The Empty Tomb
Topic: Jesus Passage: Matthew 28:1–28:10, Matthew 28:16–28:20
1. Have you ever heard of something that sounded so amazing that you had to go and see it for yourself? If it truly lived up to your expectation, then what were you inclined to do? Now think of the cross and the empty tomb. What is so amazing about them? Consider these two truths: Christ died for the sins of the world on the cross and Christ resurrected from the dead. Why are these truths so important?
2. History tells us clearly that Jesus Christ lived, had disciples, suffered at the hands of Pontius Pilate and was ultimately crucified. The New Testament makes the claim that Jesus was then placed in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea and on that Sunday morning Christ rose from the dead. What evidence do we have from history that Christ rose from the dead? (Think about the difference in who the disciples were prior to the cross and after. Who was the first to report the resurrection? How does that support the historic nature of it? Is the New Testament a historical document?)
3. Jesus appeared to many people over the course of the forty days after His resurrection from the dead. One of those appearances took place on a mountain in Galilee. Jesus delivered what is known as the “Great Commission.” In your own words describe that commission. How does it relate to your life? How can we, as Christians, Come and see and Go and Tell?
4. At the end of the service Pastor Chris made it a point to emphasize that communion is something specifically for believers. In your own words, what does communion symbolize? Why is it for believers only? How did it make you feel that some might have been excluded from communion? What else is missing from a person’s life if they do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?