A common question about Easter is “what really happened on Easter Sunday?” What really happened at the tomb where Jesus was buried (Matthew 27:57-59); Note that Pilate ordered the tomb to be sealed shut along with guards outside all because they remember what Jesus said “after three days I will rise again” (Matthew 27:62-66). Secondly, note the definition of a tomb is “a large stone structure or underground vault, cave like” (Dictionary; Matthew 27:60-61).
Many have said that the resurrection was a dream (hallucination) from those that saw him again few days later (side question, how can 500 people have the exact same detailed dream?); some even say that the Disciples came and stole Jesus’ body (side question, what about the guards?)(Matthew 28:11-15) and another explanation was that Jesus was unconscious on the cross, waking up later from inside the tomb (side question how can anyone survive the nail pierced hands?). The world thinks Easter Sunday is just another holiday for Christians to claim as their own day along with Christmas.
Define it Questions: (Matthew 28:1-20)
- Of all the sections of the newspaper what section do you read first?
- When they found the stone rolled back and an angel sitting on it, how do you think they felt?
- How important is it to your faith that the tomb is empty?
- How would you explain the importance of the Resurrection to a non-Christian?
- What attitude do the people around you have towards the resurrection of Christ?
- What difference does the resurrection of Christ make in your everyday life?
- How did the reality of Jesus’ resurrection “dawn” upon you?
- Can you think of anyone around you that does not know the meaning of Easter Sunday?
Define it: The resurrection of Christ did happened; the sealed tomb couldn’t keep Jesus in it, many followers saw Jesus with their own eyes. (1) empty tomb with stone rolled back (2) the strips of linen that was left, (3) Jesus’ appearance afterwards (500 other eyewitness), (4) fulfillment of the prophecy and (5) the consistency of the resurrection (Luke 24:1-53; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11).
If the resurrection of Christ didn’t happen then everything else would be false, pointless, useless (Isaiah 53; 1 Corinthians 15:12-24) and we would still be carrying, chained down by our sins. Let us cover Easter Sunday in prayer as many will attend church, listening to the message, hearing the scripture that shares defines Easter!