The Message of the Empty Tomb

Luke 24:1-12

We have observed through looking into the Scriptural accounts of the crucifixion the final hours of the Savior as He hung upon the cross. Now He is dead. Because He was a Jew, it was important that His body be removed and placed in the tomb before sundown. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea gained permission to do so from Pilate. They placed His body into Joseph's new tomb. The stone was rolled into place to close the entrance of the tomb, and later a Roman seal was placed upon it and Roman soldiers were charged with guarding the entrance to the tomb.

He saved others, but He cannot save Himself. He performed mighty miracles for others, but now He lies there helpless in death. His disciples go about the streets, weeping and saying, "It is all over now. He is dead."

But death cannot hold Him! A tomb of stone cannot imprison the mighty Christ. Friday night goes by, Saturday goes by, and Sunday morning comes. In the early dawn some women who loved Him came to the tomb. To their great astonishment the stone had been rolled away.

They rush into the tomb filled with fear that someone had defiled the grave of their Savior and stolen away His body. They found two angels with a very important message! It was the message of the empty tomb. "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee?"

This is the greatest message ever given to the world. Jesus is living! Death could not hold Him! The tomb is empty and Jesus is alive! Over the next forty days He appeared in His resurrected body many times to His friends. Then He ascended into heaven and He is there today! We serve a risen Savior! We do not worship a dead God! He lives! Some skeptics may say prove it:

I. Proof of the Resurrection.

II. The Teachings of the Resurrection.

III. The Call of the Resurrection.

Do you know the resurrection power of Jesus Christ? Have you personally accepted His finished work on Calvary as payment for your sin? If you were to die, do you know for sure where you would spend eternity? You can know it today! The invitation this morning is for you to come and receive Christ, will you come?

Perhaps I am speaking to some today who have known the power of the resurrection in their lives, but have not walked with Christ for some time now.

Something happened, but no matter the reason or the situation, you can get back in a right relationship with Christ today! Will you come and humble yourself before God? He will forgive you and restore unto you the joy of your salvation.

Maybe there is one here today who is ready to surrender their life to serving the Lord Jesus Christ in some manner of full-time service. Come today. If the Lord is dealing with your heart about anything, the invitation is for you!