"Rising from the Dead is No Joke" (1 Corinthians 15:12-22)

Sermon Date: 
Apr 01 2018
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SERMON NOTES - The below is a summary for your spiritual reflection and further study.

HEARING FROM GOD
Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-22
How is God speaking to you through these verses? (Write it down)

DID JESUS REALLY RISE UP FROM THE DEAD?
Many, including Christians surveyed in American and in Great Britain, do not believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. One survey commissioned by the BBC drew quite the attention when they declared how 25% of British Christians reject the resurrection and 31% don’t believe in life after death.

WHAT DID JESUS SAY?
"I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (John 11:25)

IS THERE EVIDENCE?
The former atheist, J. Warner Wallace (Professional Detective) was on the case seeking evidence for the resurrection.

At minimal we start off with 4 historically facts:
1. Jesus died on the cross and was buried.
2. Jesus’s tomb was empty, and no one ever produced His body.
3. Jesus’s disciples believed that they saw Jesus resurrected from the dead.
4. Jesus’s disciples were transformed following their alleged resurrection observations.

Detective Wallace elaborates further revealing the following findings:
1. Many first-century and early second-century unfriendly Roman sources (i.e., Thallus, Tacitus, Mara Bar-Serapion, and Phlegon) and Jewish sources (i.e., Josephus and the Babylonian Talmud) affirmed and acknowledged that Jesus was crucified and died.

2. The Roman guards faced death if they allowed a prisoner to survive crucifixion. Would they really be careless enough to remove a living person from a cross?

3. Jesus would have to control His blood loss from the beatings, crucifixion, and stabbing in order to survive, yet He was pinned to the cross and unable to do anything that might achieve this.

4. Jesus displayed wounds following the resurrection but was never observed to behave as though He was wounded, in spite of the fact that He appeared only days after His beating, crucifixion, and stabbing.

5. Jesus disappeared from the historical record following His reported resurrection and ascension and was never sighted again (as one might expect if He recovered from His wounds and lived much beyond the young age of thirty-three).

We also know Jesus’ disciples lived quite radically after meeting the Risen Christ now willing to give their lives for such a declaration! And as Scriptures testify, the Risen Christ revealed Himself to 500 people providing a strong testimony of living witnesses declaring Jesus being ALIVE!

WITHOUT THE RESURRECTION OUR FAITH AND WORSHIP WOULD ALL BE IN VAIN!
VAIN IS A STRONG WORD CHURCH! TO BE IN VAIN MEANS IS TO HAVE NO VALUE, NO PURPOSE, NO WORTH, NO MEANING, NO EFFECT, NO POWER… AND THAT IS TRUE IF YOU THINK ABOUT BELIEVING THE GOOD NEWS OF OUR SALVATION IN A DEAD CHRIST – WHO THEN FAILED TO PROVE HIMSELF OUR ETERNAL GOD – AS THE SON OF GOD. SO TALK ABOUT A DEAD HOPE IN A DEAD-FAITH BECAUSE WE WOULD THEN BE WORSHIPPING A SO-CALLED DEAD GOD!

We would still have the ETERNAL SIN-DEATH PENALTY AND DESTINED TO REMAIN ETERNALLY SEPARATED FROM GOD, as well, those who died before us believing in Jesus Christ. If Christ did not raise from the dead our Christianity is a faith that believes in HOPELESSNESS.

BUT JESUS DID RISE FROM TEH GRAVE! The resurrection of Jesus assures our salvation in Christ. YOUR SIN-DEATH-SENTENCE IS DESTROYED BY GOD, GIVING YOU NEW LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST NOW AND FOR ON FOR ALL ETERNITY! "O death, where is your victory? Where O death, is your sting!” (Cor. 15:55; Hosea 13:14)

I love the response the angels of the Lord said to the women looking for a dead Jesus. “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; HE HAS RISEN!” – Luke 24:5-6

We truly do have a LIVING HOPE because CHRIST IS ALIVE!

Joyfully Yours in Christ,
Pastor Trevor