Jesus, Risen and Speaking Again

Sermon Notes for Resurrection Sunday 2019

Often we have heard of the last seven sayings of Jesus on the cross.  But, what did Jesus say after the resurrection?

First Seven Sayings of Jesus after the Resurrection in John 20.

The first three sayings were to Mary Magdalene.

 

  • Why Weepest thou? (13 & 15)
    • Rev. 21:4 – God shall wipe away all our tears.

 

 

  • Mary (16)
    • He knows my name.

 

 

  • Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my father: go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. (Vs. 17)
    • Options A & B: – Taboo or Don’t hold me, go!

 

    • Option C: No need to hang on so tightly.  I am indeed returning to my Father, but not yet.  Go tell my disciples.  I will show myself to them and others soon.

Two sayings to the Disciples without Thomas  

 

  • Peace Be Unto You (Vs. 19)
    • Typical greeting but so much more; John 14:27 – My peace I give to you.

 

 

  • Peace be unto you, As my Father Hath Sent me, even so, send I you, receive ye the Holy Ghost, whosoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever sins ye retain, they are retained  (Vs. 21-22)
    • Deputizing – Holy Spirit – Messengers of the Gospel to be received by faith.

 

Two sayings to the Disciples with Thomas

 

  • Peace be unto you…Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless; but believing. (Vs. 26-7)
    • Christ will meet you where you are.  He will ease your doubts.

 

 

  • Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
    • Our belief is assured to be trustworthy by the Word of God alone.  It’s more than a feeling.  It’s settled in God’s Word.

 

Seven Sayings: Into Thy Hands

This sermon outline was more devotional in approach.

Luke 23:44-46

44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Psalm 31:5

“ Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”

Learning to die from Jesus (Points made by John Piper)

  • Remember that God reigns.
  • Remember that God pities
  • Remember that your spirit lives on.
  • Remember that God’s hands are open to you.  
  • Do not murmur, complain, and rage against God.

Into thy hands…

  • What have you committed to God in sanctification?
    • Committed your prayers…
    • Committed your possessions…
    • Committed your family.
    • Committed your time…
    • Committed your life completely…

Seven Sayings – It is Finished

 

How many unfinished projects do you have?   How many finished events still have an effect on you today?

It is finished.

John 19:30

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

  • The first recorded words of Jesus when 12-years old: “Did you not know, I must be about My Father’s business?” The work Jesus was doing was the works of His Father.  On the cross, the Father’s business was finished.

Tetelestai

  • Tetelestai – Paid in full
    • Gal. 3:13a, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,”
    • Eph. 1:7, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”
    • 1 Cor. 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
  • Perfect Tense (present + aorist)
  • Finished in a moment
    • Mathew Henry noted all that is finished: “It is finished; that is, the counsels of the Father concerning his sufferings were now fulfilled. It is finished; all the types and prophecies of the Old Testament, which pointed at the sufferings of the Messiah, were accomplished. It is finished; the ceremonial law is abolished; the substance is now come, and all the shadows are done away. It is finished; an end is made of transgression by bringing in an everlasting righteousness. His sufferings were now finished, both those of his soul, and those of his body. It is finished; the work of man’s redemption and salvation is now completed.”
  • Will continue to be finished
    • This indicates the ongoing nature of our salvation. This is so important because it shows a condition, a state of being, a resting place.
    • We are saved at a specific point in time, “it is finished”, our debt is paid, we are ransomed from the kingdom of darkness, and then we confidently rest in the reality that “it will continue to be finished” because we are in a position of grace and stand justified for all time before God.

The thing is finished.  Now go and tell.