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Summary: Paul tells us what the Resurrection Provoked, Provided and Proves.

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I. The Resurrection Provokes:

II. The Resurrection Proves:

A. Jesus was Raised to Prove Pophecy, “promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures.”

B. Jesus was Raised to Prove His Personality,

C. Jesus was Raised to Prove the Price was Paid (Pardon)

III. The Resurrection Provides:

A. Jesus was Raised to Provide Possibility of Purity

B. Jesus was Raised to Provide Power for Purity

C. Jesus Was Raised to Provide Power to Produce

D. Raised to Provide Pardon

MAX LUCADO, in his book, Six Hours One Friday, tells the story of a missionary in Brazil who discovered a tribe of Indians in a remote part of the jungle. They lived near a large river. The tribe was in need of medical attention. A contagious disease was ravaging the population. People were dying daily.

A hospital was not too terribly far away—across the river, but the Indians would not cross it because they believed it was inhabited by evil spirits. To enter the water would mean certain death. The missionary explained how he had crossed the river and was unharmed. They were not impressed. He then took them to the bank and placed his hand in the water. They still wouldn’t go in. He walked into the water up to his waist and splashed water on his face. It didn’t matter. They were still afraid to enter the river. Finally, he dove into the river, swam beneath the surface until he emerged on the other side. He punched a triumphant fist into the air. He had entered the water and escaped. It was then that the Indians broke out into a cheer and followed him across.

That’s exactly what Jesus did! He told the people of His day that they need not fear the river of death, but they wouldn’t believe. He touched a dead boy and called him back to life. They still didn’t believe. He whispered life into the body of a dead girl and got the same result. He let a dead man spend 4 days in a tomb and then called him out and the people still didn’t believe Him. Finally, He entered the river of death and came out on the other side. No wonder we celebrate the Resurrection!

The Resurrection provokes, proves and provides.

I. The Resurrection Provokes:

The resurrection provoked the Pharisees and Sadducees to set a watch. Provoked Paul to Persecute.

II. The Resurrection Proves:

A. Jesus was Raised to Prove Prophecy, “promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures.”

Romans 1:1 ¶ Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Acts 2:25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:


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