Because the women who found the Tomb empty forgot how Jesus had predicted his own death and resurrection, they were puzzled about what happened to his body. But behind the problem they faced lies a deeper mystery: what does it mean that Christ was raised from the dead? And what does it mean for us today? Pastor Luke looks at 1 Corinthians 15:19–26 in “It’s a Start.”
Talk It Over
OPEN. 1. For Easter dinner, do you prefer ham, lamb, or something else?
UNPACK. Read Luke 24: 1-12.
2. If you had to use one word to describe what happened at the tomb on Easter morning, what would it be? Why?
3. If you had gone to the tomb with the women to the tomb, why might you might have been jumpy? As you picture the story, did the two men appear while the women were still in the tomb or when they came out? Would their appearance make the men more or less frightening?
4. Read Luke 8:1–3. Why did these strange men expect the women to remember the predictions Jesus made about his Resurrection?
5. What would it take to convince you today that someone had been raised from the dead? (Imagine that you had gone to put flowers on the grave.) What kind of evidence would be compelling enough that you could convince someone who hadn’t gone to the grave?
6. Are people today more cynical than people in Bible times? Why didn’t the apostles believe the women? Would you have? Why or why not?
7. Read 1 Corinthians 15: 19–26. What according to Paul, does Jesus’ resurrection give to those who trust him? When? How?
APPLY. 8. Peter went to the tomb even though he didn’t believe the women. What can people do today to find answers to their questions about Jesus?
9. Paul discusses how the Resurrection doesn’t just give hope for this life (1 Corinthians 15: 19–26), but for the life to come. List some ways the Resurrection does give hope for this life. Which of them would be most helpful to you now?