Resurrection Road: Risen in Christ (John 20:1-9)

Resurrection Road

Part IV: Risen in Christ

{Isaiah 52:13-14, 53:1-12; John 20:1-9; 1 Corinthians 15:1-20}

I would like to begin this morning with reading another portion of Scripture:

Isaiah 52:13-53:1-12

Many who have never heard this portion would assume what I read was from the New Testament. They hear such statements as:

1.) “His appearance was marred more than any man and His form more than the sons of men.”[1] Their minds think of a brutal scourging of an innocent man that took place at the hands of Romans 2,000 years ago.[2]

2.) “He was despised and forsaken of men. A man of sorrows acquainted with grief, and like one from whom men hide their face.”[3] They think of a carpenter rejected by His very people.[4]

3.) “Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried…He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening of our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.”[5] They hear the echoing cries of a Son being forsaken by His Father as humanities sin is laid on Him.[6]

4.) “By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for this generation, who considered that He was cutoff out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due?”[7] They are reminded of One hoisted in history on a cross after being declared innocent on the judgment seat.[8]

5.) “But the Lord was pleased to crush Him…As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities…because He poured out Himself to death…yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.”[9] They see One named Christ, Who came to seek and to save that which was lost with His very blood.[10]

What we have read so far is not from the New Testament, but the Old Testament. Written 600 years before the incarnation of Jesus Christ!

Three years ago while I was a mailman in Westbrook I had the privilege of witnessing to one of my coworkers. She is Jewish, but does not believe in God. Her parents, however, practice Judaism. I asked her, “How do they handle Isaiah 53?” She said, “What is Isaiah 53?” The Scripture I just read here, I read to her. She looked at me and said, “That sounds like Jesus Christ.” I said, “It does, doesn’t it?”

The scourging and death of Jesus Christ is clearly scene throughout this passage. Especially in light of us dealing with that exact topic two weeks ago. Understand though, Isaiah’s prophecy here does not only speak of Christ’s death. Last week we saw it speaks of His burial as well:

“His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death…”[11]

We know this was fulfilled through a rich man named Joseph from Arimathea.[12] There is, however, another event within this Suffering Servant prophecy.

Isaiah 53:10

Here we are looking at the relationship between the Lord and His Servant. God The Father and God The Son. The Father took pleasure in crushing The Son, Who willingly laid down His life to redeem sinful mankind. The Son presented Himself as a guilt offering for you and I. Don’t you dare underestimate the love of God for you in Christ!

After this takes place, we see this portion:

Isaiah 53:10

What does this mean? It means The Son of God is going to rise again after the wrath of God has been satisfied through His death.

Isaiah 53:11-12

These past three Sundays we have seen just that.

1.) After mankind fell into sin God promised to send a redeemer because He is just and merciful towards humanity. In order for God to truly show mercy His justice must still be satisfied, and justice demands death for sin.

2.) Jesus Christ came to receive the stroke due to guilty humanity, because of the love of God.

3.) The Son of God Who came to die was buried in a rich man’s tomb.

Today we will see the fulfillment of the promise of the resurrection of Christ. May everyone here understand the significance this event has pertaining to life for both believers and non-believers.

Please turn to John 20. I will not necessarily take the time to fully exposit this text in John this morning. I chiefly want us to see that God does in fact keep His Word.

John 20:1-9

Matthew, Mark and Luke all record an angelic being meeting the women at the tomb.[13]

I want to briefly read Mark’s account:

“And he said to them, ‘Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, Who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold here is the place where they laid Him.’”

I also love the angel’s question in Luke’s gospel:

“Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen.”

Take a moment to consider these two truths:

1.) Yes it is true the woman was deceived first in the garden with her husband with her.[14]

2.) With this in mind, notice it is women who will first learn of the resurrected Savior.

Jesus Himself first appears to Mary Magdalene sending her to take the news of Him and proclaim it to the disciples.[15] Think, just as Eve was deceived in the garden; Mary is commissioned in the garden. Ultimately to verify the news that God had fulfilled the promise He made in The Garden of Eden from the beginning of creation.[16] Let it be known that God will always fulfill His purpose and there is nothing that can stop Him! This means life is not about finding your purpose in it, but seeking God’s, and conforming to it!

There is but one, and only one way, to truly know the purpose of God. Through reading His Word alone!

Do you know God’s purpose of John’s account?

“These have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”[17]

Do you believe in all that Christ has done? Do you know the depths of God’s love for you found only in the gospel of Christ?

