From Death to Life / Luke 24:1-7 (Sermon Notes & Audio)

Posted on April 8, 2013


This is the Easter sermon which was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of March 31, 2013. This message looks at the horror of Jesus’ death, and the glory of His resurrection. You will find audio of the sermon, and my sermon notes below. Please note that the notes are not a complete transcript, they are only notes. For the complete message, you should listen to the audio.





From Death to Life / Luke 24:1-7 

Easter is the most precious of all holidays. It commemorates the proof of God’s promise to us.

More people take time out of their regular routines to attend worship services on Easter than any other day.

Easter is so significant because the resurrection is the foundation upon which our faith is built.

Without the resurrection, all would be lost, we would be hopeless.

For none of us is worthy to stand in the presence of Almighty God. “There is none righteous, no not one”.

Praise God for this day.


The scene begins with Jesus celebrating the passover with the disciples.

Matthew 26:20-25

First He would have to be betrayed and arrested, Judas would make sure of that.

Matthew 26:26-29

Prophesying His death, the promise of His return and explaining that His blood would bring forgiveness of sins, Jesus gives instruction to remember Him in this manner.

In fact, the statement that He would drink with them again in His Father’s kingdom, was a promise that His death wouldn’t be permanent.


The next day, Jesus is arrested, tried and ultimately crucified.

Crucifixion itself is a horrible death, but this crucifixion carried with it some extreme torture.

In fact, the Roman soldiers, called lectors, were experts are torture.

They knew how to beat someone to the brink of death, without killing them.

The main component of the torture was flogging. But before the flogging would take place, Jesus would be humiliated by being stripped totally naked.

What exactly is flogging? Its more than being beaten with a whip, though a whip alone would be bad enough.

*“The soldier would use a whip of braided leather thongs with metal balls woven into them.

When the whip would strike the flesh, these balls would cause deep bruises or contusions, which would break open with further blows.

And the whip had pieces of sharp bone as well, which would cut the flesh severely.”

“The back would be so shredded that part of the spine was sometimes exposed by the deep, deep cuts.

The whipping would have gone all the way from the shoulders down to the back, the buttocks, and the back of the legs. It was just terrible.”

‘As the flogging continued, the lacerations would tear into the underlying skeletal muscles and produce quivering ribbons of bleeding flesh.’

A third-century historian by the name of Eusebius described a flogging by saying, ‘The sufferer’s veins were laid bare, and the very muscles, sinews, and bowels of the victim were open to exposure.’

The victim would often experience tremendous pain and go into hypovolemic shock.”

“Hypo means ‘low,’ vol refers to volume, and emic means ‘blood,’ so hypovolemic shock means the person is suffering the effects of losing a large amount of blood,”

“This does four things. First, the heart races to try to pump blood that isn’t there; second, the blood pressure drops, causing fainting or collapse;

third, the kidneys stop producing urine to maintain what volume is left; and fourth, the person becomes very thirsty as the body craves fluids to replace the lost blood volume.”

“He would have been laid down, and his wrists would have been nailed in the outstretched position to the horizontal beam.

This crossbar was called the patibulum, and at this stage it was separate from the vertical beam, which was permanently set in the ground.”

“The Romans used spikes that were five to seven inches long and tapered to a sharp point. They were driven through the wrists,”

the nail would go through the place where the median nerve runs.

This is the largest nerve going out to the hand, and it would be crushed by the nail that was being pounded in.”

Imagine the pain you feel when you accidentally hit your funny bone.

Now imagine taking a pair of pliers and squeezing and crushing that nerve,” “That effect would be similar to what Jesus experienced.”

“The pain was absolutely unbearable, In fact, it was literally beyond words to describe; they had to invent a new word: excruciating. Literally, excruciating means ‘out of the cross.’

“At this point Jesus was hoisted as the crossbar was attached to the vertical stake, and then nails were driven through Jesus’ feet.

Again, the nerves in his feet would have been crushed, and there would have been a similar type of pain.”

his arms would have immediately been stretched, probably about six inches in length, and both shoulders would have become dislocated.

Psalm 22:1, 14

In order to exhale a person would have to push up with their feet.

“Once a person is hanging in the vertical position, crucifixion is essentially an agonizingly slow death by asphyxiation.

“After managing to exhale, the person would then be able to relax down and take another breath in.

Again he’d have to push himself up to exhale, scraping his bloodied back against the coarse wood of the cross.

This would go on and on until complete exhaustion would take over, and the person wouldn’t be able to push up and breathe anymore.

“As the person slows down his breathing, he goes into what is called respiratory acidosis—the carbon dioxide in the blood is dissolved as carbonic acid, causing the acidity of the blood to increase.

This eventually leads to an irregular heartbeat. In fact, with his heart beating erratically, Jesus would have known that he was at the moment of death, which is when he was able to say, ‘Lord, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ And then he died of cardiac arrest.”

Before He died, the hypovolemic shock would have caused a sustained rapid heart rate that would have contributed to heart failure, resulting in the collection of fluid in the membrane around the heart, called a pericardial effusion, as well as around the lungs, which is called a pleural effusion. ”

This accounts for the water and blood that poured out when Jesus’ side was pierced.

*Strobel, Lee (2009-12-15). The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection. Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

There should be no doubt that Jesus was truly dead when He was laid in the tomb.

Luke 24:1-7

The resurrection is central to the Gospel.

1 Corinthians 15:14-19

Because of the resurrection, we have hope beyond this life, and into eternity.

His blood forgave our sins, but His resurrection gave us the promise and hope of eternal life.

Because of the resurrection, we have reason to celebrate!

Many would try to dismiss or disprove there resurrection, yet nobody really doubts that the tomb was empty. The question is why was it empty.

It would have been a certain medical impossibility for Jesus to survive the crucifixion, and fake His death.

Guards were placed at the tomb (by the Roman authorities), to ensure that nobody could steal the body and fake a resurrection.

Matthew 27:62-66


They touched Jesus

John 20:27

They ate and drank with Jesus. In fact, on one occasion, Jesus cooked them breakfast. Can a spirit do that?

John 21:9, 12

The reason the tomb is empty, is because Jesus was miraculously resurrected.

He is a living God, a living Savior, who ALWAYS lives to make intercession.

Hebrews 7:25

What better reason to we have to celebrate, than that of a living savior?

He died once, never having to die again. His one death was sufficient.

Romans 6:10

He now lives, and He lives for God. Do you live for Him?