Sermon Notes: “Three Long Days and Nights” Easter 2009

richard2Three Long Days and Nights by Pastor Daughtridge

Last week we examined the passion drama stage that was chosen by God, the city of Jerusalem. The prophesies that were fulfilled were very detailed. The roller coaster of the human experience that was full of rejection, worship, betrayal, and then a king’s welcome that turned from Hosannas to an angry mob crying, Crucify him! Then we fast forwarded from the moment that he went into Jerusalem on a Donkey Colt to the future next triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We examined the premonitions that Christ must have battled, as God, knowing the future events that would take place. Jesus the man followed well the directions from the Father, living out every atrocity placed on him. He was careful not to compromise a single penalty or punishment that belonged to the human race. Righteousness required Justice.

We have examined Christ’s passion.

John 19:1-3 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. [2] And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, [3] And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

Now let’s experience the moments of the next three days with his followers, the witnesses and even the some victims. Let’s empathize with them what they must have felt.

1.Christ’s traumatized followers?

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

What was finished?

What about his followers?

What the beloved disciples must have thought as they entered into that first of three sleepless nights?

They must have been experiencing over and over the haunting flashbacks of the things that they had heard him say.

What could these things mean?

“I lay my life down.”

“I am Thirsty.”

“You will be with me in paradise.”

“ Thou sayest that I am a king.”

“ To this end was I born”

“ I am the way, the truth, and the life”

“I am the resurrection

“Weep Not for me.”

” I lay down my life for the sheep”

“I will be killed, and after three days rise again.”

“For this is my blood of the new testament”

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Did anything make sense? Was he now dead? Is all hope gone?

2. The Women of the Crucifixion Drama

Mary and Martha
John 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: [26] And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Claudia, Pilate’s unnamed wife. (She was unnamed in the Bible but later identified by historians).
Matthew 27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

Daughters of Jerusalem
Luke 23:28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

Women that followed him from Galilee
Luke 23:49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

Jesus’ mother, Mary the wife of Cleophas, Mary Magdalene
John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

3. Is he dead? Where is He? Should we have a funeral? Many are the questions, but few are answered.

Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Rev. 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Ephes. 4:8-9 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. [9] (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth

4. Days of Doubt, Fear and Funeral Planning

Luke 23:55-56 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. [56] And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Mark 14:15 And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us. (This must be the place they would meet. This part inserted by Pastor)

5.Then it happened. The resurrection.

Luke 24:1-2 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. [2] And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

Luke 24:6-7 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, [7] Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

Three long days and nights are now over. He Lives!, and we were raised with Him.

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