Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20; Matthew 28:1-10
During the season of Lent we are doing a sermon series called, The Footsteps of Jesus. Last week, we talked about Jesus’ journey to the Temple, which resulted in Jesus being arrested by the authorities, charged with treason and placed on trial. Treason is the crime of betraying one’s country, typically by attempting to overthrow the government. This might seem like an odd accusation to level against Jesus, but it makes sense when you understand that Jesus called himself the Messiah.
That word messiah basically means king. In order to become a king and rule your own country, you have to get rid of the people who are currently in power so that you can take over, which means you would have to overthrow the government, which at that time, was the Roman Empire. Therefore, the charge of treason makes sense.
According to the scriptures, following Jesus’ execution, he was taken down from the cross and placed in a tomb. On Sunday morning, two of the women who were followers of Jesus went to visit that tomb. They found the stone covering the tomb had been rolled away and that Jesus’ body was gone. An angel explains to the women that Jesus is alive, he’s been resurrected, brought back to life.
There is this idea put forth by the earliest Christians that Jesus’ resurrection represents a state of being that every human will experience at some point in the future. How we will experience that resurrected state is a point of dispute. Some people say that we can only experience it after the second coming, when Jesus returns from heaven. Others say, we can only experience the resurrection after we die. Me, I think we can experience the resurrection here and now.
This Sunday, I am going to explain to you what I mean by this through an amazing story. I can’t wait for you to hear it! It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend. I hope to see you on Easter Sunday with your family! Have a great weekend!