Life - The Message Of The Empty Tomb Sermon Notes

Follow along with Pastor Jay as he preaches and teaches the Word of God.

The Plan For Living

Summary: The resurrection of Jesus Christ doesn't just impact what happens to us after we die; the resurrection impacts how we live until we die. The ministry of the resurrected Christ begins by meeting us where we're at, transforming us into His image, equipping us for His purpose, and then taking us home to forever be with Him.


Key Scriptures


(1 Corinthians 15:6): "After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep."

Review

For a few weeks now, we've been considering the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ as we consider the fact that the message of the empty tomb is life, not just eternal life, but abundant life here and now. In these resurrection appearances of Jesus, we are discovering that in Christ we have been given everything that we need to live.


In Jesus' appearance to Mary Magdalene, we found that we have been given THE PATTERN FOR LIVING.


We are to love Jesus because he DELIVERED us, He DIRECTS us, and He DELIGHTS us.


In Jesus' appearance to Mary, Joanna, Salome, and Susanna, we found that we have been given THE PROMISE FOR LIVING.


It is the promises of Jesus and His Word that produces in us the CONFIDENCE, the COMMITMENT, and the COURAGE that we need to live for Him.


In Jesus' appearance to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, we found that we have been given THE PASSION FOR LIVING.


It is a passion to LEARN ABOUT CHRIST, to LISTEN TO CHRIST, to LINGER WITH CHRIST, and to LET OTHERS KNOW WHAT THEY DISCOVERED ABOUT CHRIST.


In Jesus' appearance to Simon, we found that we have been given a PERSONAL TOUCH FOR LIVING.


God LOVES a broken heart and God LOVES ON a broken heart.


In Jesus’ first appearance in the Upper Room, we found that we have been given THE PRESENCE FOR LIVING.


God wants to show up in the lives and in the meetings of His people, and, when He does, He brings His PEACE and His POWER.  


In Jesus’ second appearance in the Upper Room, we found that we have been given THE PATIENCE FOR LIVING.


Life often happens and life often hurts, but God is patient with us, and we should be patient with one another. 


In Jesus’ first resurrection appearance in Galilee, we found that we have been given THE PERCEPTION FOR LIVING.


Our failures are not final, they are simply a step on our way back to God.


In Jesus’ first resurrection appearance in Galilee, we also found that we have been given THE PRINCIPLES FOR LIVING.


Peter went from being boastful (full of pride) to being broken. God’s greatest work begins where brokenness is found. Brokenness, however, isn’t the goal, but it is a necessary step on the road to recovery and restoration.


(1) Brokenness is necessary because of WHAT IT PRODUCES (humility)

(2) Brokenness is necessary because of WHO IT INVITES (Jesus Christ)


When we fail, and we will, we found…


That Jesus never stops WATCHING OVER us.

That Jesus never stops LOVING us.

That Jesus never stops WORKING ON us and IN us.

That Jesus never stops WANTING US BACK.


As we go through seasons of brokenness…


1)  We need to keep LISTENING to the Lord

2) We need to keep LOVING the Lord

3) We need to keep FOLLOWING the Lord

4) We need to keep LIVING for the Lord

Message

1 Corinthians was written to accomplish a few things:


(1) He CONFIRMS and he COMMENDS their faith and the spiritual growth that had taken place even though they were living in an environment that was not conducive to either


(2) He CORRECTS some things that were taking place in the church of Corinth.


(3) He COUNSELS them regarding a series of questions that they had sent to him.


(4)  He CALLS them to return to gospel-centrality.


Matthew 28:16 says, “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.” 


Matthew 28:17-20 says, “And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” 

1) Jesus knows how to get His people out of a VALLEY

Matthew 28:16 says, “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.”


3 Truths about valleys:


Valleys are DEEP

Valleys are DIFFICULT

Valleys are DANGEROUS


A)  Jesus ENTERS into the valley experiences of His people


John 21:4 says, “But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.” 


John 21:7 says, “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.” 


Psalm 23:4-6 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”


B) Jesus ENCOURAGES His people as they journey through the valley


Mark 6:50 says, “For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” 


Psalm 32:7 says, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.


Psalm 46:1-3 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”


C) Jesus ENABLES His people to climb back out of the valley


Matthew 28:16 says, “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.


John 16:33 says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.


1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2) Jesus knows how to work through our VULNERABILITY

A) There is a WALK that needs to be SEEN


Matthew 28:16-17 says, “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.”


Psalm 40:1-3 says, “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”


B)  There is a WORSHIP that needs to be GIVEN


(1) Some worshiped that day because of Jesus’ PRESENCE

(2) Some worshiped that day because of Jesus’ PATIENCE, but

(3) All worshiped that day because of Jesus’ POWER.

3) Jesus knows how to make us a part of other people’s VICTORY

A) There is a WORD that needs to be HEARD


Matthew 28:18 says, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” 


Philippians 2:9-13 says, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.


B) There is a WORK to be DONE


Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…


C) There is a WITNESS to be PRESENTED


Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…


D) There is a PROMISE to be CLAIMED


Matthew 28:20 says, “…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”