72 Hours: The Tree to the Grave
Luke 24:1–3 (KJV) Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
*The Bible begins with a fight between light and darkness- Genesis 1:1–4 (NLT) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.
*John 1:1–5 (NLT) In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
*When Jesus was born it was said- Luke 2:32 (NLT) He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
*30 Years Later– Matthew 4:15–16 (NLT) “In the land of Zebulun and of Naphtali, beside the sea, beyond the Jordan River, in Galilee where so many Gentiles live, 16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.”
Fast Forward 31/2 years- it appears as if darkness is going to win out. But why darkness is facing Jesus- light is streaming into the world.
Barabbas- – Mark 15:8–11 (NLT) The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual. 9 “Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked. 10 (For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.) 11 But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus.
*The Walk- Matthew 27:27–31 (NLT) Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire regiment. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29 They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. 31 When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.
Genesis 3:17–18 (NLT) And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. 18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.
Genesis 22:13 (NLT) Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son.
Romans 8:19–21 (NLT) For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.
- *Two are Better than One- Mark 15:21 (NLT) A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus.)
Connect Group- We need each other to carry our crosses.
- *The Place of the Skull- Matthew 27:33 (NLT) And they went out to a place called Golgotha (which means “Place of the Skull”).
Genesis 3:15 (KJV) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
1 Samuel 17:48–49 (NLT) As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.
Romans 14:11 (NLT) For the Scriptures say, “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance praise to God.’ ”
1 Samuel 17:51 (KJV) Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
Ephesians 1:22 (KJV) And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
*1 Samuel 17:54 (NLT) (David took the Philistine’s head to Jerusalem, but he stored the man’s armor in his own tent.)
*The Cross- John 19:18 (NLT) There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them.
- Tree of Life- 1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Genesis 2:9 (KJV) And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Deception is the enemies attack on you- making you question or believe a lie.
- *Naked an Afraid- Matthew 27:35 (NLT) After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
*Genesis 2:25 (NLT) Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
*Genesis 3:7 (NLT) At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
- *Grace on the Cross- Luke 23:41–43 (NLT) We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
- *Forgiveness- Luke 23:34 (NLT)Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
- *Lonely- Matthew 27:46 (NLT) At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
Psalm 22:1 (NLT) My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
- *It is Finished- John 19:30 (NLT) When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
Heb 10:12-13 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
He only stands during your sacrifice- Acts 7:55-56 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Genesis 2:2 (NLT) On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.
- *A New Way Made- Matthew 27:50–51 (NLT) Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart,
Hebrews 10:19–20 (NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.
- *Relationship- John 19:34 (NLT) One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out.
Genesis 2:21–23 (NLT) So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. 23 “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’ ”
*The Grave- Luke 23:50–53 (NLT) Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, 51 but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. 52 He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock.
Isaiah 53:9 (NLT) He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave.
- *Dressed for Death- Leviticus 16:4 (NLT)He must put on his linen tunic and the linen undergarments worn next to his body. He must tie the linen sash around his waist and put the linen turban on his head. These are sacred garments, so he must bathe himself in water before he puts them on.
Linen is the righteousness of the saints- Revelation 19:8 (NLT) She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.
- The Ark and His Mercy Seat- John 20:11-12 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
- Atonement- Hebrews 9:11–12 (NLT) So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. 12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
Lev. 16:14 And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.
The Seven Points of Blood on the Cross– The Head, The Back, The Two Feet, The Two Hands and His Side.
*Proximity- Luke 23:49 (NLT) But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.
- Simons’ Family- Mark 15:21 (NLT) A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus.)
- The Thief- Luke 23:40–43 (NLT) But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
- Roman Officer- Luke 23:47–48 (NLT) When the Roman officer overseeing the execution saw what had happened, he worshiped God and said, “Surely this man was innocent.” 48 And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow.
- *Jesus Followers- Matthew 28:1–2 (NLT) Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.
The soldier believed, the theif believed, Simon believed why did Mary go to the grave to put spices and the disciples couldn’t be found.