Summary: The promise of living forever remains a fantasy, a dream, the stuff of science fiction But is it only a dream? Is it really beyond the realm of possibilities?
Resurrection - 2005
Who’s seen the movie “The Aviator” – story of Howard Hughes
• This guy was a major mover and shaker in his time
What do you know about Howard Hughes?
• Movie Producer
• Won an academy award for Two Arabian Nights (1928).
• He had affairs with several of the most famous actresses in Hollywood, among them Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, and Ava Gardner.
• Successful business man – Hughes Tool Co, Part of the military/Industrial complex which produce weapons for the US government
• Owned casinos in Las Vegas
• He even bought Las Vegas television station KLAS (Channel 8), so that he could watch movies into the night. If he fell asleep during a film, he would call up the station and order that the scene he missed be replayed.
• He also founded his own aircraft company, designed, built and flew his own aircraft, and broke several world air speed records (1935-1938).
• His most famous aircraft, the Hercules (nicknamed "The Spruce Goose"), was an oversized wooden seaplane designed to carry 750 passengers, which was completed in 1947 but flew only once over a distance of one mile.
• Closely involved with Richard Nixon and George Bush in orchestrating assassination attempt on Fidel Castro
• The office President Nixon’s ordered the burglars to break into in the Watergate Hotel in 1972 belonged to Larry O’Brien’s who at the time was an employee of Hughes as well as chairman of the Democratic National Committee
• Howard Hughes had it all, the best the world has to offer - money, women, power
Yet all his power, all his money, all his influence, Howard Hughes couldn’t prevent himself from going the way of all flesh – he died
• He died April 5, 1976, in a private jet en route to a hospital in Houston.
• His drastically changed appearance, long matted hair, long fingernails, broken arm, and the fact that he had been seen by so few people for so long forced the Treasury Department to use fingerprints to identify his body.
• He left an estate estimated at $2 billion
• He didn’t take one red cent with him
For all his expertise man has been unable to halt the aging process and prevent any of us from dying, and he certainly hasn’t been able to bring anyone back from the dead once they have truly died
• Both of these feats remain outside the realm of human possibilities
• The promise of living forever remains a fantasy, a dream, the stuff of science fiction
But is it only a dream? Is it really beyond the realm of possibilities?
• Because this day we are celebrating, this resurrection Sunday actually commemorates someone rising from the dead
• And the question is, if it is true, if one man can cheat death, is it possible others can?
• In the flyer we send around advertising this meeting we asked the question, Jesus supposedly rose from the dead on Easter Sunday 2000 years ago? What significance does Jesus’ rising from the dead have for you and me 2000 years later?
• Well it goes back to this point. If Jesus was able to cheat death – does that mean others can as well
On Good Friday we learned the lengths to which Jesus was willing to go in order to save us from our sins
• Does anyone remember what sin is? Breaking of God’s law
• Does anyone remember another name for sinners? Criminals who have broken God’s law
• What is the penalty for breaking God’s law? Death. God is tough on sin, but as we learnt on Friday, He is merciful and loving in dealing with sinners
• Remember the verse we read Romans 6:23 (NCV) 23 When people sin, they earn what sin pays—death.
• But that is only the first half of the verse. The second part talks about how we are saved from this fate
• But God gives us a free gift—life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord.
• Notice what it said, life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord
• There are really two parts to this free gift 1) the forgiveness of sin, and 2) Life forever in Jesus Christ our Lord
• On Friday we learned how Jesus willingly went to the cross in our place in order to pay the penalty for our sins so that our relationship with God could be restored
• But dying for us was just part of the problem. We were forgiven but still locked in this physical decaying body which would eventually die
• I have an uncle in law in the United States who loves to hunt