The Forgotten Piece of the Gospel

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Adam Faughn1 Corinthians 15:1-8

NOTE: This outline is based upon a lesson from brother Dan Winkler, presented at Polishing the Pulpit in 2015. The basic structure is credited to him.

Introduction:

A. We often focus on the events of the cross, then jump to the resurrection. However, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 includes the burial of Jesus as a piece of the Gospel message.
B. In this context, Paul used four words to describe how the message should be shared:
1. “Remind” (or “declare”) = “to make known.” An intellectual connection.
2. “Preached” = “to share something good.”
3. “Delivered” = to give something to compare
4. “Preach” = to herald a message of importance.
C. Part of that is the burial of Jesus. In this lesson, we will examine the events that occurred minutes, hours, and days after Jesus’s death. (Note: Not literal minutes or hours, but simply at His death, then later in the day.)

Body:

A. What Happened Minutes after Jesus Died?

1. Something natural.
a. Jesus “breathed His last” after crying out with a loud voice.
b. We all will die (Hebrews 9:27).
2. Something supra-natural (above and beyond nature)
a. The veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom (literally, “away from the top”)
b. Because of this, we can enter the presence of God (see Hebrews 6:19-20)
3. Something supernatural
a. The earth shook and rocks split. Literally, these happened to the earth and rocks.
b. Reminds us of Exodus 19, where God displayed His glory on Sinai.
4. Something unnatural
a. Pilate was surprised that Jesus died quickly (Mark 15:44),
b. Yet, Jesus held His faculties perfectly through to the end.

B. What Happened Hours after Jesus Died?

1. Possible Regret
a. Joseph of Arimathea was on the Jewish counsel, yet said nothing to keep Jesus from being executed.
b. He expresses remorse (or regret) by (1) buying fine linen, and (2) “taking Jesus down.”
2. Powerful Repentance: Joseph now did show courage (see 2 Corinthians 7:10).
3. Proper Respect
a. Jesus was wrapped in a “clean linen shroud”
b. John 19:39 tells us that 75 pounds of spices were used for anointing.
c. Joseph used his own new tomb (Luke 23:53
4. Personal Relationships
a. Mary Magdalene was there, as was the mother of Jesus
b. They “observed” what was being done
5. I see me there, because I have lacked courage, but Jesus always desires a personal relationship with me.

C. What Happened Days after Jesus Died?

1. “He arose! He arose! Hallelujah, Christ arose!”
2. Peter knew the resurrection, and it was his motivation.
a. 1 Peter 1:3-4, the blessing of an inheritance is due to the resurrection
b. 1 Peter 3:21, the blessings of forgiveness through baptism is possible by the resurrection.

Conclusion:

A. Because of the hope that Jesus gives in overcoming this burial, I can…
1. Live with Certainty,
2. Die with Courage, and
3. Walk with Confidence.
B. Because, one day I will be in the grave, but because Jesus overcame death, I, too, will rise!

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