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THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH

(Easter Sunday)

1 Cor 15: 12-23 (p815) April 8, 2012

INTRODUCTION:

Have you ever noticed that many of the movies about Jesus come to the resurrection and they’re not sure what to do….

They know they can’t leave it out…or completely ignore it, so they show an ending clip with an empty finish…they’ll show the grave clothes sitting in a pile… Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” at least paid it some attention…with the blinking light and the picture of a resurrected, transformed Jesus exiting the tomb…

Why? Why is the resurrection of Jesus ignored, or given short shift? Why would people want to leave it out…And my answer is…”Because it’s supernatural and unexplainable.

People can grasp a peasant boy growing up to be a great teacher and leader…someone coming from obscurity to influence is the lifeblood of Hollywood and the literary world…

Even a martyrs death is easily made part of the screenplay or closing chapters…but there are no scenes after the death…you cannot continue writing after the conclusion…

That’s the reason the resurrection is so ignored…or so attached…Death, even death on a cross is understandable…life after the conclusion…not so much.

[Every year thousands of people climb in the Italian Alps passing the “stations of the cross.”…It seems to end at this crucifix (show picture) , but if you continue on past the cross you can find another shrine , a shrine symbolizing the empty tomb…It (show 2nd picture) is neglected, the bush has grown up around it…almost everyone goes as far as the cross…but most stop there.]

Why is almost everyone willing to go as far as the cross but not the empty tomb?....Not just in the movies or books, not just in the Italian Alps…but spiritually speaking when it comes to Jesus death, burial and resurrection…

I think I know

I THE CROSS IS ABOUT SALVATION

[Josh Cooper, our student minister told me about a conversation he had with one of our students over at Fern Creek…this guy asked Josh why all these rappers talk about killing people and hooking up and getting high or cranked…and then they thank Jesus for their awards and stuff…

Josh said, “I think that’s a little longer conversation than we can have right now in the hallway.”

But Josh told him what we all know…the cross is about salvation…Jesus died there so our sins could be forgiven…I Love Jesus being my Savior…I need Him to keep me out of Hell!.

I’m not sure how many times dead or death is mentioned in our text…but A LOT! Verse 21 says “Death came through a man…verse 22 lets us know that man’s name…”for as in Adam all die”….

We know Adam & Eve opened the door to sin…and even though I’m not accountable for their sin or anyone’s but my own….I have their father, selfish nature…mankind became broken in the Garden of Eden…We are all broken…Remember Romans 2: 10-12


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