MATTHEW 28

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Matthew 28

IT HAPPENED ON EASTER

 

SUPERNATURAL ACTIVITIES - Vss. 1-4

The earthquake - Vs. 2

The angel who rolled back the stone - Vss. 2-3

The frightened soldiers - Vs. 4

 

STARTLING ANNOUNCEMENT - Vss. 5-8

Jesus was not there! He arose from the dead! Vs. 6

They were to examine his empty grave. Vs. 6

They were to tell the disciples that Jesus would appear to them in Galilee. Vs. 7

 

SUPERB APPEARANCE - Vss. 9-10

The risen Jesus appeared to the women.

 

SUSPICIOUS ANSWER - Vss. 11-15

When word got around of the empty tomb and the resurrection, the religious leaders needed an excuse to deny the resurrection.  They bribed the guards.

 

SPECIFIC AGENDA - Vss. 16-20

The disciples were to fulfill the Great Commission.

 

 

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Matthew 28

A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY

 

Easter and Christmas are perhaps the two greatest holidays for Christians.  Matthew 28 shows why Easter is so great.

 

THE MOVEMENT OF THE STONE - Vss. 1-4 - The stone is rolled away, not to let Jesus out, but to let the world in to see the empty tomb.

 

THE MESSAGE OF RESURRECTION - Vss. 5-8 - Jesus was not in the tomb. He had risen from the dead. The disciples needed to hear the great news.

 

THE MASTER OF COMPASSION - Vss. 9-10 - He appears to the women and encourages them during a time of great confusion.

 

THE MOCKERY OF DECEPTION - Vss. 11-15 - The Jewish leaders try to discredit the resurrection.

 

THE MANDATE OF EVANGELISM - Vss. 16-20 - Jesus appears to the disciples, and assigns them to the task of world evangelism.

 

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Matthew 28

THE GREATEST SUNDAY IN HISTORY

 

MIRACLE - Vss. 1-4

The stone was rolled away, not to let Jesus out, but to let people in to see the empty tomb.

 

MESSAGE - Vss. 5-7

Jesus was risen from the dead and the disciples needed to be told.

 

MANIFESTATION - Vss. 8-10

Jesus revealed Himself to the women who came to the tomb.

 

MISINFORMATION - Vss. 11-15

There was a cover-up of the truth by the authorities.

 

MANDATE - Vs. 16-20

The world is to be reached with the Gospel.

 

 

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Matthew 28:1-10

EASTER ANGEL

 

There’s lots said about the angels at Christmastime.  However, the angels were active at the resurrection as well.  Here is one such angel at work.

 

THE ANGEL’S ACTIONS – Vss. 1-4

He rolled back the stone.

He scared the guards.

 

THE ANGEL’S ANNOUNCEMENT – Vss. 5-7

They were not to fear.

Jesus was not there, but risen.

They were to see where the Lord had laid.

They were to tell the disciples.

 

THE ANGEL AUTHENTICATED – Vss. 8-10

Jesus appeared to the women and showed that what the angel had said was correct.

 

 

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Matthew 28:1-10, John 20:1-18

TOMB VISITORS

 

Consider giving a message on those that visited the tomb of Jesus.

 

THE KEEPERS WERE SCARED - Matthew 28:1-4

 

THE WOMEN HEARD - Matthew 28: 5-8, 9-10

 

MARY MISUNDERSTOOD - John 20:1-2, 11-18

 

PETER WONDERED - John 20:3-7, 9

 

JOHN BELIEVED - John 20:8

 

 

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Matthew 28:5-7

THE MESSAGE OF EASTER

 

Each holiday has a message.

The message of July 4th in the United States is the nation's independence from England.

The message of Memorial Day is the death of patriotic men and women who died from their country.

The message of Mother's Day is "mom".

The message of Father's is "dad".

The message of Christmas is the birth of Christ. We aptly say "Jesus is the reason for the season."

The message of Good Friday is the death of Christ for our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

And what about this holiday?

