The Empty Tomb: Mark 16: 1-8; various texts

April 17th, 2017

The Empty Tomb

Mark 16:1-8; Various Texts


The Joy of the Resurrection

  • Part of Jesus’ mission was to impart His joy to those who trust in Him (John 15:11; 17:13)
  • Jesus went to the Cross because of joy (Heb. 12:2)
  • Joy is rooted in perspective
    • It is not happiness, which is based upon circumstances
    • Joy sees beyond the immediate to the final outcome
      • For Jesus, the final outcome was eternity with us


The Hope of the Empty Tomb

  • Hope is deeply connected to joy (Rom. 12:12)
  • Hope is the confident expectation that God is working out everything for our good (Rom. 8:28)
  • The Empty Tomb represents hope
    • Because Jesus is alive, we have real hope that in Him we can have real, eternal life

      • This comes through faith in Him
      • And in His death and victory (1 John 5:4-5; 1 Cor. 15:54-57)


So What?

  • Because Jesus is alive, we can have joy to move through every hardship of life
  • Because Jesus is alive, we can have hope that God is working through everything for our good
  • Because Jesus is alive, we can have real live now and forever
  • Do you believe that He is alive?!



Meditation Verse: Revelation 1:17b-18

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