I Am The Resurrection
Jesus is referred to as, The “I Am” throughout the Word of God. This is to reveal His deity. He is God in human flesh. I Timothy 3:16, “…God was manifest in the flesh…” Not only the “I Am” of the resurrection, but the “I Am” of, “The way, the truth, the life.” John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the father, but by me.” None of what is said would be worth your time if it were not for John 11:15, “…I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Why should we emphasize the resurrection of Christ rather than Easter bunnies and chicken
The Resurrection Is Part of The Gospel. 1 Cor. 15:1-4
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel…how that Christ died for our sins… that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” It proves the Person of the Jesus Christ. Romans 1:4, “And declared to be the son of God… by the resurrection from the dead.” It provides the faith to live right. Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of His resurrection…” Ephesians 2:1, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” Yes! The faith you place in the resurrection of Christ brings you to life. Notice: Romans 10:9, “That if though shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” It prepares the Lord for his coming again. John 14:3, “…I will come again…”
The Resurrection Is The Pathway to Peace. 1 Cor. 15:17
“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” All the crosses, churches and Christians in the world cannot fill you with peace if there is no resurrection. Why? • If no resurrection, you’re still in your sins – unforgiven. • If no resurrection, you will never see your loved ones again. • If no resurrection, all your acts of faith were foolishness. I Corinthians 15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” Why pray? Why read your Bible? Why would you invite others to Christ? Why attend church? If all that there is to live for is death?
The Resurrection and Preponderance of Evidence. Matt. 28:9
“And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.” • The empty tomb. Matthew 28:5-6 • The grave clothes. Luke 24:12 • The many appearances of Jesus. Mark 16:12-13, John 20:19-25, I Cor. 15:6-8, Acts 9:1-9. Luke 24:39-43 “…And while they yet believed not for joy…” Acts 1:3 “To whom also he shewed himself alive…by many infallible proofs…”
The Resurrection Is A Promise Kept. Luke 18:31-33
“…all things that are written by the prophets concerning the son of man shall be accomplished….They shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.” Our Saviour never lies. Jesus always keeps His word. Illustration: During the Civil War General Sherman left a few men behind in the Kennesaw Mountains. Their job was to protect the fort and the supplies. General Hood attacked the fort after General Sherman left. The battle raged to the point that those in the fort were getting ready to surrender. Their officer in charge had been shot seven times. Sherman was fifteen miles away and was signaled of the event. He signaled back and said, “Hold the fort, for I am coming.” Jesus, our Commander, always keeps His word, and tells us, “Hold the fort, for I am coming.”
There was a joyous change in the disciples after the resurrection because what they had believed by faith came true. I read the story of a man who saw a boy holding a string. He asked, “What are you doing?” “Flying a kite,” was the boy’s reply. “I can’t see it. How do you know it is still up there?” “Because, even though it is so high I can’t see it, I can still feel the tug.” Those who know the resurrected Christ can feel the tug.
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