the Spirit that raised Jesus in us we will also be raised from the dead.

In 1Cor.15:3-5 we find the “Pauline Creed” which is the definition of Christianity.  1) Jesus died on the cross for our sins,  2) He was buried in a tomb,  3)  He rose from the dead on the third day,  4) He was seen alive in bodily form for 40 days by several people.  A Christian believes without a doubt the first three points and experiences the fourth point through the eyes of faith and the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Christianity is not about a religion, or creeds, ideologies or teachings.  The Disciples were Martyrs for  the man and Son of God Jesus Christ, not for a religion or ideology.  We are Christians because we believe in the Resurrection of Jesus and we have experienced Jesus through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

At the moment of our physical death we will hear one of two statements, 1) ” I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” Matt.7:23,  2)  “Well done, good and faithful servant” Matt.25:23.

Scriptures used in today’s study:

Mat 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Mat 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Mat 28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

Joh 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Joh 20:20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Act 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Act 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
Act 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1Co 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
Rev 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Joh 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
Joh 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
Joh 20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
Joh 20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
Joh 20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Joh 20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

Joh 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
Joh 21:4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
Joh 21:5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
Joh 21:6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
Joh 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
Joh 21:8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
Joh 21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
Joh 21:10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
Joh 21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
Joh 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
Joh 21:13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
Joh 21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

Luk 24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Luk 24:37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
Luk 24:38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
Luk 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
Luk 24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
Luk 24:41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
Luk 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
Luk 24:43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Mat 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

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