@ReadingSpurgeon: Matthew 28:6 – The Tomb of Jesus (NPSP1S18)
“Every circumstance connected with the life of Christ is deeply interesting to the Christian mind. Whenever we behold our Saviour, He is well worthy of our notice.” In this sermon on Matthew 28:6 – “Come, see the place where the Lord lay” – C. H. Spurgeon invites us to stand at the tomb and hear truths that will comfort and instruct us, “so that we may say of the grave of Jesus when we go away, “It was none other than the gate of heaven.”
He has 4 headings:
I. An invitation given
Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Because it is the tomb of your best friend, for the angels bid you, it is a pure and healthy place – “Corruption Jesus never saw. No worms ever devoured His flesh. No rottenness ever entered into His bones. He saw no corruption. Three days He slumbered, but not long enough to putrefy” – and it is a quiet spot.
“Fear not to enter that tomb.”
II. Attention Requested
Notice that the tomb we enter is a costly tomb. Though Christ’s body suffered until He had completed His great work. The moment He had finished, “God said, “No more shall that body be disgraced. If it is to sleep, let it slumber in an honourable grave…. for now His Father loved and honoured him, since his work was done.”
It is a borrowed tomb. “I take it not to dishonour Christ, but in order to show that as His sins were borrowed sins so His burial was in a borrowed grave.”
It is a tomb cut in a rock. Sin was buried here, “buried never to have a resurrection.”
It is a tomb no man had ever lain. “When Christ was born, He lay in a virgin’s womb and when He died He was placed in a virgin tomb. He slept where never man had slept before… The reason was that none might say that another person rose.”
And as to why the grave clothes are folded up? “Jesus Christ leisurely awoke, took of His grave clothes, left them all behind Him, and came forth in His pure and naked innocence, perhaps to show us that as clothes are the offspring of sin, when sin was atoned for by Christ, He left all raiment behind Him, for garments are the badges of guilt.”
III. Emotion Excited
How should we look upon the tomb where Jesus lay?
With great sorrow. Our sin killed Him who has loved us with an everlasting love.
With joy and gladness. “He does not lie there now. Your guilt has murdered Him, but His righteousness has restored Him.”
With solemn awe. “For you and I will have to lay there too.”
IV. Instruction Imparted
What are we to learn from this?
We learn of Christ’s divinity. “The dead in Christ shall rise first at the resurrection, but He who rose first, their Leader, rose in a different fashion. They rise by imparted power. He rose by His own. He could not slumber in the grave, because He was God.”
We learn of our acquittal. “If Jesus had not paid the debt, He would ne’er had risen from the grave.”
We learn of our resurrection. “Jesus rose and as the Lord our Saviour rose, so all His followers must rise.” As His same body rose, so shall mine.
“Death – what is it? It is the waiting room where we robe ourselves for immortality.”