THE CONQUEST OF THE KING
Intro: The King of heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to this world from
glory for one purpose: He came to die for the lost, Luke 19:10. God entered
this world as a helpless infant, so that He might become the redeemer of
men. By the time we arrive at Luke 24, the King has accomplished His
purpose. Just a few days before the events recorded in this text, the King,
Jesus, has been unjustly and unlawfully condemned by the very people He
came to save. Those same people have conspired and labored to see Him
crucified. With that done, they are confident that He is gone forever.
However, through His death, He accomplished His mission in coming tot his
world. The very thing they thought would rid the world of Jesus of Nazareth
forever, was the very thing that allowed Him to accomplish His purpose in
Today, we have not gathered in this place to mourn the death of Jesus,
as tragic as it was. We have not gathered to discuss the illegalities of the
case against Him and of the trial that condemned Him. We have not
gathered here to vilify those who made it their mission to destroy Him. We
have gathered here on this resurrection Sunday to celebrate His victory!
You see, we don’t worship a dead man as do the adherents of every other
major religion in the world! No, our Savior lives and we are here this
morning to celebrate His conquest over death and the grave for us.
I want us to travel back to Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. It is early
in the morning. Dawn is just beginning to break over the still quiet and
sleeping city. A tiny group of frightened women make their way through
their twisting streets, headed toward a graveyard to perform one last labor
of love for the One they believed would be their redeemer. While Jerusalem
slept, events were taking place that morning that would echo through the
halls of time for all eternity. Man didn’t realize, but the King of Kings and the
Lord of Lords was waging war on their behalf. Let’s look in on these events
and think for a while about The Conquest Of The King.
I. THE ASTONISHMENT AT THE TOMB
A. The Soldiers Were Astonished - Matt. 27:62-66; 28:4, 11-15 -
These men were there to guard the tomb. They would have placed
a cord over the stone and sealed it with a Roman seal. Anyone who
broke that seal would have been in defiance of the Roman
government! These men were there to guard a tomb, and they
would do so even if it meant their deaths! These men would have
been executed had they been found to be derelict in their duties.
They had been warned that His disciples might come to take away
His body, but nobody had warned them that angels would come and
open that tomb. In the presence of the angels, those tough, crack
troops fainted dead away!
B. The Saints Were Astonished - On the way to the tomb, this little
group of women had debated among themselves how they would go
about removing the stone from the door of the tomb, Mark 16:3.
These stones weighed somewhere between 2000 and 3500 pounds!
It would have been utterly impossible for them to have moved it by
themselves! Yet, when they arrive at the tomb, the stone is already
rolled away. More than that, the language seems to indicate that the
stone was totally removed from where it should have been and was
in a place by itself! That alone was astonishing! (Ill. Imagine the
shock of going to the cemetery to place flowers on a loved ones
grave and finding the grave opened and the vault and casket empty!)
What was even more astonishing was the fact that the body of
the Lord was missing! They know He was dead when they left Him
here, they had seen it with their own eyes, Luke 23:55. These
women had watched Jesus die just a couple of days before. They
had seen blood and water run out of His side when it was pierced by
the Roman soldier, John 19:31-37. They had seen Him dead, now
He is missing! They had spend the intervening days preparing
embalming spices to put on His body, now it is gone. Dead men do
not just get up and walk away! Yet, His body is gone! Luke tells us
that they were “perplexed”. This word means “to be at a loss”
(Note: The only ones at the tomb who were not surprised were the
C. Satan Was Astonished - The Bible doesn’t record this, but I am
sure the resurrection caught the devil off guard! I don’t think he
planned for this when he made every effort to bring about the death
of Jesus Christ. But, he shouldn’t have been surprised! After all, he
should have remembered the identity of Jesus. He is the Creator.
He is the Prince of Life. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of
glory. None of the obstacles there that day stood in His way. He did
not hesitate to violate the law of Rome. He was not afraid of a few
Roman soldiers. He was not even bound by the fearsome power of
death! He certainly didn’t bow in defeat before the devil! He
overcame every single obstacle to walk out of that tomb in victory
over death and its power!
(Note: People are still astonished when they hear of the resurrection!
