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Triumphant Love
Matthew 28:1-7

Sermon Notes
Dr. James “Butch” Tanner

Matthew 28:1-7 (NASB)—Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the
first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the
grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord
descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his
appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook
for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be
afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not
here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go
quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going
ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
Jesus’ determined love led to the ultimate sacrifice and then revealed the greatest
triumph ever known. He arose from the dead. The Lord exhibited authority and
power. However, today there are some who question whether the event is even real.
Let’s look at four questions to see if we can better understand the event of the
To have a clear understanding of the resurrection you need to know:
1. Did Jesus really _____?
Documents offering evidence of Jesus’ death:
Author of Hebrews
Cornelius Tacitus
Flavius Josephus
The Jewish Talmud
Mara Bar-Seripion of Syria
Lucian of Somosata

Disciple, eyewitness
Disciple, eyewitness
Disciple, eyewitness
Disciple, eyewitness
Apostle, eyewitness
Disciple, eyewitness
May be Luke
Roman historian
Jewish historian
Jewish writings
Prisoner writing son
Greek satirist


Approximate Date
40-60 A.D.
45-60 A.D.
57-62 A.D.
55-65 A.D.
50-58 A.D.
61-64 A.D.
60-67 A.D.
55-120 A.D.
37-97 A.D.
70-200 A.D.
about 70 A.D.
100-200 A.D.