Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016
“The Incident at The Borrowed Tomb”
I would like for us to journey back to Jerusalem today. I want to examine THE INCIDENT AT THE BORROWED TOMB. I want to see that in this most extreme of hopeless occurrences, there were: harsh realities, heavenly revelations, and happy reunions.
I. The Incident at The Borrowed Tomb Exposed Harsh Realities: Matt. 28:1
A. A sorrowful mission (v.1, “came to see the tomb”).
B. A slain Messiah (v.1, “the tomb”)
II. The Incident at The Borrowed Tomb Presented Heavenly Revelations: Matt. 28:2-6
A. God’s Power is revealed (vv.2-4)
1. God’s angel removed the stone (v.2, cf. Mark 16:3)
2. God’s angel removed the soldiers (v.4)
B. God’s Proclamation is revealed (vv.5-6a)
1. God’s angel speaks about tragedy (v.5, “I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified”)
2. God’s angel speaks about triumph (v.6a, “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said . . .”)
C. God’s Proof is revealed (v.6b, “Come, see the place where the Lord lay”)
III. The Incident at The Borrowed Tomb Generated Happy Reunions: Matt. 28:7-10
A. There was an unexpected welcome (vv.7-9a)
B. There was an uninhibited worship (v.9b-10)
What began as a morning of sadness and sorrow was transformed into a morning of joy, praise, peace, and salvation. The women who went to that tomb so defeated and broken, left there excited and filled with the joy of the Lord.
That’s the power of Christ’s resurrection. When it becomes real in your heart that Jesus Christ is alive, and when His resurrection power becomes real in your heart, your life will be changed, and you will also be filled with His worship and praises.