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Monday, April 2, 2018

2018.04.02 Hopewell @Home ▫ Luke 23:50-24:12

Questions for Littles: Of what was the Joseph in v50 a member? What kind of man was he? What had he not done (v51)? Where was he from? For what was he waiting? To whom did Joseph go (v52)? For what did he ask? What did Joseph do with the body of Jesus (v53)? What was that day (v54)? Who followed after (v55)? What did they observe? What did they do when they returned (v56)? Why didn’t they take the spices and oils immediately to the tomb? What day did they return (24:1)? What time? Of day? What did they bring to the tomb? What did they find when they got there (v2)? What did they not find when they went in (v3)? How did they feel about this (v4)? Who stood by them? How did the women feel now (v5)? What did they do? What do the two men ask them? What do the two men say in v6? Why isn’t Jesus there? What do they tell the women to remember? What do the women then do in v8? What do the women do when they return (v9)? Which women were they (v10)? What did their words seem like to the apostles (v11)? Who rose and ran to the tomb (v12)? When he stooped own, what did he see? How did he respond?
In the sermon text this week, we were reminded again of the wonderful reliability of Jesus’s words. He had told the disciples what seemed impossible. “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”

The women hadn’t taken these words to heart, so they were “greatly perplexed” in v4. The disciples hadn’t taken these words to heart, so even after the women report, “they did not believe them.”

Let us not put ourselves at such a disadvantage. Let us believe the words of Jesus! It is not for no reason that 1Corinthians 15 tells us that He died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and was raised again on the third day according to the Scriptures.

The Lord has given us His words so that we will be fully sure of that which is hardest to believe: that through Jesus’s sacrifice, our ungrateful, wicked sins really and truly are forgiven by the holy, holy, holy Lord.

Yes, the resurrection is an historical fact. The change that came over these disciples, even unto death, would be evidence enough of that. There’s no way that the church gets to where it is now, from how those disciples started out, if the resurrection didn’t happen.

But we have something even firmer than that logic: the words of Jesus Himself. And these are the words that tell us that He was raised because we had been forgiven fully!
What are some other Bible promises that are almost too amazing to believe? How does Jesus’s keeping His Word about the resurrection help you to believe them?
Suggested Songs: ARP16B “I’ll Bless the Lord” or HB209 “Thine Is the Glory”

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