Summary: The resurrection is vitally important to each of us.
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“The Resurrection Factor”
Preacher: Dr. Randy Rudisell, Chaplain
1 Corinthians 15:12-20 (NIV)
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
A young, bright scholar, known on his college campus as an avowed atheist, set out to disprove the Christian’s claim concerning the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. His extensive study led not to the confirmation of his skepticism but to his conversion to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Years later, after he became a famous writer and college campus speaker for Christ, Josh McDowell wrote in his bestseller, The Resurrection Factor: “After more than 1,000 hours of studying this subject and thoroughly investigating its foundation, I was forced to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is either one of the most wicked, heartless, vicious hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, or it is the most fantastic fact of history. It is either history’s greatest delusion or the greatest miracle that history records." Josh Mc Dowell joined the ranks of other Christians in his conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is history’s greatest miracle.
1. Because Jesus Christ Lives, We Know that
the Christian Gospel is Reliable.
If Christ be not risen, the Christian gospel is a lie!
The opening verses of 1 Cor. 15 points out that the gospel is the good news about the vicarious death, the verified burial, and the victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The gospel centers in the message of the death and resurrection of Jedsus: 1/3 of Matthew, 1/3 of Mark, 1/4 of Luke, and 1/2 of John.
Remember the words of Josh McDowell: “After more than 700 hours of studying and through investigating its foundation, I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is ‘one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men’ or it is ‘the most fantastic fact of history.’”
2. Because Jesus Christ Lives, We Know that
the Christian Life is Real.
If Christ be not risen, the Christian life is a vacuum!
Today, millions of Christians around the world are celebrating the fact that Jesus lives. The resurrection is an established fact in our minds because the risen Savior lives in our hearts. We have come to experience the Lord Jesus Christ in resurrection power. The Apostle Paul perhaps expressed it best when he wrote: