Summary: For a lot of people, Easter is just another holiday, a 3-day weekend of fun and no work. For others, it’s chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. BUT WE KNOW BETTER! For Christians, Easter means the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! It means the promise
o For a lot of people, Easter is just another holiday, a 3-day weekend of fun and no work. For others, it’s chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs
o BUT WE KNOW BETTER! For Christians, Easter means the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! It means the promise of life after death!
o It means hope of a better life. It means joy.
o The resurrection of Jesus is the basis of our faith.
o If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead then we’re just wasting our time here every Sunday.
o The words, “He is not here, but He is risen”, changed the course of history! And they continue to do so. Let us take a look at why the resurrection is so important to us.
o The resurrection of Jesus is totally awesome even though many people of the world don’t know this and many doubt it.
§ Mohammed didn’t get up!
§ Confucius didn’t get up!
§ Buddha didn’t get up!
§ Joseph Smith is dead.
§ Jim Jones is dead.
§ David Koresh is dead.
§ But Jesus is Alive! He’s Alive! He Got Up!
o People often ask, “Why was the stone rolled away?” Well, the stone was not rolled away for Him to come out. The stone was rolled away so that we could look in. It was rolled away so that the empty tomb could be visible to all. The empty tomb is the greatest evidence of the resurrection of Jesus.
o Critics have tried to explain it away, and they have not been able to. The empty tomb still stands, as evidence to all that Jesus is not dead. He is alive today.
o Easter means victory. Victory over death, hell and the grave.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 15 3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 15 42So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
I. Victory Over Death’s Defeat.
o In verse 42 Paul says we are sown perishable. But because of the resurrection we are raised imperishable. We are born into this life as perishable beings.
o But because of the resurrection we have eternal life. From the moment you receive Jesus Christ into your life, you have victory over death. Your physical body might fail you, but your soul will never die. You will be raised, forever to live with Jesus in heaven.
o You become imperishable. In the resurrection account the angel said to the women at the empty tomb, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?" They did not understand, but they soon would. When they realized what he meant they no longer spend their lives fascinated with death. They spent the rest of their lives fascinated with life.
o In Christ, the greatest and the lowliest have the assurance that death is no longer victor because of the resurrection of Christ.
II. Victory Over Sins Dominion.
o He goes on to say that we are sown in dishonor. We are born in sin, but because of the resurrection we are raised in the glory of the father. When we invite Jesus Christ into our lives we are able to stand before God spotless, just as if we had never sinned.
o Paul says that we are sown in weakness but through the resurrection of Jesus we are raised in power. We are born weak, with no power to resist sin and temptation, but because of the resurrection of Jesus, the power of sin over our lives can be broken.
o The Bible says, "All power is given unto them who believe. Though we were dead, yet shall we live." Do you know what that means? It means that because of the resurrection of Jesus we have power over sin. Power over temptation. Power over lust of the flesh. Power over drugs and alcohol. Power over broken relationships. Power over financial bondage. Power over every circumstance in life. All power is given to us through the resurrection of Jesus. Since the power of God was able to raise Jesus from the dead, how much more can that same power enable us to live extraordinary lives?