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    Luke 24:1–12 NIV
    1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words. 9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
    When we left off Friday. As Jesus hung on the cross, suspended between heaven and earth. Luke wrote that darkness covered the earth, and the sun stopped shining. Luke Has been writing a lot about the darkness. When Judas betrayed Jesus, at night, Jesus said this is your hour when darkness reigns.
    Jesus breathed his last, and committed His spirt into the Hands of His Father. His body was placed in the tomb in haste, and the burial was left unfinished because the sun was going down. Jesus’s body was in the the dark tomb, all Saturday.
    Then in chapter 24, Luke writes
    Luke 24:1 NIV
    1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
    Very early in the morning, other Gospel writers add when it was still dark, on the first day of the week, the women set off for this gruesome task. They would have had Friday night, and all of Saturday to think about it. I suppose it weighed on them. Perhaps they were even talking about it Saturday. Perhaps saying things like, you know, Sunday we should really start out early and get it over with. A horrible job.
    They would have a lot to think about. What condition would the body be in? The blood would have been dried hard, Jesus’s hair would have been matted. This would not have been an easy task, so it reasonable to guess they would have thought a lot about it. Maybe they did not even sleep very well considering what they had to do. So they set out for the graveyard, early to add spice, as was the custom. They arrive.
    Luke 24:2–3 NIV
    2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
    The extremely heavy stone, was no longer blocking the entrance. Strange, and the body was not there. This is well, shocking. Have you ever had anything stolen. I has my bike stolen once, the lock was cut. You are in this state of disbelief and bewilderment. It is like you know what happen, but your brain has not fully processed it yet, cause it is so shocking.
    Luke says they wondered, about this. Or they were perplexed, or at a loss. So they they are, arms full of heavy spices, heading out before dawn to take care of this awful job that has been weighing on them. Then they arrive at the tomb, to find the stone rolled away , and body gone. Mouths hanging open perplexed.
    Luke 24:4 NIV
    4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
    Then suddenly, two men are standing beside them. Their clothes gleamed like lighting. Just the other day we had that storm that rolled through. Lightning struck something really close to my house. Our heavy curtains were partially drawn, and still the lightning lit up the room. It was different from daylight which is usually a yellow, this was white. The room was bright white for an instance. Luke says there clothes gleamed like lightning.
    The flashing lightning, is also used to describe the second coming of Jesus in Luke. Luke 12:24.
    Luke 17:24 NIV
    24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.
    Here in the early morning dark tomb, are two men whose clothes flash like lightning. Forerunners to the Lord. The darkness, is overpowered in the appearance of the messengers. Luke later tells us that these men are angles.
    Luke 24:5 NIV
    5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
    The women, naturally are frightened by this apparition in the tomb and bow down, their faces looking down, and the men say, Why are looking for the living among the dead?
    Of course the women have every reason to look for Jesus there, he was dead. They watched him die, they saw the spear go into his side, no one survives a Roman crucifixion. They left early with spices, to go to the graveyard, where the dead are. Every indication of the world is that Jesus should be where the dead are. But there in the darkness, the light flashes, and the question is Why do you looking for the living among the dead?
    Luke 24:6 NIV
    6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
    He is not here! He can’t be here. Here is where dead people are. Jesus is not Here! He has risen! Remember! He must be risen- because he said so. God does not lie, God’s promises are always true. When God says something, it happens. And Jesus made it clear that this was going to happen, when they were in Galilee. Remember? In fact the passage is the next verse after his appearance will be like lightning.
    Luke 17:24–25 NIV
    24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
    Jesus also told the disciples this clearly in Matthew as well.
    Matthew 17:22–23 NIV
    22 When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. 23 They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief.
    Notice how this verse ends, the disciples were filled with grief. They somehow did not believe Him, and now the women are looking for the living among the dead. Perhaps, they thought Jesus was speaking more metaphorically. Maybe he will be raised to eternal life. Raised into heaven, perhaps. We will carry on His memory in our hearts type of thing.
    But now they see He was not speaking metaphorically at all. He was talking about getting up, body and all. A real bodily resurrection.
    In Luke 24, the angles remind the women of when Jesus said this.
    Luke 24:7–8 NIV
    7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
    Then it sank in. Then they remembered. They just had to hear the word of God again. Sometimes it takes some of us multiple times. We have to hear it again, and again. We have to see the word of God in our lives before it really takes effect. SO they hear it again, and combined with the rolled away stone, and the empty tomb, then it clicks.
    Luke 24:9–11 NIV
    9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.
    They did not believe the women, because it seemed like idle talk. That is talk that does nothing. Talk that has no effect, No work. Even though they had the Word of God, like the women, but because they saw the crucifixion. They saw the authorities overpower God, and they saw powers of darkness reign. They saw the trial, the beatings, and the nails, They saw the reality of the death, and the spear enter Jesus’s side. They saw Jesus’s lifeless body being carried and placed in a tomb. They saw death have victory. So the word of God is forgotten.
    Now the women give their testimony, and it seems like nonsense. These words are countering reality, and it seems like it cannot change reality for them. Reality for them is thatJesus was a good guy, we will always have his memory, now let’s go and try to do what he did. Resurrection talk has no effect, on the reality of the everyday life situation that are in. Oh how wrong they are.
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    This is the question before you today.
    Is this account of the Resurrection of Jesus for you, sitting in the pew today-idle talk, or does it produce something...... Is your life different because of this account? Either this is the greatest event in human history, or it is idle talk. Idle talk does not have an effect on you.
