1. MatthewCHAPTER 28Verse 1-10April 15, 2012 Easter SundayFIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPIAnnouncements!"Praying For Our Jerusalem" Acts 1:8Praying For Our Jerusalem is a prayer effort by which we attempt to go into everyhome of our church family for the sole purpose of praying with the people in thathome. No gimmicks, no signing up for something, just to pray. Prayer Warriors will visitup to four homes and pray with our church family from April 1-30.BREATH OF LIFEWhat: A Sunday School Class for those with a chronic cough.When: Sundays @ 8 a.m.Where: At FBCJ in the Chapel ParlorLife of ValorWhat: Mens ConferenceWhen: Friday, April 20th From 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.Where: Madison CampusWho: All men (age 13 and older)Cost: $10.00 each (includes supper)Register: Online @ www.FBCJ.org or Call 601-949-1948Thank You for ServingWhat: A banquet to honor waiters & waitresses.When: Monday, April 23rd from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Where: The South, 627 East Silas Brown, Jackson, MS 39201Next Generation Leader LuncheonWhat: A Luncheon For Young Professionals ages 20-39 "Are You A Contributor or Consumer"When: Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 11:45 a.m.Where: Christian Life Center AuditoriumWho: Chris Maddux, SpeakerPrice: $10.00 Per PersonReservations: Call (601) 949-1941 or online at www.FBCJ.org
3. In 1978 a detailed examination was carried out by a team of American scientists whofound no reliable evidence of forgery, and called the question of how the image wasformed "a mystery”. One wrist bears a large, round wound, claimed to be from piercing (the second wrist is hidden by the folding of the hands). An upward gouge in the side penetrated into the thoracic cavity. Proponents claim this was a postmortem event and there are separate components of red blood cells and serum draining from the lesion. There are small punctures around the forehead and scalp. There are also scores of linear wounds on the torso and legs. Proponents claim that the wounds are consistent with the distinctive dumbbell wounds of a Roman flagrum. ‘Scorpion is Latin for a Roman flagrum. 1 Kings 12:11 11 Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions. 1 Kings 12:11
4. There is evidence of swelling of the face from severe beatings. There are streams of blood down both arms. Proponents claim that the blood drippings from the main blood flow occurred in response to gravity at an angle that would occur during crucifixion. There is no evidence of either leg being fractured. There are large puncture wounds in the feet as if pierced by a single spike.Following is a modern photo of the face: positive image on the left, negative imageon the right. The negative image has been contrast enhanced.In 1989 physicist Thomas Phillips, theorized that the Shroud image was formed byneutron radiation due to a miraculous bodily resurrection.Results of some new experiments propose that a corona discharge (plasma)mechanism could have been involved in the Turin Shroud body image formation, butit is impossible to reproduce all the characteristics of the image in a laboratorybecause the energy source required is too high.
5. While the women were in the tomb, another angel joined the first, "one at the head,and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying" (John 20:12).The positions of the angels are reminiscent of the two golden cherubim who were oneither side of the Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Covenant (Ex 25:18).The two angels in the garden were posted at either end of the tomb of Jesus, Who,by the sacrifice He had just made of His own life, became the true and eternal MercySeat for sinful mankind.Matthew 28:77 “Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He isgoing ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” Matthew 28:7The womens fascination must quickly turn to proclamation. They did not have time torevel in the marvelous reality of the Good News but were to go immediately andannounce it to the cowering disciples, who were still hiding in Jerusalem.It would seem more than justified for the Lord to have allowed the disciples to suffer infear, despair, and agony for a week or so before telling them the Good News. Theyhad stubbornly refused to believe that Jesus would die and be raised, although Hehad told them of His death and resurrection many times. God is not interested in beating you up (Jesus took your beating for you) so don’t beat yourself up either.But in His gracious mercy God sent the women to tell the disciples as soon as possible,so they would not have to experience another moment of misery and grief. He didnot rebuke them for their lack of faith and for their cowardice but rather sent themmessengers with gracious words of hope and comfort.Why did God chose to reveal the truth of the resurrection first to those women ratherthan to the disciples? One commentator suggests that it was because God chooses the weak to confound the strong. Another suggests the women were rewarded for their faithful service to the Lord in Galilee. Another holds that, because death came by a woman in a Garden, so new life was first announced to a woman in a Garden. Others propose that it was because the deepest sorrow deserves the deepest joy or that supreme love deserves supreme privilege. But Scripture offers no such explanations.It seems obvious that the women were the first to hear the angelic announcement ofthe resurrection simply because they were there. Had the disciples been there, they,too, would have heard the Good News directly from the angel rather than indirectly
6. through the women. This is analogous to the reality that the closer a believer stays tothe Lord and to His work, the more he is going to witness and experience the Lordspower. Those who are there when the Lords people gather for worship and prayer,who are there when His Word is being taught, who are there when the lost are beingwon to Christ, who are there when others are being served in His name, who areregular in their times of private prayer— those are the ones who will most oftenexperience firsthand the work of God.Matthew 28:7b7b “He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have toldyou.” Matthew 28:7bEarlier in the week Jesus had told the eleven remaining disciples, "After I have beenraised, I will go before you to Galilee" (Matt 26:32).Having both Jewish and Gentile residents, Galilee represented the world at large.It was there that Jesus began His ministry, in "Galilee of the Gentiles, " where "thepeople who were sitting in darkness saw a great light" (Matt 4:15-16).It would also be in Galilee that the disciples would receive the Great Commissionfrom the Lord to "go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”.It was not that Jesus would first appear to the disciples in Galilee, because Hemanifested Himself to them several times before that.He appeared; to Peter to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus to ten of the disciples as they were assembled on resurrection evening to all eleven disciples eight days later to seven of the disciples as they were fishing in the Sea of GalileeBut Jesus supreme appearance to the disciples was to be in Galilee, where He"appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time" (1 Cor 15:6) and whereHe would commission the eleven to apostolic ministry.Matthew 28:8-98 “And they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran toreport it to His disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And theycame up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.” Matthew 28:8-9As the women were on their way to report the angels message to the disciples, Jesusmet them and greeted them. Greeted translates chairete, a common greeting thatloosely rendered means something like “Hello" or “Good morning." It was the ordinarysalutation of the marketplace and of travelers who passed each other on the road.
