I want to begin this message today by sharing some preliminary verses to the Resurrection story. In Luke 18:27-30 NKJV we find Jesus teaching us two important principles which clarify the sovereign power of God.
First - Jesus teaches us that nothing is impossible with God. We have spent too much time limiting God simply because our faith level is low or because we just don’t believe God is who He is.
Second - Jesus explains our reward. He expresses to us that some reward transpires now and some in the future.
Luke 18:27-30 NKJV
27 But He said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
28 Then Peter said, "See, we have left all and followed You."
29 So He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
30 "who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life."
The next thing Jesus does is to teach us by example about receiving those who are disliked and who have limitations in their physical character.
Luke 19:1-10 NKJV
1 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.
4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house."
6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.
7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner."
8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold."
9 And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;
10 "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
This was a man who knew there was something more to his life than what he was experiencing. When he heard of Jesus, he knew that was the answer. So, he paid the price to get close to the anointing.
Look at v6
1) He made haste,
2) He came down, and
3) He received Him joyfully.
Jesus ministered to Zacchaeus and his friends and then proceeded towards Jerusalem where we find the celebration of “Palm Sunday.” We know then Jesus entered Jerusalem taught daily prior to going to the Upper Room for the Passover Celebration. Luke 19:44 NKJV states “...you did not know the time of your visitation."
Luke 23:33-46 NKJV
33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
34 Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.
35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God."
36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine,
37 and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself."
38 And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us."
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
41 "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."
42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom."
43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into Your hands I commit My spirit.' " Having said this, He breathed His last.
What a tragic end to a young man who seemed to be so up and coming. That was Friday afternoon. It seemed the devil was having his way.
HOWEVER, SUNDAY WAS COMING.
Luke 24:1-6 NKJV
1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
2 But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
3 Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.
5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6 "HE IS NOT HERE, BUT IS RISEN!