Summary: Looks at 9 reasons why Jesus died on the cross and arose from the dead
Easter Message March 23, 2008
The Resurrection of Jesus ‘what difference can it make?’Luke 24:1-12 (Acknowledgement - this message was adapted from Rick Warrens 2004 Easter Message delivered to Saddleback Church, California)
o Happy Easter. Four years ago Time Magazine had a picture of Jesus and asked the question ‘Why did Jesus have to die?’ That is the most important question someone will ever ask.
o I went to church for the first sixteen years of my life
o I really had no idea why Jesus died on the cross. Well I knew that he suffered, but I had no idea how to personalize this. What did it mean to me?
o This morning I am going to give you Christianity 101. If you are already a Christian don’t snooze on me. Listen carefully; this message should move you to pray fervently for those who have yet to say yes to Jesus.
o If you have never been to church before I want to make you a guarantee. You will clearly understand why Jesus died on the cross and arose again.
o You will clearly understand that the resurrection sets you free. You will understand why a billion plus people believe Jesus is the hope of the world.
o You will clearly understand why millions of people have given their lives for Jesus Christ.
o I believe there are many people will one day be devastated that nobody clearly told them.
o I don’t want you to come to this church for years and never know the reason why Jesus died and arose from the dead.
o This morning I am going to make nine statements about the cross and resurrection that are 100% true. When I came to believe these profound truths they changed my life forever.
o Here we go!
1. Jesus died and arose to prove He was the Son of God
o The Bible says that Jesus appeared to many people for over a 40 day period (Acts 1:3).
o Who did he appear to? Who were these people?
o He appeared to Mary Magdalene, the 12 disciples, the men on the Road to Emmaus, over 500 people at once, and to the Apostle Paul
o He was alive, back walking around Jerusalem
o All of these people saw the risen Christ
o Was it a figment of their imagination?
o No it wasn’t.
o He first appeared to Mary Magdalene
o That makes it credible right there
o If you wanted to make the resurrection credible, a more plausible story would have been to appear to a man first
o Why is that?
o First in Jesus day women were unlearned. Out of the 613 laws a man had to know 100% of them; a woman only 4 laws
o Secondly this woman Mary Magdalene was way different-7 demons cast out (Luke 8:2)
o Thirdly a woman’s testimony was inadmissible in a court of law
o So when Mary ran to tell the disciples that she had seen Jesus alive they said we don’t believe you; your testimony is not valid
o So we see the disciples knew Jesus as a great teacher and miracle worker but did not believe Mary that Jesus was alive
o That was where many are at today
o That Jesus was a great teacher, moral man, political leader
o But there is one huge problem with that
o Jesus never claimed to be a great teacher, a political leader
o Jesus claimed to be God