We have a tradition at our church for Easter with three speakers, each speaking on one day of the Passion of the Christ. These notes are from the Sunday presentation by our pastor.
Text: John 20:15-7
The work on the cross was a process. It was completed @ 43 days later.
The women went to the Tomb to mummify Jesus’ remains. They were intercepted and interrupted during the process…by Jesus! Jesus is hanging around the Tomb, and He reveals Himself to Mary.
There is a difference between resurrection and ascension. Both are essential in securing our salvation.
The definition of resurrection is being raised to a previous state of being, to a former life. This is not a singular event. There are other examples of resurrection in the Bible. Jesus resurrects a little girl, and Lazarus. Elijah resurrects a little boy.
The body has the ability has the ability to spring back top its former state.
Verse 17, Jesus says, “Touch me not,” meaning don’t cling to me.
We should not cling to former things.
Jesus is not impressed with being raised from the dead; He is rather dismissive.
Jesus didn’t just come back, but He came back better.
Illustration: MC Hammer, “You can’t touch this” (smh)
We should hold on to stuff because of what it used to be. Hold on to what is!
Even though He was great in His ministry, He was greater in His mastery.
In John 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus that "you must be born again."
Born again into a new condition.
"I'm not satisfied with what I used to be...I'm pressing on..."
God has cleared Jesus for a higher, exalted place.
Ascension is required....
[FYI: "smh" means shaking my head]