This passage tells the first part of the resurrection narrative, with the angel addressing Mary Magdalene and the other Mary before they first encounter the risen Jesus.
You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire “Becoming Real” series here, as well as the devotional that accompanies the series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.” (Matthew 28:1)
The Dawning of Real Life (28:1)
The work already begun…Jesus is already gone from the tomb
Announcing Real Life (28:2-7)
The angel’s appearance
The angel’s message:
Jesus was crucified
Jesus is risen
Go and share the message
Encountering Real Life (28:8-10)
“Afraid yet filled with joy”
Bowing down to touch and worship
Go and share the message
Living Real Life
The living message of Christ
The unlikely who live with Christ
The charge to share the living message of Christ
This week dig deeper into Jesus’ resurrection in one or more of the following ways:
Consider memorizing Matthew 28:18-20 this week.
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 it, 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.
Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. (Luke 24:12a)
unbelievable words move me,
send my heart shivering.
could this be what He meant,
or is it the nonsense of grieving hearts?
in that reeling moment,
suddenly i am running to the tomb,
leaning in, and looking at the
empty linen strips.
His body gone, but no angels for me;
none for me who left Him to die.
i feel so alone and confused,
like a soul in exile from the world.
what can all this mean?
what did Jesus mean?
were these all unbelievable words?
[This is the eighth in a group of original poems composed for Holy Week.]
This weekend we celebrate Easter and begin a new series entitled “The Kingdom Life.” We focus on Luke 24:1-12 this week. Begin your study in prayer, asking God to speak to you as you study His word. Then read that passage out loud.
What do you notice about the women from 24:1-9 and 22-23?
What do the two figures, later called ‘angels’ (24:23), say to the women (24:5-7)?
What sort of impact does it have on the women?
When they return to the Eleven (apostles minus Judas) and the others gathered with them in Jerusalem, what is the disciples’ response to the message of the women (24:9-11)?
Why do you think they responded in that way? How might you have responded if you were in their situation?
Peter rushes to the tomb to see for himself (24:12). What about Peter’s experience with Jesus may have led him to do this?
Which group of people do you relate to more in their response to the resurrection: the women, the disciples, or Peter? Why?
What is one way that God is speaking to you personally about the resurrection of Jesus through this study? If you’re on your own, write it down and share it with someone later. If you are with a small group, discuss this together.
Daily Reading Plan
To encourage us together in our growth with God, we arranged a daily reading plan through this series. You can also join in with the daily devotional here. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.
Saturday, Apr 15 Luke 22:66-23:56
Sunday, Apr 16 Luke 24:1-12
Monday, Apr 17 Matthew 28:1-7
Tuesday, Apr 18 Mark 15:42-47
Wednesday, Apr 19 John 20:1-9
Thursday, Apr 20 Acts 2:22-36
Friday, Apr 21 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Saturday, Apr 22 Luke 24:13-35
This weekend at Eastbrook Church we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus and began a new series, “The Kingdom Life,” which corresponds with our Lenten journey to the Cross. This first message in the series is entitled “A King and His Kingdom” and looks at Luke’s resurrection narrative from Luke 24:1-12.