3-Week Series: Double Blessing




I Corinthians 15:1-20

In a churchyard in England, stands one of the largest trees in the country. Its stands as a great four-trunked tree growing out of grave. Its presence there has given rise to much speculation. The grave from which this mammoth tree grows from is that of Lady Anne Grimston.

Lady Anne Grimston did not believe in life after . It is reported that when she lay dying in her luxurious home, she remarked to a friend, “I shall live again as surely as a tree will grow from my body.” At her , Lady Anne was buried in a marble tomb. The grave was then marked by a large marble slab and surrounded by an iron railing.

Years later, the marble slab was found to be moved a little. Then after time, it was ed and through the a small tree began to grow. The tree continued its growth, tilting the marble stone and breaking the marble until today it has surrounded the tomb with its roots and has torn the railing out of the ground with its massive trunks.

To the unbeliever, this may be only viewed as a coincidence. However, to the believer, it is viewed as providence. God took her up on her challenge.

I Corinthians 15 is known as the great resurrection chapter. The whole structure of Christianity rest on the foundation of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A CHRIST IS A DISAPPOINTING CHRIST. What Jesus Christ did on the cross only has significance because He did not stay in the tomb!

I. The PROMINENCE of the resurrection (1-4)

There is not a gospel without the resurrection. Without the resurrection the good news of the gospel would be bad news. Christ arose is the victory of the gospel. The resurrection of Jesus Christ presents man with eternal salvation. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the .

Let us note four things about this salvation that has its foundation on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the .

A. His was actual - “Christ died”

We are not saved by the declarations of Christ, but by His .

B. His was sacrificial - “for our sins”

He suffered as our substitute (Romans 5:8.).

C. His was scriptural - “according to the scriptures”

His was a pre-determined and pre-written event. It was not an afterthought but a forethought.

The resurrection was God’s receipt for Calvary. The empty tomb is the receipt of Calvary. Jesus died to pay our debt of sin. The claims were fully met, and the resurrection is the proof. His resurrection becomes the historical proof and testimony of the acceptance and sufficiency of His sacrificial . The power of Christ’s to take away sin is conditioned in the New Testament with the fact of the His resurrection.

Christ died - that’s the gospel history.

Christ died for our sins - that’s the gospel mystery.

Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures - that’s the gospel


Christ arose - that’s the gospel victory.

II. The EVIDENCE for the resurrection (5-11)

It has been said that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the best proven fact in history, that there is more documentary evidence for the resurrection of Christ than for the conquest of Britain by Julius Caesar. “He was seen” states Paul four times in four verses. These numerous witnesses could not have all been guilty of an hallucination. Furthermore, what these people saw was under all sorts of conditions. Some saw Him in a garden, others in a room, others on a road, others by the sea, and others on a mountain top. Some saw Him at the dawn, others during the light of day, and yet others, at night. This diversity of circumstances and conditions puts the reality of the resurrection beyond successful argumentation.

A. He was seen by His FRIENDS (5)

B. He was seen by His FAITHFUL (6)

C. He was seen by His FAMILY (7a)

James who was ordinally a skeptic was a powerful and convincing witness to the resurrection of Jesus.

D. He was seen by His FOLLOWERS (7b)

Over a period of forty days between His resurrection and His ascension, Jesus appeared to all the apostles on other times that are not specified (John 21:14).

E. He was seen by His FOE (8-11)

Paul was once the bitterest enemy of both Christ and His church. However, on the road to Damascus, Paul met the resurrected Lord. Then and there Paul was instantly transformed, and he became one of the mightiest preachers of the resurrection.

The resurrection is more than a fact. It is a force; but the reality of the force lies in the reality of the fact.

The resurrection was that which turned cowards followers of a crucified rabbi into the courageous witnesses and martyrs. You could imprison them, beat them, kill them, but you could not make them deny their conviction that on the third day He arose.

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Davon Huss

commented on Mar 10, 2008

I loved this sermon on the resurrection from 1 Corinthians 15. The illustration about Lady Anne Grimston is great.

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