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Do we understand the true gospel?

1.) The Christ died for sin according to the Word of God.

2.) The Christ Who died for sin, was buried.

3.) The Christ Who died for sin and was buried, was raised on the third day.

4.) The Christ Who died for sin and was buried yet raised on the third day was seen.

1 Corinthians 15:12

There were apparently people within the Corinthian church who taught there was no resurrection from the dead. Paul is going to take their thought process and logically follow it through to the end. We would do well to do that with everything we believe.

1 Corinthians 15:13-19

If there is no resurrection:

1.) Christ is still dead and in the grave.

2.) Our teaching today is useless.

3.) Our faith is useless.

4.) We are found to be liars.

5.) We are dead in sin making our faith absolutely worthless.

6.) We are of all people most to be pitied.

This of course is if there is no resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:20a

It is a fact that Jesus did rise from the dead. Any such claims contrary to that are ignorant, arrogant and foolish. Look at Peter’s conversation with the very men who devised and performed the plan to kill Christ: Peter says to them:

“Let it be known to all of you…Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead – by this name this man stands here before you…and there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”[18]

Their response, “speak no more to any man in this name.”[19]

Notice they did not refute the claims of Christ’s resurrection. Why? They knew the tomb was empty. In fact they paid the Roman guards to lie about what really took place in the garden.[20]

Since there is a resurrection:

1.) This means we are not to be pitied. Our hope is in a living and loving, resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ!

2.) This means we are no longer dead in sin. We are alive in Christ, Who lives!

3.) This means we are proclaiming the truth. Jesus did in fact rise from the dead!

4.) This means our faith has worth. Christ is able to save those who call out to Him in repentance since He lives!

5.) This means our teaching today has worth. This is the truth of what God has done to redeem humanity from their sin!

6.) All of this is absolutely true, because Christ Jesus, the Son of God, arose from the grave.

I want to first question the believer here today. Are you walking in the newness of life found only in the dead and buried, yet resurrected and seen, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Are you devoting yourselves to praying to the One, Who as we speak sits at the Father’s right hand? Are you abiding in His Word daily following His instruction for your life? Are you yielding yourselves to the Holy Spirit’s guidance from His Word? Are we disciplining ourselves to knowing only Him and the power of His resurrection? Only then will we walk as new creatures in Christ.

If you are a non-believer here today not trusting in the finished work of Christ, listen. Think of what this Scripture says about your life. Since there is a resurrection: Christ did rise from the dead. This means your teaching is useless.Whatever you trust in is useless. You will be found a liar. You are dead in your sins. You are above all men most to be pitied. What then is God’s desire for you today:

1.) Know that your sin demands death in the presence of a Holy God.[21]

2.) Understand that in love, The Father graciously gave His Son to die the death you and I deserve.[22]

3.) Trust through faith in His Word that Jesus did in fact bear your sins on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God.[23]

4.) Acknowledge that He was in fact dead and buried in the grave.[24]

5.) Believe that God physically raised Him from the dead on the third day.[25]

6.) Realize He was seen by more than 500 people at one time.[26]

Put your faith in what Christ has done for you! If you have done that:

1.) Worship Him Who ascended to the right hand of the Father.[27]

2.) Walk by faith in the newness of life found only in the dead and buried, yet resurrected and seen, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.[28]

[1] Isaiah 52:14

[2] Matthew 27:26; Mark 15:15; Luke 23:16; John 19:1

[3] Isaiah 53:3

[4] John 18:39-40, 19:12

[5] Isaiah 53:4-6

[6] Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34

[7] Isaiah 53:8

[8] John 19:18

[9] Isaiah 53:10-12

[10] Matthew 18:11; Luke 19:10

[11] Isaiah 53:9

[12] Matthew 27:1; Mark 15:43; Luke 24:50-51; John 19:38

[13] Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6-7

[14] Genesis 3

[15] Mark 16:9; John 20:16-18

[16] Genesis 3:15

[17] John 20:31

[18] Acts 4:10, 12

[19] Acts 4:17b

[20] Matthew 28:11-15

[21] Genesis 2:17; Romans 3:23

[22] John 3:16; Romans 5:1-10

[23] Romans 3:21-26; 1 Peter 2:24

[24] Matthew 27:57-66; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:31-42

[25] Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-13; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18

[26] 1 Corinthians 15:6

[27] Acts 1:9-11

[28] Romans 6:1-11; Ephesians 4:17-25

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