April 11, 2021

It’s Time to Leave the Graveyard

It’s Time to Leave the Graveyard

Matthew 28:8-10, NIV

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Sermonic Moves:

  1. Leave the graveyard because it was never meant to be a permanent place, but a temporary location for miraculous manifestation.  Jesus died to rise in order to create a radical new blueprint.  For Matthew the rising of Jesus is not just a moment, but the moment at the center of GOD’s eschatological plan for the universe.
  1. Leave the graveyard even when your emotional, mental, and spiritual state is conflicted - you can be afraid and joyful at the same time.  
  1. Leave the graveyard realizing that Jesus’s presence will often meet us as we go, and not when we stay stuck.  The angel told Mary, Mary to leave, but Jesus is the one who meets them as they go!  


Publish Date:

July 14, 2023


We have to trust the words of Jesus without proof of their immediate validity. We have to rest in the tension that worship and doubt (little faith) can be a reality for the believer. Both doubt and devotion are subject to both the approach and authority of Jesus.

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