Do You Share The Good News? Matt. 28:1-10, 16-20 April 16, 2006

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Introduction

       We need to remember the Gospel is good news. It always has been and always will be good news. At times I need to remind myself I am sharing good news! Some reject the message we share but that doesn’t change the fact; we share good news. A changed life occurs when people acknowledge Christ as Lord, and His Spirit comes to live in them. Easter Sunday focuses on the resurrection, but so does every Lord’s Day. So, Do You Share The Good News?

 

1.   Share the Good News With An . . Inspired Motivation. 28:1-7

       A.   Inspired by the . . Action of God. 28:1-2a

1 After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and

       the other Mary went to view the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a violent earthquake,

 

       B.   Inspired by the . . Angel of God. 28:2b-3

“. . . because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached [the tomb]

       He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his

       robe was as white as snow.

 

       C.   Inspired by the . . Affect To The Guards. 28:4

4 The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men.

 

       D.   Inspired by the . . Announcement of the Angels. 28:5-7

5 But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking

       for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said.

       Come and see the place where He lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has

       been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him

       there.’ Listen, I have told you.”


       Have you ever lived where an earthquake shook the area of your home? It is a strange feeling, and one you know man did not cause. As the two Marys went to the tomb of Jesus the earth shook. They felt the earth move under their feet as an angel descended and rolled back the tombstone. Have you heard he did not move the stone for Jesus to get out, but for the ladies to get in the tomb. The affect to the guards added inspiration to the ladies, and later I think they laughed at the reaction of the guards, these men shook, and did not know why, then looked like dead men. Why did the angel sit on the stone? Did he want a ringside seat for all the happenings? He sat on the tombstone and used it as a pulpit to announce further instructions to the ladies.


 

2.   Share the Good News With An . . Informed Motivation. 28:8-10 

       A.   The . . Service Of Informed Motivation. 28:8

8 So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell His disciples the news.


 

       B.   The . . Surprises Of Informed Motivation. 28:9-10

9 Just then Jesus met them and said, “Good morning!” They came up, took hold of His

       feet, and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My

       brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.”


       The ladies knew the information they received needed to be shared quickly, and they were eager to be of service to their Lord. They implemented their service with a mixture of fear and joy. Then Jesus added surprise as all of a sudden He appeared and said “good morning!” Ladies have you noted this is the second time the Lord appeared, and both appearances were to women?

I heard a lady say “we women were the last at the cross, and the first at the resurrection.” I think the Lord enjoyed surprising the two Marys, Could there be an element of humor in the words “good morning?”

 

3.   Share the Good News With An . . International Motivation. 28:16-20 

       A.   An International Motivation from the . . Adoration of Christ. 28:16-17

16 The 11 disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them.

       17 When they saw Him, they worshiped, but some doubted.

 

       B.   An International Motivation from the . . Assurance of Christ. 28:18a

18 Then Jesus came near and said to them,

 

       C.   An International Motivation from A . . Authority of Christ. 28:18b-20

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make

       disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the

       Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And

       remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


       The Southern Baptist Convention calls their ministry outside North America the International Mission Board. We are motivated to share Christ with our world because of our acceptance of Christ. The disciples went to Galilee because of their acceptance of Christ. He conveyed to them a message to meet Him there, and some expected to see Him, but some doubted. Christ appeared and gave these disciples assurance speaking to them as they expressed their adoration. Following this encounter He expressed His authority in giving what we call The Great Commission. We are to make disciples before we baptize, and then give additional teaching. Because He gave this commission we can answer “Yes” to the question, Do You Share The Good News? Amen? Amen!