Resurrection Sunday 2017

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The resurrection is the most fundamental element of true Christianity.

  • Six specific points that separate Christianity from all other belief systems:
    • God is our Father
    • Jesus Christ is our Savior
    • Redemption is a gift from God by His grace
    • The World is our mission field (Salvation is offered to everyone, equally)
    • Christ gives literal eternal life
    • Christ literally conquered death, evidenced through His resurrection
  • The resurrection changes Christianity from a religion to a
    • In religion, man reaches out to God
    • In Christianity, a loving God, our Heavenly Father, reaches out to His creation.
    • I prefer to not be thought of as a “religions” person, but rather as a person of faith.

Today, nearly 2,000 years after Jesus’ death, beliefs about the resurrection have become quite clouded among the world religions, and even in the realm of Christianity.

  • As time goes on, fundamental beliefs become less fundamental.
    • No more eyewitnesses
    • No quantity of reliable written documentation
    • Modern technology causes mankind to become more self-reliant and less God reliant
  • In the first and second centuries, the resurrection of Jesus was much more of an accepted fact.
    • The early creeds all acknowledged it.
      • Apostles Creed; Nicene Creed; Athanasian Creed; Luther’s Catechism; Augsberg Confession – all state a common belief in the resurrection

How do we know that Christ arose from the dead?

  • Do we have proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Yes, it can be
    • Study the Scriptures
      • Prophecies concerning the resurrection
        • Psalms 16, 22, 40 and 110
        • Isaiah 53
        • Genesis 3
        • Matthew and Luke recorded Jesus own prophecy of His resurrection
      • Testimonies of human witnesses of Jesus after the resurrection
        • Matt 28:2-4 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guardswere so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. NIV
        • Gospels of Mark and John – He was seen by Mary Magdalene
        • Gospel of Matthew – He was seen by women returning from the tomb
        • Gospels of Mark and Luke – He was seen by Cleopas and a friend on the road to Emmaus
        • 1 Cor. – He was seen by Peter
        • Gospels of Luke and John and the Book of Acts – He was seen by the 11 disciples
        • All in all – 17 records of Jesus being seen, bodily, physically, tangibly, walking, talking, eating, embracing, comforting, witnessing – in one instance to 500 people simultaneously! (Matt 28:16; 1 Cor. 15:6)
      • Read the testimonies of the early church (mentioned in the Credo’s above)
      • The greatest proof of the resurrection?
        • (Macro-view) Look around…people in Westminster, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, all of Orange County, Southern California, the west coast, the United States, North America, Europe, Asia, every continent and every country…Millions are celebrating and acknowledging, in faith, the glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
        • (Micro-view) Look within…lives changed, hope instilled, sin forgiven, mourners comforted, illness healed, walls broken down, relationships restored…because of the glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

How has Jesus’ resurrection affected you?

  • John 20:11-16 Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”  Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). NIV

Mary Magdaline knew Him by his voice. Jesus is calling you today. Can you hear His voice? Listen. Jesus is calling out to you today, because He loves you, and because His desire is for you to spend eternity with Him.

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