Summary: This sermon outlines the reality and significance of the resurrection of Christ.
The Resurrection Of Christ
Its Reality And Significance
"1Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; 2By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached to you, unless you have believed in vain. 3For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
1. The death, burial, and resurrection are the heart of the gospel.
2. There are those through the ages that have, do, and will challenge and attempt to cast doubt on each of these elements.
3. Concerning the resurrection, here are some past and present theories:
a. The resurrection of Jesus is a lie, it never happened.
b. The resurrection was spiritual in nature, i.e., in as much as His disciples continually perpetuated the myth of the resurrection and His teachings…He lived on.
c. Jesus was resurrected but it was not a bodily resurrection, He came back as a spirit or ghost and showed Himself to His disciples.
4. In this lesson, our aim is to…
a. Validate the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
b. Consider the consequences of denying the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
c. Show the significance of the resurrection of Jesus.
I. The Resurrection
A. The authors of the four gospels affirm that Jesus was raised from the dead:
1. Matthew (Matthew 28:1-15).
2. Mark (Mark 16:1-14).
3. Luke (Luke 24:1-31).
4. John (John 20:1-19).
1. Jesus Himself says He had a body of flesh and bones (24:39).
2. Jesus invited them to handle Him to verify that He had a body of flesh (24:39).
4. Jesus ate before them (24:41-43).
C. Other testimonies:
2. Many other disciples saw Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-7).
3. Jesus gave many proofs of His bodily resurrection (Luke 1:1-3).
II. The Consequences Of Denying The Resurrection
A. Preaching the gospel is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:14a).
1. If this element of the gospel is false then how can we be sure that the other elements, and the significance attached to them, are true?
2. Thus, preaching the death and burial of Jesus is meaningless without the resurrection.
B. Our faith is also vain (1 Corinthians 15:14b).
1. Denying the resurrection not only renders the heart of the gospel (death, burial, resurrection) meaningless, it renders ‘the faith’ itself vain, i.e., all the doctrines taught by Jesus and the apostles.
2. For if Jesus was not declared to be the Son of God through His resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4) then Jesus is proved a lair because He said He would be raised (see Matthew 16:21). And if He is a liar then we cannot believe what He or His disciples have taught.