Summary: 1 of 3. Christian faith hangs upon Jesus’ Resurrection. But How or Why? Christian faith Hangs upon The Resurrection...
The HINGE Of RESURRECTION—For Resurrection Sunday!
Just southwest of Miami, in a town called Leisure City, on the east side of US Hwy. 1, there is a piece of Americana...a tourist attraction called the ‘Coral Castle Museum,’(originally known as ‘Rock Gate Park’).
‘Coral Castle’ is a conglomeration of displays, artwork, & engineering feats that were carved entirely from limestone oolite(coral rock) between 1923 & 1951. The ‘Castle’ was built by one man, an eccentric (illegal alien) from Latvia named Edward Leedskalnin. Supposedly Ed used no outside assistance or large machinery to quarry, carve or place the rock(part of the mystery & draw). The coral rock itself weighs ~125lbs/ft3.
One of the attractions at ‘Coral Castle’ is an 18,000 lb. ‘gate’ that is of one slab of rock measuring 8ft. X ~1 1/2ft. X ~5 ft. The slab revolves on a central axis which was so perfectly balanced that a child could rotate it with the push of one finger.
The monolithic door hinges upon that central axis.
All that weight rotates on one pivot point.
Likewise, Christian faith hinges upon the central axis of Christ’s resurrection.
Christian faith hangs upon Jesus’ Resurrection.
Christian faith hangs upon the resurrection.
How is Christian faith hinged upon the resurrection?
1— Christian faith Hangs upon...
The RESURRECTION PROMISE(Mat. 16:21; Mat. 17:22-23; Mat. 20:17-19)
Explanation:(Mat. 16:21-27; Mat. 17:22-23; Mat. 20:17-19)
Mat. 16:21-27—“From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, & suffer many things from the elders & chief priests & scribes, & be killed, & be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside & began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned & said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, & take up his cross, & follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, & loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, & then He will reward each according to his works.”
Mat. 17:22-23—“Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, & they will kill Him, & the third day He will be raised up.” And they were exceedingly sorrowful.”
Mat. 20:17-19—“Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road & said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, & the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests & to the scribes; & they will condemn Him to death, & deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock & to scourge & to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.””
Jesus on no less than three separate occasions told His disciples that He would be killed & that He would specifically rise again on “the third day.”