Summary: Whether we are or are not convinced that Christ rose from the dead does not affect the reality of the Resurrection. The Bible presents it as objective history. But if we accept its reality by faith and live consistently in light of it, it changes our l
"Back from the Dead"
1. I love the silent version of King of Kings.
For a lot of kids, Easter is about eater eggs and candy.
2. Boy 1: "How did you get that bruise on your arm?"Boy 2: "I ate some Easter candy." Boy 1: "Eating Easter candy won’t give you a bruise."Boy 2: "It will if it’s your big brother’s candy!"
3. But, for those of us who are tuned into the real meaning of the day, we gather to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the most important event in all history, an event that changed history. Our entire faith hinges on the belief that Christ rose physically & literally after being dead for nearly 2 days.
4. Paul writes: 1 Corinthians 15:13-19, "If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
4. Note how that last statement tells us that belief in the Resurrection is not some crutch to help us cope with life’s tragedies. Paul says that if it is NOT true, then belief in the Resurrection makes us sad sacks.
MAIN IDEA: Whether we are or are not convinced that Christ rose from the dead does not affect the reality of the Resurrection. The Bible presents it as objective history. But if we accept its reality by faith and live consistently in light of it, it changes our lives like nothing else can.
TS ----------→ The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a life changer, as seen in the text before us.
I. The Change in the APOSTLES (John 20:19- 29)
A. They lost their FEARS (19-20)
(1) Jesus approaches them gladly
(2) Shalom Aleikhem
(3) They are hiding from the Jews; in a few days, they would be boldly preaching to massive crowds of their brethren; at this point, they were skeptics and did not think that Jesus would be resurrected from the dead; when they heard the early reports from the women, they thought they were hysterical with emotion…
(4) indeed, the disciples would suffer persecution, torture, and death for their belief and unswerving proclamation that Jesus rose again
B. Their lives had PURPOSE and direction (21-23)
• They received the Holy Spirit -- as leaders or believers?
C. Their cynical SKEPTICISM disappeared (24-29)
(1) Luke tells us He had to eat fish with them before they believed He was real; they frequently thought He was a ghost…
(2) note that all the apostles had doubted (except John)
(3) Thomas required the same proof as the others…
----what is bad is that he gave no credibility to his close friends