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Resurrection: From Sorrow to Joy

Luke 24:1-12

Sorrow

  • One week earlier, Jerusalem seemed ready to receive Jesus as Messiah.
  • Over the following few days, Jesus’ public interactions became particularly contentious.
  • Jesus was betrayed by one apostle and abandoned by the others.
  • He was tried by the Sanhedrin, Herod, and Pilate, and ultimately condemned.
  • He was mocked, tortured, and killed.
  • The women’s actions suggest that they had resigned themselves to Jesus’ death.
    • They went to the tomb (and not to see if he had risen).
    • They brought spices they had prepared in order to finish preparing Jesus’ body.
  • The women’s actions also suggest a certain faithfulness even in their sorrow.

Confusion

  • They hadn’t expected to find the stone rolled away from the tomb.
  • They were perplexed when they did not find the body,
    • They were not merely surprised (but realized what must have happened when they saw it).
    • They did not understand the implications of what had happened .

Fear

  • The two men in the dazzling apparel were angels.
  • The women were understandably frightened by the angels .

Response

  • The angels said to remember how he told you. . . .
  • The appropriate response to sorrow, confusion, and fear is to return to God’s word.
  • In order to return, or remember, you must first have laid a foundation.
  • Then build on that foundation by digger deeper into the word, seeking fuller understanding.

Truth

  • Jesus had said he must be crucified and then rise again.
  • Jesus had said it must happen because it was the only way to redeem fallen man.

Result

  • Peter (and no doubt the women) marveled at what had happened.
  • Their sorrow, confusion, and fear was transformed into joy.
  • Their joy was expressed through worship and through blessing God.