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Summary: Had He never stooped to the grave, He would have been unable to help us in the supreme experiences of life!

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Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

Easter Sunday 2013

~The Victory~

Rev. 1:18

John saw our Lord as the “Son of man.” It had been 60 years since John had last seen the Lord and now he sees Him as the glorified Son of God.

Jesus:

• His radiant Person, John saw that day/Isle of Patmos.

• Head/hair white as wool/white as snow

• Eyes were the flame of fire

• Feet like burnished brass! Voice like voice of many waters.

Appearing to John that day in His own history.

• Central and all-important facts of the Lord’s history.

• According to my text is:

• He became dead—He is alive.

Certainly we are grateful for the other deeds indeed!

• The cleansing He gave to the leper!

• The hearing He gave to the deaf!

• The sight He gave to the blind!

• The speech He gave to the dumb!

• The comfort He gave to the sad!

• The hope He gave to the hopeless!

Those are not the crucial and all-important facts of our Lord’s life!

It is conceivable that there still could have been a Christian church if the Lord:

• Had never healed the sick or healed the palsy

• If there had been no story of Bartimaeus

• Or even if the sight was never restored to the blind.

But there never would have been a church w/o the cross/resurrection!

Here are two supreme facts of the Christian religion:

• The foundation stone of the Christian faith.

• He became dead—He is alive.

• These two facts is what we celebrate at Easter.

Notice what we have here:

1. We have death—“I became dead.”

2. We have life—“Behold I am alive for evermore.”

3. We have the supremacy of life over death—

“I have the keys of death and of Hades.”

It is about the facts/Joy of Easter I want to speak of this morning.

I. The Death of Christ.

First we have the fact of the death of Christ.

• “I was dead”

• Cross is the beating and throbbing heart of faith.

From His baptism/end of His life/Christ looked forward to the cross

• As a goal of all His endeavors

• Supreme act He had to accomplish

• The work His Father had given Him to do.

He said to John, “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last and the Living One, and I became Dead.”

Our Lord passes over:

• all His great parables/His wondrous words

• His grace and power

• not a single hint of them!

The supreme act of His life was the act in with it ended!

“I am the First and the Last and the living One, and I became dead.”

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The death of Christ differed from every other person:

• other men suffer death

• Christ achieved death

• Man’s death is sin

• Christ death consummated/crowned/completed His work.

Christ from the cross uttered that triumphant cry, “It is finished”

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Rev. 1:18 says two things about the death of Christ.

1. It insists the reality of His death.


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