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Apr 07, 2019

The Fourth Miracle--The Opened Tombs

Passage: Matthew 27:51-53

Preacher: Pastor Tim W. Young

Series: The Miracles of Calvary

Category: Matthew


Main Text - Matthew 27:51-53; OT Readings - Genesis 23:1-20; Exodus 20:1-17 (Communion Sunday)


The Miracles of Calvary - #4 – The Opened Tombs - 4/7/2019

Matthew 27:51-53 (ESV) 51  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52  The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,


The Opened Tomb Forecast the End of Cemeteries Because it Forecast the End of Death


  1. “TOMBS?” Why Do We Have Tombs?


  1. What is a tomb? Is not a silly question


  1. Why is a tomb a special place?

                              1 Kings 13:21-22

                              2 Chron. 21:20    24:25     28:27     32:33


               Why is the tomb a proper place or is it?

                              Gen 15:15

                              Deut 34:5-6

                              1 Cor 15:4

                              1 Sam 31:12 – Sual and sons bodies burned….but bones buried!


  1. “OPENED?” Why Do We Keep Tombs Closed?


  1. A tomb is closed for some very good resons.


  1. To protect the living from defilement before God

                                             Num 19:11-16

                                             Mat 23:27


  1. To protect the living from the discomfort and disease

                                             Lev. 13-14

                                             John 11:38-39


  1. To protect and honor the body of the deceased loved one.

                                             Gen 23

                                             Gen 35:9, 13-14, 19-20

                                             2 Kings 23:16-18

                                             Rev. 11:8-9


III. “ALSO WERE”? Why Were These Tombs Opened?


  1. This is an alarming event


  1. To find the meaning ask “What was God doing at the cross?”

                              Mat 8:28

                              Heb 2:15

                              1 Cor 15:54-57

                              Heb 2:14


  1. What does the tomb mean to you?