Speaking the Truth in Love
Resurrection of Christ
1. Deny the Resurrection (Matt. 28:11-15)
Many today deny the resurrection. Just because we deny something does not change the truth(e.g., law of gravity, existence of Abraham Lincoln, etc.).
2. The Prophecies
The evil Jewish leaders were aware of the prophecies, however, many sought to destroy the one who was to fulfill them.
b. Sign of Jonah (Matthew 12:39-40)
c. Destroy the Temple (John 2:19-21)
3. The Witnesses
How many witnesses were needed to establish truth under Jewish Law? Two or three. To prove that they were correct, all they would have had to do was produce the body of Jesus. Let us look at how many witnesses saw the truth.
Who saw the empty tomb?
b. The guards or soldiers (Matthew 28:4, 11)
d. The angel (Matthew 28:5-7)
How many Witnessed the Risen Savior?
a. Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9)
b. Another Mary (Matthew 28:1, 9-10)
e. The disciples at the Sea of Galilee (John 21)
f. Over 500 (1 Corinthians 15:6)
g. James (1 Corinthians 15:7)
h. Paul (Saul) (1 Corinthians 15:8)
4. The Significance (1 Corinthians 15:1-20)
Recently, a big deal has been made and a lot of money has been profited concerning a movie about the death of Jesus. But, the most important part of what Jesus did was left out. If Jesus had simply died as a human such as Mohammed, Martin Luther, Joseph Smith, John Wesley, Martin Luther King Jr., Confucius, or any other religious leader, there would be no hope for mankind. His resurrection declares Him to be the Son of God (Romans 1:4). But since He was resurrected and overcame death and paid the price for sin, all people (including you) can have their sins washed away in the waters of baptism! What a loving God! What a wonderful Savior! What a powerful story! Why not decide to follow the risen Savior and obey Him today? If you refuse Him, His death means nothing to you and you will die in your sins (Acts 17:30-31). Obey Him and you will gain your best friend and have the hope of eternal life in Heaven. We hope to see you next time on Speaking the Truth in Love.