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Summary: The most-shocking action of Jesus was his resurrection from the dead. This message examines the implications of his resurrection, and the impact he can have in our lives today.

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INTRODUCTION

* Series, “A Savior’s Most-Shocking Actions” / previous actions: reaches out to sinners; offers forgiveness to sinners; dies for sinners

* A dead Savior doesn’t do anyone any good; for Christ’s death to be powerful today, he must do something that overcomes that death

* The most-shocking of all of Jesus’ actions: the resurrection

- resurrection in and of itself is a rare occurrence (9 people in Scripture)

- even more rare: 8 of the 9 were raised from the dead by someone other than self

* Jesus’ resurrection was different in that he rose from the dead by himself (John 10:17-18)

* Jesus was the only person to ever be raised from the dead to never die again (Romans 6:9)

* The resurrection of Christ changed death and the grave; set a new pattern (1 Cor. 15:20-23)

* Another layer of this socking moment: the difference the resurrection makes in a person’s life (the change it causes)

* The shocking action of Jesus rising from the dead can cause some shocking changes to take place in my life...

1. Jesus’ resurrection can change who I am = read Ephesians 2:1-10

* The resurrection causes an internal change in my life...the very essence of who I am

* How Paul explained the changes I can experience internally...

A. I was dead, but not I’m alive (2:1)

- physically alive, but spiritually dead

- spiritual death = separation from God

- note Eph. 2:4-5 = God changes our position from death to life

B. I followed the world, but now I follow Christ (2:2)

- a life patterned after culture vs. a life patterned after Christ

- why this is important: where each one (culture vs. Christ) leads us to is different

C. I served self, but now I serve Christ (2:3)

- before Christ, I was consumed with self; after Christ, I am consumed with him

- why this is so: Christ is now in me and my desire follows his example

- one of the reasons God put us on earth is to serve him and others

D. I produced nothing but sin, but now I produce righteousness (v. 10): before Christ, Satan used me for his purpose; now Christ can use me to bring honor and glory to him

2. Jesus’ resurrection can change what I do = read Galatians 5:16-23

* The resurrection does more than change me internally: it also changes me externally

* The resurrection allows me to have a personal relationship with a risen, living Savior, whose presence in my life affects what I do, where I go, what I say, etc.

* The difference between PROFESSION and POSSESSION: when we possess Jesus Christ, he also possesses us...that makes an external change

* Those who met Christ and whose profession of him led to their possession of him changed how they lives (i.e., Nicodemus, Zacchaeus, the disciples)

* Notice Paul’s words to the Galatians...

- he explained what the “sinful nature” would do - what you would do before Christ (5:19-21)

- he explained what the Spirit-driven life would do - what you would do after Christ (5:222-23)

* Life before Christ and life after Christ are very different in what you do (5:16-18)


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