Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
April 5, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Subject
Where is Jesus?
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday April 5, 2015
Where is Jesus ?
“And the angel...said...He is not here for he is risen...” (Matt. 28:5-6 ) “this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven...” ( Acts 1:11 )
The general experiences in living, a times, cause one a 
ponder as to the location of a person who is not in place or 
an object that is out of its usual place. Both of these 
experiences cause quandary, frustration, anxiety, and even 
sleep disturbance. Historically, the most important religious 
question occurred at a tomb of Jesus and on a day that 
has become known as Easter Sunday. According to the 
Bible, an angel - already knowing the women’s question 
regarding the location of Jesus’ body - told them “He is not 
here for he is risen”. That glorious fact will anchor our 
2015 Easter Sermon entitled - Where is Jesus? It will 
encompass the following three dimensions, namely: 
Jesus was aware of impending crucifixion and resurrection, 
human attempts to prevent actions signifying the 
resurrection and ascension, and what document can we 
reliably accept to answer our question - where is Jesus? 
life. 
The question - where is Jesus - has been a recurring 
one throughout his life and even after his resurrection. 
According to Matthew’s account of the nativity, “...there 
came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. Saying, Where 
is he that is born king of the Jews...?”. Twelve years later, 
Joseph and Mary pondered the question of where is Jesus 
when they discovered that he had tarried behind them in 
Jerusalem. The question continued to arise during the 
three and one half years of Jesus’ earthly ministry. 
The disciples, while in a ship being tossed by unruly waves, 
must have thought - where is Jesus because Jesus went to 
them walking on the water. ( Mt. 14:26 ). As Lazarus’s 
life was ebbing way, it is highly probable that his sisters 
wondered where is Jesus?( Jo. 11:3 ). The Roman soldiers 
used Judas to answer their inquiry - where is Jesus? 
( Mt. 26:47-49 ). This is by no means an exhaustive list of 
the persons who wondered where is Jesus. But in this 
sermon is the account of a woman who was not seeking 
the physical Jesus for she knew he had been crucified. 
Instead, her question where is Jesus focused on the 
dead body of Jesus. She inquired of an angel whom she 
thought to be a gardener - where is Jesus? Much to her 
surprise, Mary was told “Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, 
which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the 
place where they laid him” ( Mk. 19:6 ). That glorious 
fact that Jesus is risen leads to the second point of 
the sermon which is attempts to negate, or deny, the 
reality of our Savior’s resurrection. Only three will be 
herein presented. It is that of attempted bribery of the 
Roman soldiers to confess that they were asleep and the 
disciples came and removed the body. There was a major 
flaw in that scheme which was the burial garment of Jesus 
yet lay in the tomb. Moving from just that one attempt to 
deny the resurrection of Jesus, the emphasis will be shift 
to biblical documented facts that coincide with the reality 
of the resurrection. In the interest of time, just two will be 
cited. First, there is the theologically sound argument of 
St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians. He told them 
of the Gospel by which he received certification of the birth, 
death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and posed the 
question, if Christ be not risen from the death, then there 
is no resurrection thereby leave hope, faith, and preaching 
in vain thereby causing humankind to be miserable 
creatures. Although the soundness of Paul’s assertion 
is plausible, the question may yet be posed - where is 
Jesus? Oh, my beloved! the Bible contains the answer; 
it is found in Acts Chapter 1 where it is recorded that after 
forty days as the risen Savior, Jesus gave the promise of 
the Holy Ghost coming up them and afterward he was 
taken up and later two men in white apparel said unto them 
“...Jesus which is taken up into heaven, shall so come in 
like manner...”( 1: 9-11 ). While this Scripture answers the 
question - where is Jesus, it is appropriate to close this 
second phase of the sermon with a statement that Jesus 
made concerning his resurrection as recorded in Rev. 1:18. 
“I am he that liveth, and was dead, and behold, I am alive 
forever more. Amen....” This divine fact leads to the closing 
concern of this sermon. The somber questions is where do 
you stand on the question - where is Jesus?. In pondering 
this question, you will find that renown world historians 
included a second on Hebrew history in which they 
recorded that a person was born and named Jesus. 
They recount some of his actions, they tell of the varied 
opinions of him, they note that he was viewed as an 
adversary to Judaism, they document that he was 
crucified and they end with leaving him in the tomb. 
But thanks be to God, the story of Jesus does not stop 
with human history; it where history books end, there is 
the every present Holy Bible that literally says, take, 
read, and believe in me and you will know that He lives, 
He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! Happy Easter 2015.
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