Real Life: Jesus’ resurrection

This past weekend at Eastbrook, as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus our Messiah, we paused our series “Becoming Real” on the Sermon on the Mount, and turned to Matthew 28:1-10.

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)

  • Sabbath rest
  • The women
  • 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

Dig Deeper

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.

Unbelievable Words

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.]

A King and His Kingdom (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “A King and His Kingdom,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series “The Kingdom Life.” The text for this week is from Luke 24:1-12.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is your favorite memory of Easter time?
  2. 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.
  3. What do you notice about the women from 24:1-9 and 22-23?
  4. What do the two figures, later called ‘angels’ (24:23), say to the women (24:5-7)?
  5. What sort of impact does it have on the women?
  6. 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)?
  7. Why do you think they responded in that way? How might you have responded if you were in their situation?
  8. 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?
  9. Which group of people do you relate to more in their response to the resurrection: the women, the disciples, or Peter? Why?
  10. 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

A King and His Kingdom (Easter)

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.

You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, you are welcome to join in with the daily reading plan for this series.


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