Summary: The great joy we can have the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!
TAKING HOPE IN THE RESURRECTION
I Corinthians 1-4, 19-23, 51-58
Intro: Paul is preaching to church at Corinth and is battling some doctrinal issues concerning the resurrection of Christ. Apparently, some was teaching there would be no bodily resurrection. It seems these folks may have been Sadducees. But I am glad that Paul left us specifics on the issue and what a joy it is to know that there is life after death. Regardless of whether you are saved or not you will be living on some where in the afterlife. The beauty of salvation is that Christ rose after three days from the dead. Notice verse 20 how Paul says he rose from the dead. There is a resurrection from the dead and a resurrection of the dead. The implication of rising of the dead can implicate everybody that was dead rose. This can be associated with the wicked dead that will be raised to be judged in the White Throne Judgment. But to be raised from the dead refers to those who are saved. We will be raised from the dead one of these days when the Lord comes back. We have that hope because Christ rose from the dead. We can also take hope in several other facts associated with death. I want to preach this day on the subject, “TAKING HOPE IN THE RESURRECTION.”
I. DEATH CANNOT HURT US
A. (I Corinthians 15:54) O death where is thy sting?
B. The consciousness of unconfessed sins die
C. When a lost person dies there is a sting associated with death as they plunge through the doors of hell
D. (I Corinthians 15:56) implies the strength of sin is the law. The law brought about knowledge of sin but through Christ death and resurrection we found the remedy for sin
E. Even though we all have an appointment to meet death there will be no terror in it
F. For we can take hope in the resurrection of Christ knowing he arose on the third day giving us the same right
G. (Hebrew 2:9) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man
II. HELL CANNOT HAVE US
A. When Jesus was dead, he wasn’t dead
B. (Ephesians 4:8) He descended to the lower parts of the earth to lead captivity captive
C. This could have a two-fold meaning.
1. That he descended into hell or Hades in this translation and led those who died during the antedulgian age or before the flood and preached to those who were held captive because of their ignorance.
2. Or that he descended from Heaven to Bethlehem (the earth) and that He ascended back to Heaven
3. I hold to the first because of two reasons
a. Jesus foretold of His descension in Matthew 12:40 (For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the hear of the earth
b. Revelation (1:18) I am he that liveth, and was dead, and, behold, I am alive forever more, Amen (let it be so); and have the keys to death and of hell
D. Having the keys to death and hell means he has got control of it. How can you have control of something unless you conquer it?