Men have sought for 2,000 years to disprove the documentation
regarding the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. You see, if the
resurrection can be done away with, then Christianity falls like a house
of cards! The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the linchpin of
Christianity. The only thing that separates Jesus from any other founder
of any world religion or movement is not His death, it is His resurrection!
According to the Bible, Christianity stands or falls on the reality of the
resurrection, 1 Cor. 15:12-19.)
II. THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE TOMB
A. God knew that men would never grasp the significance or the reality
of the resurrection. So, He sent angelic messengers to tell those
who came to look for he body that Jesus was risen from the dead.
B. When the angel spoke, he first challenged their faith. He asks them
a question that was designed to get their attention: “Why are you
looking for a living man among dead men?” He is saying, you
won’t find the Prince of Life in a cemetery!
C. The next words of this angel must have been like a thunderclap
within the souls of these women: “He is not here, but it risen.”
Those last three words, “He is risen”, changed the world forever!
Though they didn’t understand it all then, and we still don’t
understand it all today, life would never be the same after Jesus
arose from the dead. When He died on the cross, He paid the sin
debt of fallen man. He had satisfied the just demands of God
relating to sin. Now, through His blood, man could be forgiven. But,
when He rose from the dead, He forever conquered the power of
death and opened the door to eternal life for all who believe on Him.
Because He arose, death has no more power over the redeemed -
1 Cor. 15:55-57.
III. THE ABSENCE AT THE TOMB
(Note: If you remove the fainting soldiers and forget about the frightened
women, and if you ignore the angelic messengers and the fact that the
stone is removed from the door, the most astonishing thing about this
whole event is the fact that the very person who should have been there
wasn’t! Jesus, the man Who died just three days earlier is gone! His
absence that morning speaks volumes to our hearts today.)
A. It Was The Fulfillment Of Prophecy - It should have surprised no
one that He was gone, after all, the Old Testament prophet predicted
that it would happen, Psa. 16:10. Even before His death on the
cross, Jesus Himself had predicted His death and His resurrection,
v. 6-7; Luke 9:22; Luke 18:32-33. Perhaps that’s why the angel
seems to be chiding these women somewhat about why they are
even at the tomb. Had they believed everything He said, they would
have known that He would rise again.
B. It Was The Finalizing Of A Plan - A dead Savior saves no one! If
Jesus had remained in the grave, His death would have been
pointless and futile. Had He not risen from the dead, God’s plan to
save humanity from their sins would have failed! But, because He
did rise from the dead, He still lives today to save all who will come
to Him by faith, Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:33-39.
(Note: Thank God He lives, because a living Saviour can hear you.
He can see you, Pro. 15:3. He can comfort you, Heb. 4:15. He can
help you, 1 Pet. 5:7. He can be there with you, Heb. 13:5.)
(Note: Because Jesus Christ got up from the dead, you and I have
hope this morning. You see, He is the “first fruits” from the dead,
1 Cor. 15:20-23. That is, He is the first and he stands as the
promise that there is more to follow! One of these days, all those
who are saved by grace will exit their graves because He lives! One
day, some of those who believe in Him will bypass their graves
because He lives! Because He lives, His people have the dynamic
of life working in them right now, John 6:40; John 17:3! We are as
eternally alive right now as we ever will be!)
Conc: I don’t know how He did it. I don’t understand the workings and
power of deity. I do not understand how God could put on human flesh, live
in this world, be rejected by His Own people and still die for them on the
cross. I do not understand how this same God could accomplish His once
for all victory over death through His resurrection. But, I don’t have to
understand it to benefit from it! While I may not can comprehend what He
did for me and why, I choose to believe it! When the King was condemned,
He was condemned for me! When the King died, He was dying for me.
When the King arose from the dead, He was rising for me!
What is even more astounding is that when I received Him by faith I
learned that I was in Him when He went through all those things. When He
was condemned, I was condemned. When He died, I died. When He
arose, I arose too! Because King Jesus waged war on sin and death and
won a mighty victory and then arose from the dead in triumph over all His
foes, I get to enjoy His conquest! The conquest of the King! It was more
than just for Him. It was more than just for me. It was a conquest for all
those who will receive Him by faith!