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Why Should I believe in the Resurrection?

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Sermon shared by Scott Kircher

April 2009
Summary: Examines the evidence and reasons why we should believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the importance of believing to our life, both eternally and presently
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Why Should I believe the Resurrection?
The Resurrection is Evidenced by Facts
The Empty Tomb
The Tomb was Secured
The Disciples were Scared
The Effects on the Lives of the Disciples
The Existence of Christianity today
The Resurrection is Essential to Living Life Eternal
The Resurrection is Essential to Living Life Now

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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most pivotal events in all of human history.

The entire faith system of Christianity rests upon this event.

Even Paul says this about the resurrection.
“if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”
(1 Corinthians 15:14)

Wow. That is pretty bold. Christianity is useless if Christ has not been resurrected.
That should make us stop and really consider the resurrection if it is that important, that vital to the whole of Christianity.

Now I have never personally seen anyone resurrected.
Some of you may have seen people resuscitated, but I know none of you has seen anyone resurrected, brought back to life to never die again.

So this resurrection thing can be pretty challenging since we have never seen such a thing.

Well, today, we are kicking off a new series today called “Why Should I…?”
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and we will be asking some questions that all of us have probably thought at one time or another, but maybe have never come up with a good answer for.

Why should I believe in God
Why should I believe in the Bible
Why should I believe…Creation vs. Evolution.

For the thinkers out there, I hope you will be back and consider the evidence that leads us to the answers to these questions.

So today we begin with “Why Should I believe the resurrection?”
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Actually there are some very good reasons to believe that Jesus Christ really did rise from the dead even though we have never seen such a thing.

That is because
The Resurrection is Evidenced by Facts
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This morning, we are going to look at some of the facts that support the resurrection.

But to do that, we first need to gather evidence so we can consider the facts.

If you would turn with me this morning to Luke 24:1-8 (p. 748)
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We are going to read what was recorded by Luke, a doctor and historian who recorded
the account of Jesus’ life and death in the Gospel of Luke and
the history of the early church in the book of Acts.
Luke was a traveling companion of the Apostle Paul and a contemporary of all the apostles.
Here is what he records about the beginning of the third day after Jesus’ death.

Luke 24:1-8
24:1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7’The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’" 8 Then they remembered his words.

The first Fact we find is
The Empty
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