Summary: If Jesus did not raise from the dead, then we have no hope of eternal life.
He Is Risen
April 20, 2014 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: If Jesus did not raise from the dead, then we have no hope of eternal life.
Focus Passage: John 20:1-18
Supplemental Passage: (Jesus said) "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, (John 11:25)
Introduction: (perform baptism) Why do we baptize like that? Why do we go to all the trouble to fill up a tank of water then everyone get soaked? Why don’t we just sprinkle water over the top of the head like others? Biblical baptism is a picture of what has already happened in that person’s life and it is a testimony to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene *came early to the tomb, while it *was still dark, and *saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. So she *ran and *came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and *said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him." So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb. The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; and stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. And so Simon Peter also *came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he *saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. So the disciples went away again to their own homes. But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. And they *said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She *said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus *said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she *said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus *said to her, "Mary!" She turned and *said to Him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means, Teacher). Jesus *said to her, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene *came, announcing to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and that He had said these things to her. (John 20:1-18)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3)
I. The Resurrection is Fact
a. Jesus was seen by hundreds after He rose from the dead
b. Jesus ate and fellowshipped with His disciples after He rose from the dead
II. The Resurrection is Necessary
a. By raising from the dead, Jesus conquered death
b. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, there is no hope for us for eternal life
III. The Resurrection is for You
a. God offers you salvation because of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection
b. that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
Invitation: (Hymn 307 – Just as I Am)