7. In other words the greeting was casual and ordinary, seemingly too mundane to beappropriate for such a momentous occasion. Yet the glorified Christ, Who had justfinished conquering sin and death, greeted those faithful women with warm, informaltenderness.As the writer of Hebrews assures us, "We do not have a high priest who cannotsympathize with our weaknesses" (Heb 4:15).They now knew with certainty that He was the risen Messiah, the divine Son of God,and that adoration and praise were the only proper responses to His presence.They did what every person, unbeliever as well as believer, will do one day when Hecomes again, "every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ isLord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil 2:10-11).Matthew 28:10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leavefor Galilee, and there they shall see Me." Matthew 28:10Despite the disciples lack of faith, their cowardice, and their defection, the Lordgraciously spoke of them as His brethren.When they arrived in Galilee, they would see Him again, and there they wouldexperience a great convocation and commissioning by the Lord.The basic truth of the resurrection under-girds a number of other truths.First, it gives evidence that the Word of God is totally true and reliable. Jesus rose fromthe dead precisely when and in the way He had predicted.There are 60 messianic prophecies in the OT with 270 ramifications that were allfulfilled in one Person – Jesus Christ!All 60 of those prophecies were made at least 400 years before Jesus fulfilled them.What are the chances that one person’s life could fulfill only 8 out of 60 predictionsthat were made hundreds of years before it happened? 1 in 10 to the 17th power!If you covered the state of Texas two feet deep in silver dollars and you marked onesilver dollar and asked a blindfolded person to walk as long as they desired to walkbut they could only stoop down and pick up one silver dollar, the chances theywould pick up the one you marked are: 1 in 10 to the 17th power!That is for if only 8 of the 60 prophecies came true. If 48 of the predictions came true,the odds of a man’s life fulfilling those by chance are 1 in 10 to the 157th power!!
8. The first messianic prophecy in the Bible is in Genesis 3:15.Genesis 3:1515 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed andher seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise Him on the heel.” Genesis 3:15None other but Jesus could be referred to as the “seed” of a woman Who came intothe world to destroy the works of the Devil (bruise his head).In Micah 5:2 God predicted that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, a townwith a population of less than 1,000 people.Five OT verses require that the Messiah come while the Temple of Jerusalem was stillstanding. The Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 & has not been rebuilt yet.The Messiah was to be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver that would later becast onto the Temple floor.Psalm 22 predicted in 1,012 B.C. that the Messiah would be crucified by the piercingof His hands and feet and that was 500 years before crucifixion was invented!Second, the resurrection means that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, as He claimed tobe, and that He has power over life and death.Who would die for a lie?Of the 11 disciples: Bartholomew, Peter, Andrew, Philip, James and Simon the Zealot were all crucified. James, the son of Zebedee, and Matthew were killed by the sword. Thaddaeus was killed by arrows. Thomas – killed by a spear.John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, the only disciple who did not abandon Jesusduring the crucifixion – died of natural causes.
9. Third, the resurrection proves that salvation is complete, that on the cross Christconquered sin, death, and Hell and rose victorious.Fourth, the resurrection proves that the church has been established. Jesus haddeclared, "I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it" (Matt16:18). "The gates of Hades" was a Jewish colloquialism that represented death.Jesus’ resurrection proved that death itself could not prevent Him from establishing Hischurch.Fifth, the resurrection proves that judgment is coming. Jesus declared that theheavenly Father "has given all judgment to the Son" (John 5:22), and since the Son isnow risen and alive, His judgment is certain.Sixth, the resurrection of Christ proves that Heaven is waiting. Jesus promised, "In Myhouse are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I Would have told you; for I go toprepare a place for you" (John 14:2). Because Christ is alive by the resurrection, wehave the assurance that He is now preparing a heavenly dwelling for us. Jesus knowswhat it feels like to be told that there is no room for you in the inn so He is not going tolet that happen to those who trust in Him for eternal life.