Message: ‘Walking the resurrected life’
Text: Luke 23:54-24:12
Introduction: PP:A grandfather lost his treasured watch during a family gathering. So he called his grandchildren together and said, ‘I’ll pay twenty-five dollars to the one who finds my watch.’ This sent the kids on a mad scramble to find the watch. But the youngest grandson just sat and watched his brothers, sisters and cousins all come back empty-handed. The next morning at breakfast, he handed his grandfather the watch. ‘How did you find it?’ asked the puzzled old man. ‘I just got up real early and listened for the ticking,’ replied his clever grandson. (John Courson)
PP: I believe that story tells a tale of how we’ve chosen to live… even as Christians.
We choose to live in the noise of our surroundings. PP:
PP: We choose to be held captive by the busyness going on all around us.
And we make the assumption that our busyness is helping us grow as a Christian. But sometimes our busyness is just another attempt to drown out the still small voice of God in our lives.
Is…life… supposed to be that way? As followers of Jesus Christ,
But… we’re living like none of that’s true.
PP: Look to your left between the windows.
God, knowing we would do that, we would FEEL that way, inspired the Apostle Paul to write Romans 6:4 PP: We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For the Christian, there’s more to life than just being alive, physically. By God’s grace, it means we’re alive spiritually.
I’ve titled this message Walking the resurrected life. Because the resurrection of Jesus from the grave changes everything… everything…
Because by faith in Him, we too have been resurrected… That’s Romans 6
That’s not just a future thing when we die, it’s a present reality and the only reality that gives us the power to successfully navigate our journey of faith.
In our text this morning we’ll see some followers of Jesus who began walking the resurrected life. And they left us an example to follow.
Transition: Open your Bibles to Luke 23:54.
1. Luke 23:54-24:1 We Show Up
PP: Luke 23:54-24:1 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with Him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.
Let me set the scene.
The women in our text, expected their lives to go back to what it had been before they met Jesus.
What would they do now?
It seems they found out from either Joseph of Arimathea or Nicodemus where they placed Jesus’ body.
So with the location of the tomb, they went home to quickly prepare the spices and other things necessary to complete the burial process.
It was too dark to go back after the Sabbath Saturday night, so early Sunday morning the women take the supplies and head back to Jesus’ tomb.
I’m sure they felt depressed, disappointed, shocked and a bit alone. But… they were faithful women so, they still went to the tomb to bury Jesus.
That means they never got to finish Jesus’ burial process.
So why even mention this is Scripture? Because no matter how these women felt… they got on the field ready to play the game, even though the game was called on account of rain… (baseball spring training started.)
These women couldn’t do any really great things for Jesus.
But… they did what they could… they showed up!
Look, we have cup/mugs that say a lot of really good Christian things: PP: Perhaps we should all have one like this PP:
Everyone, look again to your left.
But.. regardless of how you feel, when your walking the resurrected life, you show up!
2. Luke 24:2-8 We Remember
PP: And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered His words.
The women get to the tomb early Sunday morning and not only find the stone rolled away, but the tomb empty! Jesus’ body is gone! Can it get any worse for them?
They’re not having a good day. But that changed when they meet the angels who told them: Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.
Sidebar: Look, the Holy Spirit is still reminding us of that very same thing today. Why do you seek the living among the dead?Only for us it’s more like Why are you looking for life where there’s only death?
PP: When the Christian looks to the world for relevance, for value, for hope, for security, for acceptance, it’s like going to a cemetery and talking to the graves asking them for their opinion on something.
PP: The message from the angels forever transformed the lives of not only these women but the rest of the disciples who would soon see their risen Savior.
Everything about their lives will change.
It was no longer about how they felt about themselves, but what God, through Jesus, had said about them.
Everyone, look to your right. The signs between the windows remind you who you are, in God’s eyes. Christian, this is not just your future, it’s also your present reality.
So, what changed for these women in our text, beside finding out that Jesus had been resurrected? They remembered!
When we’re walking the resurrected life… we remember Who Jesus is and who we are because of Him.
3. Luke 24:9-11 We Speak
PP: and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
When we’re walking the resurrected life… we speak… we tell others about the resurrected Jesus!
What happened to them feeling depressed, disappointed, shocked and a bit alone? To feeling perplexed and frightened? Because when you feel that way, you rarely speak about Jesus…
It altered their lives.
Look, it didn’t matter that the disciples didn’t believer them at first. They still showed up and they spoke for Jesus!
Friends, that’s still how it works today.
PP: We speak life to those who are dead around us. We can do that:
We speak life, because we have life!
4. Luke 24:12 We Look Around & Marvel
PP: But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
When I read this my heart latched on to the words lookingand marveling. Because we rarely do either, anymore.
Our senses are over stimulated, our lives are overburdened.
And we miss soooo much of what God is doing all around us.
It was a transformations experience. Blocking out everything else, we had to intentionally look beyond the surface, to see what God was doing right in front of us.
Talk to me sometime about that.
At least part of the purpose for that excursion into NYC was to rediscover what it meant to marvel in God and His works.
We don’t marvel in much because we make no time for reflection, for asking God to open our eyes to who He is and what He’s doing around us.
PP: Peter, in the midst of his fear, of his doubt, of his guilt… chose to look for Jesus. When he did, he encountered the truth of Jesus’ resurrection… and he marveled at what God had done
PP: Conclusion: Christian,
It’s time to stop living based on how you feel and to start living based on who God says you are.
It’s time to stop living as if the resurrection of Jesus doesn’t matter and to start living in the present reality of not only Jesus’ resurrection but of your own, as one of His followers.
It’s time to show up, to remember Jesus, raised from the dead.
It’s time to speak to others about your resurrected Lord.
It’s time to look for Jesus at work around you.
And it’s time to marvel that He IS alive… and that He has given you that same resurrected life.