To celebrate this holiday the secular world has given us the Easter Bunny, Easter candy, Easter rabbits, Easter dinner and Easter bonnets. Are these the message of Easter? The answer of course is "no"!

 

What is the message of Easter? The answer to that question is found in our text. " And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 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."

 

There are four words in this text which I feel sum up the message of Easter.  There are others who have also expressed this idea.

The four words are imperatives.

They are commands.

 

COME!

By way of background, Jesus was dead! He had been betrayed by Judas, forsaken by His disciples, denied by peter, tried by the Sanhedran, condemned to die Pontius Pilate, crucified at Calvary, buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimithea.  On Easter morning women came to the tomb, concerned that they would be able to get in. Mark 16:3. But when they arrived they were in for the surprise of their lives! A great earthquake had taken place. Matthew 28:2 The angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and rolled back the stone. Matthew 28:2-4 When the women arrived they were told not to fear. The angel knew they were seeking Jesus. Matthew 28:5

 

The angels told the women to "COME".

This was an invitation often given in the Scriptures.

Ever since the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned against a righteous and holy God, God has had His arms open, saying "Come".

He gave the promise of the Messiah who would have victory over Satan. Genesis 3:15

He used the ark build by Noah as a picture of coming to Him for the protection of salvation.

He invited the children of Israel to come out of Egypt. Later He invited them to come into the promised land.

He gives great invitations to come in Isaiah 55:1-3 and Revelation 22:17.

Jesus made that same great invitation in Matthew 11:28-30.

 

Have you labored under a load of guilt?

Have you been burdened with the awfulness of your sin?

Have you labored to get into Heaven, and are still not sure you're going to make it?

Have you been "heavy laden" with the load of trying to keep the Ten Commandments, or the precepts of a particular church?

JESUS SAYS "COME! COME UNTO ME!"

 

We come to Him who has left the tomb!

We come to Him that is risen from the dead!

We come to Him who is living right now in Heaven!

We come to Him who is offering forgiveness and salvation to all who believe! John 3:16

We come to Him who offers peace and power to all who have believed on Him! John 14:27, John 15:1-7

 

SEE!

I'd like to differentiate between the words "look" and "see".  When I look at something, I may not grasp what I'm looking at. I may not comprehend or understand.  But when I truly "see" something I grasp, comprehend, or understand it. I believe that's what the angel wanted the women to "see" or grasp, understand, and comprehend that the tomb was empty and that Christ had risen from the dead.

 

I believe God wants us to "see" that Christ is risen from the dead and is alive forever.

In seeing that God wants us to place our faith and trust in Him as our Savior. Romans 10:9-10

 

GO!

The women were told to go.

Jesus did not intend for anyone to stare continually into the empty tomb.

After we come to a point of seeing the empty tomb and trusting Christ as Savior, we are to go.

 

We are to go to learn more about Him. 2 Peter 3:18

We are to go to Him in prayer. John 14:13-14

We are to go with Jesus Christ, allowing Him to live through us. Galatians 2:20

We are to church and fellowship with other believers. Hebrews 10:24-25

We are to go to a lost and dying world. Acts 1:8

 

TELL!

The women were supposed to tell the disciples of the resurrection.

As someone has said, Christianity is one beggar telling another where to find bread.

There was once a demon-possessed man who was healed. He wanted to travel with Jesus.

Instead he was told to go home and tell the great things the Lord had done for him. Mark 5:19

It is our job to tell others what great things the Lord has done for us. Psalm107:2, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:15

 

The message of Easter is "COME AND SEE. GO AND TELL!"

 

 

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Matthew 28:18-20

THE "ALL" COMMISSION

 

Have your noticed that the word "all" appears in the "Great Commission"

three times.

 

Vs. 18 - ALL POWER (Comes from the Lord Jesus.)

Vs. 19 - (To reach) ALL PEOPLES (nations)

Vs. 20 - (To teach) ALL PRECEPTS ("...all things whatsoever I have

               commanded you...")

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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