READ: MATTHEW 27:50-53


50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs after Jesusʼ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.



Read: Devotional


About a year ago, a couple of our grandchildren—David (17) and Karen (15)—persuaded us to watch a television series called “THE WALKING DEAD.” It’s about zombies, not my usual cup of tea. I don’t like to be scared or grossed out. We watched several seasons and now tonight, new episodes begin. Karen and I are driving down to Lynchburg to watch the season premiere, even though it will start at the late hour of 9:00 p.m., well past my bedtime.


Resurrection is one of the great themes of the Bible. The first historic mention of the idea is found in the oldest part of the Bible—the book of Job: “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27 NKJV)


I’ve heard sermons about resurrection in the days of Elijah and Elisha. I’ve heard sermons about the daughter of Jarius and about friend of Jesus named Lazarus. But I’ve never heard one, much less preached one about a curious and mysterious event around the time of our Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection. 


It’s only mentioned in one of the gospels—the book of Matthew. And it reminds us that our Lord’s resurrection was only the beginning of great things.





  • Why is it important to believe in the actual bodily resurrection of Jesus?

  • How were people “saved” before Jesus came into the world?

  • Will we know each other in heaven?





I Corinthians 15:12-58

Ephesians 4:7-10

I Peter 3:18-22







Pastor Stokes' Sermon notes






        See: Matthew 27:50-53 (NIV)

        See: Ephesians 4:7-10 (NIV)




  • Over the Law


        Hebrews 10:19-22 (NIV)


  • Over the Earth
  • Over Death and the Grave


        See: I Corinthians 15:35-49 (NIV)