Sermon: Jesus the Savior, Easter Sunday

A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus Part 5
Jesus as Savior: Matthew 28:1-10
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The Resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of Christianity. Without it, our entire faith is empty. As we celebrate Easter today, let the message of Matthew 28:1-10 land on you and think about all that it means for what God has done in and through the Person and Work of Jesus. Celebrate the loving Christ today, for He has risen just as He said!

1.  Read Matthew 28:1-10

“Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. See, I have told you.’ So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.’”

2.  Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is the Resurrection of Jesus an essential Christian belief?

  2. What about this passage do you find most interesting?

  3. How does this passage inspire you to share the Good News of Jesus?

  4. Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-22. Discuss how the Resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith.

3. Challenge

We often take the Resurrection for granted or only think about it during Easter. How are some ways you can continually remember what Jesus has done for us by raising from the dead? Find some other passages in the New Testament that discuss the significance of the Resurrection and talk about how they help you in the Christian life on a daily basis.

4.  Commit to Memory:

“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He lay.” 

5:  Things to Know

• Lee Strobel’s two books, The Case For Easter and The Case For Christ are excellent resources that help reinforce the significance of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.