This past weekend at Eastbrook, as we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection, I began a new series entitled “The Beginning of the End.” This series explores the resurrection of Jesus in tandem with some of Jesus’ teaching about the fall of Jerusalem and the end of all time.This weekend I preached out of Matthew 28:1-15 on Jesus’ resurrection setting us free from fear.
This message is from the tenth and final part of our longer journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” “Who Do You Say I Am?“, “‘Tis the Reason,” “Jesus Said What?!“, and “Scandalous Jesus.“
“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid.’” (Matthew 28:5)
Don’t Be Afraid: the night is dark, but a new day has dawned (28:1-4)
The dawn of the new sabbath
The women walking
The earth quaking
The angel appearing
Don’t Be Afraid: death is terrible, but Jesus is risen (28:5-7)
Jesus was crucified
Jesus was buried
Jesus is risen
Don’t Be Afraid: we may experience fear, but Jesus is here (28:8-11)
The women afraid, yet joyful
The message continues
Don’t Be Afraid: we will face opposition, but Jesus has triumphed (28:12-15)
The fear of the guards
The plan of the religious leaders
The critique even unto this day
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Matthew 28:5-7.
- Share with others, both believers and unbelievers, about what Jesus means to you. Pray about who God would have you share with this coming week or month. Don’t just think about this, but actually do it.
- As the weather improves, take a prayer walk around where you live. Pray for those who live near you that God would open their hearts to Jesus in new ways.