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The Resurrection of the Christ

April 21, 2019 Speaker: Rick Negley Series: Easter

Scripture: Matthew 28:1–28:20

 

The Resurrection of the Christ

(Matthew 28:1-20)

 

 

Death Is No Stranger to Any of Us

            Since shortly after creation, people have experienced death.

                        God intended for us to know life and peace.

                        But sin made a separation between us and God (Isaiah 59:2).

            We have all been impacted by death.

                        We have all lost loved ones, and not only the aged.

                        Our bodies are subject to decay (2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 5:1-4).

In fact, all of creation groans (Romans 8:22-23).

                        We long for the restoration and renewal God has promised.

 

Jesus is the Focal Point of History

            Therefore we must consider the following:

The Expectation, Redemption, and Crucifixion of the Christ

                        The Resurrection of the Christ

                        This “Christ” is not a generic “god” but the Jesus of history.

 

Apologetics and Attempts to Explain the Empty Tomb

            An impostor or substitute died in the place of Jesus.

            Jesus didn’t really die.  He only fainted on the cross.

            The disciples went to the wrong tomb.

            The disciples were hallucinating.

            The disciples were lying.

            The body of Jesus was stolen.

 

Implications of the Resurrection of the Christ

            The resurrection of Jesus shows that He is God.

                        Therefore we are to worship Him with great joy (Phil. 2:5-11).

                                    The price of our salvation has been paid in full.

                                    Jesus paid the penalty for our sins with His own life.

His resurrection is like a receipt showing that He paid in full.

                                    Jesus bought eternal life for all who trust in Him.

            Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth.

                        Therefore we must repent and trust and treasure Him.

            Not only does Jesus have all authority.  He promises His presence.

                        Therefore we must make disciples as we go through life.

                                    Who is God calling you to reach?

                                    What will you do by God’s grace to reach them?