Summary: 1. Darkness Around Us 2. Darkness of the Certainty of Jesus Death 3. In Darkness of Unbelief to His Resurrection 4. Darkness Wou ld Be Vanquished 5. Journey From Darkness to Light
Journey Into Light
1 Cor. 15:1-10
1. Darkness Around Us
Superstorm Sandy hit us on Mon. Oct. 29/12. The storm plunged us into darkness, darkness that lasted a week for CBC. This darkness claimed lives and caused ruin & financial lost. Maybe you & I escaped Sandy. But there may be another darkness we have not escaped —deep darkness. crippling darkness unending darkness causing ruin & lost.
2. Darkness of the Certainty of Jesus Death
- No doubts that Jesus was dead
- Beaten beyond recognition escalated death
- Publicly crucified on a cross until dead
- Spear pierced his side to bring finality to His death
- Burial of the body
3. In Darkness of Unbelief to His Resurrection
- They were not expecting Jesus to rise from the dead
- They must have taken His words to be a parable or metaphor with some mysterious meaning.
- Women went to the tomb to prepare His body for permanent burial.
- Mary Magdalene thought somebody had removed the body (Jn 20:13, 15).
- Women’s report seemed nonsense to the disciples (Lk 24:11).
- Emmaus Road encounter was unbelievable (Mk 16:13).
- Peter’s experience was doubted (Lk 24:34).
- Still they did not believe (Mk 16:14).
4. Darkness Would Be Vanquished
- Jesus had repeatedly told them that he would rise on the third day
- Angels announced it. (Mt. 28:5-6)
- 1 Cor. 15:4 Scripture proclaimed the resurrection
Psalm 16:10 (AV)
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
- The tomb was empty. His body was gone.
- Mary Magdalene had seen him.
- The other women had seen Him.
- Cleopas and his companion had seen Him.
- Peter had seen Him.
- Still unbelief.
- It was incredible impossible
- The 10 thought He was a ghost
- See my hands, side, and feet, touch me
- He asked for food and ate in front of them. (Lk. 24:38–43
- Thomas doubted - (Jn. 20:24–29).
- Those who proclaimed the resurrection were themselves totally unprepared to believe it
5. Journey From Darkness to Light
- The five most important chapters in the entire Bible Mt. 28, Mk. 16, Lk. 24, & Jn 20–21
1 Corinthians 15:14 (AV)
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
- The testimony of the witness of 1 Cor. 15
- 1 Co. 3-4 – Christ died, was buried, & rose again
- 1 Co. 5-8 – List of the Witnesses
- Why is the Resurrection Important?
- It is mentioned over one hundred times in NT
1. The Resurrection is the Central Truth of Christianity
- If Christ did not rise then He is a liar, for He said He would come back from the dead.
- It is central theme to the apostles
Acts 2:36 (AV)
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Acts 4:2 (AV)
2 (Religious leaders) Being grieved that they (Peter & John) taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:1 (AV)
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2. The Resurrection Declares the Power of God
- God created life and has power over death
- Thus He is worthy of our worship
3. The Resurrection Gives Promise of Life After Death
- Job asked this question
Job 14:14 (AV)
14 If a man die, shall he live again?...
- Physical death is not the termination of human existence
- 1 Co. 55, 57 Bible teaches this promise
- Jesus proved the promise
- No other person or prophet can give this promise
The Resurrection proved Christ's power to forgive sin.
1 Cor. 15:17