    46% of Christians in the UK, do not believe in the resurrection. That is almost half. How many of you here find it idle talk? Does the resurrection have and effect on your life?
    It easy to believe the crucifixion. Right? It is plausible. There were a lot of crucifixions, it is a historical fact. It is possible a Jewish Rabbi was crucified. I think a lot of Christians are really ok with this, they even like this idea. It is place they can go and dump their sin and guilt. They pray to a deadJesus feel better about themselves. It is similar to when people even write a letter to loved one who has passed on. It is cathartic, it gets things off their chest. I did something bad, real bad, in the dark, and no one knows, I have to get it off my chest. I will sneak into a cold dark stone Cathedral, I’ll tell a man behind a curtain what I did. i will light a candle in the dark, I will tell this Jesus what I did and I will feel better. Why do you look for the living among the dead?
    People think yeah this crucifixion thing is a ok, I am on board with that. Then they think resurrection, and think His spirit right? Like we are never truly gone as long as their memory lives on inside all of us. Jesus is in us, His memory lives on in us. Let’s come to church and make Jesus’s memory live on by doing what Jesus did. Why do you look for the living among the dead?
    Christianity, is just one of many paths to the same God, Jesus is like Buddha, or Muhammad. We just need to love one another, and be sincere, that is important. Whether we worship Muhammed or Buda or Jesus there is no difference they basically say the same things. We just need to sincere. Why Do you look for the living among the dead?
    This is not what we are talking about when we talk about the resurrection. That is not Christianity. We do not worship a dead Guy.
    He is Not Here! He has risen! We worship the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead, bodily. The grave could not hold Him, death would not have the victory. He was dead, and now He is alive. He is not here-Do not look for the living among the dead?.
    This is earth shattering news, Never before has a dead man got up of His own accord. He alone laid down his life and He alone took it up again.
    The evidence is there. There are hundreds of ancient manuscripts some as early as 25 years after the event. The resurrection is recorded in the book of Luke, again separately in Matthew, again separately in Mark around 50-60 AD, and again in John. The events are referred to in every other book of the new Testament at least in some way or another.
    Separate sources outside of the Bible refer to Jesus, and while people think it is idle talk a body has never been found.
    Experts agree this is not enough time for myths and legends to get started. Many eye witnesses were alive to refute them and virtually no manuscripts refuting the resurrection are around. The the disciples were tortured, killed, and in prison and all they had to do was recant and none of them did.
    Listen to this quote from Chuck Colsen
    “I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren't true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world-and they couldn't keep a lie for three weeks. You're telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible.”
    Friends, I am asking you today, to believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
    And when you do it changes everything. Nothing is the same, nothing should be the same nothing can be the same because when Jesus rose form dead it changes everything . And not just back then, and not something metaphorically but it changes reality for you and me now.
    For instance, yesterday I asked you to give your sins to Jesus on the cross, to ask Him to remove your sins, and your guilt and your pain and your brokenness. I am not asking you write a letter to a dead guy. I am not asking to light a candle in the dark and hope for the best, and go out and try harder to imitate a good man. How do you know that this happened How do you know that your sins have been carried away? You know that God the Father accepted Jesus’s work on the cross because Jesus rose from the dead.
    As the apostle Paul said, in 1 cor 15. if Jesus has not been raised, then you are still dead in your sins, but.....He is not here He is risen!
    If Christ has been raised then, It is God the Father’s Amen to the sacrifice of God the Son. If Christ has been raise then It is your Hallelujah, because you know that your sins have been carried away If Christ has been raise you are feee. We are not sending a letter to dead man, you are with Christ!
    If Christ has been raised we are not being asked to try harder to imitate a dead man, But we are given the same power that raised Christ from the dead to be set free from power of sin in our lives, enabling us to live like him.
    Brothers and Sisters if Christ has been raised. You have been set free, If Christ has been raised death no longer has power of you, If Christ has been raised You are no longer slaves to sin but instead are slaves to righteousness.
    ROmans 8.1 says
    Romans 8:1 NIV
    1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
    No Condemnation! IN Christ Jesus!
    Romans 8:2 NIV
    2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
    The Spirit who gives life! Not the Spirit of Death! has set you free from the law of sin and death.
    Jesus by rising from the dead has shown to the world no to the universe that He is the victor. He is the Conqueror. He has all the authority, and He did it for you. For you... so that you no longer have to submit to the authority of the enemy, the authority of death, the authority that sin has over your life but instead are in Christ Jesus. Do you see this? This changes everything.
    The danger is, is that even when we have believed it, we have problems remembering. The women had problems remembering. The danger is that when we see what appears as defeat, we forget that Jesus won the victory. When the world’s authorities seem to close in on us, and we seem to be trapped, we have to remember Jesus won the victory. When the pain of sin in the world presses in on us, when we have been betrayed we must remember that Jesus won the victory, When we are tempted, and pulled toward sin, and when darkness seems to be reigning, we must remember the resurrection
    Your guilt your shame your sin your pain your brokenness, that you have given to Jesus on the cross has been taken away and by the resurrection God the Father has said to you Yes it Has. You can now live free! Do not look for the living among the dead any longer. Look to Christ He has carried it away He has rescued you and He was successful. Now let us live like it.
      • Luke 24:1–12NIV2011

      • Luke 24:1NIV2011

      • Luke 24:2–3NIV2011

      • Luke 24:4NIV2011

      • Luke 17:24NIV2011

      • Luke 24:5NIV2011

      • Luke 24:6NIV2011

      • Luke 17:24–25NIV2011

      • Matthew 17:22–23NIV2011

      • Luke 24:7–8NIV2011

      • Luke 24:9–11NIV2011

      • Romans 8:1NIV2011

      • Romans 8:2NIV2011

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