WHY DOES THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS MATTER?

“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead...” Ephesians 1:19-20a NLT

1)     IT PROVES JESUS IS WHO HE CLAIMS TO BE

““Who are you?” they demanded. Jesus replied, “The one I have always claimed to be.” John 8:25 NLT

“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.”  1 Corinthians 15:3-7 NKJV

2)     IT PROVES JESUS DOES WHAT HE PROMISES

“They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.” Mark 10:34 NLT

DISCOVERING HOPE

MARY: STUCK IN DESPAIR AND HOPELESSNESS

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” Luke 24:5bNKJV

“Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).” John 20:13-16 NKJV

“In God’s great mercy he has caused us to be born again into a living hope, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3b NCV

PETER: STUCK IN GUILT AND REGRET

“Simon Peter said, “I am going out to fish.” The others said, “We will go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat. They fished that night but caught nothing.” John 21:3 NCV

“… God made you alive with Christ, and he forgave all our sins. He canceled the debt, which listed all the rules we failed to follow. He took away that record with its rules and nailed it to the cross.”  Colossians 2:13b-14 NCV

THOMAS: STUCK IN DOUBT

“The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”” John 20:25 NKJV

“Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.””  John 20:27-29 NKJV

“Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 GNT

 

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