Mark 16:1–11 NLT - Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside. When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.” The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened. Then they briefly reported all this to Peter and his companions. Afterward Jesus himself sent them out from east to west with the sacred and unfailing message of salvation that gives eternal life. Amen. After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning, the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went to the disciples, who were grieving and weeping, and told them what had happened. But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen him, they didn’t believe her.
I. The Event
B. Why was this the Plan
C. The reason for this plan.
II. The Evidence
A. The medical evidence
Mark 15:44 NLT - Pilate couldn’t believe that Jesus was already dead, so he called for the Roman officer and asked if he had died yet.
Mark 15:45 NLT - The officer confirmed that Jesus was dead, so Pilate told Joseph he could have the body.
B. The missing Body Evidence
C. The Eyewitness evidence
III. The Experience
A. This is the main reason we are here today.
B. Why does it change lives? What do we mean by Risen for your past.
Luke 15:20–24 NLT - “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
Romans 8:17a NLT - And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
You can experience the resurrection today by choosing to place your faith in Jesus Christ. He is risen! He rose for our past to restore you to who He says you are. His son or daughter with all rights and inheritance. He didn’t come to condemn us. Through the blood He shed for us on that cross as a sacrifice we can have new life in Him. This is where mercy and justice meet at the cross.
John 3:16–17 NLT - “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.