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The Great Awakening

Tim Keller |  April 23, 2000

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  • Easter
  • Understanding the Gospel
  • Jesus' Death & Resurrection
Matthew 28:1-20
RS 112-5


This sermon was preached by Timothy J. Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on Apr 23, 2000. Series: St. Matthew’s Passion; The World’s Last Night. Scripture: Matthew 28:1-20

Understanding Matthew 28:1-20

Matthew 28 tells us about Jesus’ resurrection, and it is full of Jesus’ important teachings. These teachings help us understand what the resurrection means. It tells us that Jesus is now in four key places: He’s at the throne of the universe, in the work of the gospel, among His people, and at the end of the world. These places tell us why the resurrection is so important and where Jesus is now.

1. Jesus is at the throne of the universe

After rising from the dead, Jesus has all the power in heaven and on earth. He’s at the right hand of God, a symbol of rule and favor. Stephen, who saw Jesus in this position, wasn’t afraid of death. He knew that Jesus was in control. When we see Jesus as our defender before God, we can live with courage and without fear.

2. Jesus is in the work of the gospel

Jesus promised to be with us when we share His message and make disciples. Even though we can’t see Him, He’s there through His Word. This connection to Jesus, available to everyone, is a deep and powerful experience that’s possible because of the resurrection.

3. Jesus is with His people

Jesus’ resurrection means He’s always with us, especially among believers. Our love for Jesus grows when we share our experiences and insights with other Christians. Seeing Jesus as a living presence, not just a historical figure, helps us to have deeper relationships, a stronger faith, and a closer connection to Him.

4. Jesus is at the end of the world

Jesus’ promise to always be with us means He’s the final chapter in the world’s story. He will make everything right and wipe away all tears. J.R.R. Tolkien called this a “eucatastrophe,” a happy ending that we often overlook. But believing in Jesus’ resurrection changes our stories of loss into victory. It helps us to live without fear, with a deep sense of community, and with a joy that overcomes all sadness.



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