Summary: How important is the resurrection??
Series: Journey to the Cross
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-14
Title: “What’s The Big Deal About Easter?”
• Paul writes this letter to the church at Corinth approximately 22 years after the death of Christ.
o In that short time what we find is there are already people who are teaching that the resurrection of Christ either was not important or did not happen at all.
o This is a response by Paul not only to the fact of the resurrection, but also to its importance.
I. Without The Resurrection There Is No Gospel (1)
• Gospel – simply means “good news”
o The good news starts with the resurrection of Christ; a Savior that dies does not make sense.
John 12:34 -- 34 The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’?
• So the resurrection is the foundation upon which the gospel stands, and if the foundation is not founded on fact then that which is built upon it will never stand.
o It is the resurrection of Jesus Christ that makes Christianity unique over every other world religion.
II. Without The Resurrection There Is No Salvation (2)
• The gospel which they received is also the gospel by which they were saved.
o Saved – literally “are being saved” (present tense), can also be translated “being rescued from danger.”
o We all find ourselves in the same danger, which is the danger of being eternally separated from God because of our sin.
o Heaven is a perfect place, and we are anything but perfect, so if God were to just let us into Heaven it would no longer be perfect.
o So we have a problem, ok but what about good works? They are fine but it doesn’t matter how many good works we can do we will never be perfect.
• But the “good news” is that God did something about it.
Romans 5:8 -- 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
o Jesus became our perfect substitute, and He traded us His perfect life for our sin and the punishment we deserved.
2 Corinthians 5:21 -- 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
o And all God asks us to do is to confess and believe.
Romans 10:9 -- 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
• Without the resurrection there is no salvation!
III. Without The Resurrection There Would Be No Witnesses (3-10)
1. The Witness of Scripture (3-4)
o Prophecies written hundreds of years before the birth of Christ told about His death and resurrection.
Isaiah 53:5-6 -- 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Psalm 22:14-18 -- 14 I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. 16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. 18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.