Summary: Because God raised Jesus from the grave, we, too, can have victory over death.
He Is Risen Indeed!
April 8, 2012 Easter Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: Because God raised Jesus from the grave, we, too, can have victory over death.
Focus Passage: Matthew 28:1-7
Supplemental Passage: Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, (John 11:25 NASB)
Introduction: Relate story of Marty Richardson who died in the church building on Easter Morning, 2009, but God raised her from the dead. To see details of this story, go to: http://immanuelsouthern.com/2009/04/13/all-glory-to-God/
I. A Promise Fulfilled
a. The Jews then said to Him, "What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?" Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" But He was speaking of the temple of His body. (John 2:18-21 NASB)
b. But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:39-40 NASB)
II. A Debt Paid
a. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. (John 19:30 NASB)
b. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14 NASB)
III. A Victory Ensured
a. "O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?" (1 Corinthians 15:55 NASB)
b. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NASB)