This Easter Sunday sermon was preached by Tom O’Toole at Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 21st April 2019.
This sermon was based on Matthew 28:1-10.
1Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
- The way Matthew introduces the resurrection points to the creation story.
- God created the world good, but it was broken.
- God promised a new creation.
- The resurrection is the beginning of God’s new creation.
- The angel draws attention to the fact that Jesus was crucified.
- He also invited them to see the empty tomb.
- Jesus appeared alive to them – and to many others.
- These three things can only be explained by the resurrection.
- Christianity stands and falls on the fact that Jesus is alive.
- The first response was fear. This is entirely understandable.
- Fear gives way to joy – Tolkien calls the resurrections the ‘eucatastrophe’.
- They grab hold of his feet – they want to be close to him.
- They worship him. The resurrection clearly shows just who Jesus is.
- They spread the news that Jesus is Alive.