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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
Ph. 931 707-0799
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The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the very thing which separates our Christianity from all other religions. No matter who a person is, if that person doesn’t hold to the fact that Jesus arose from the dead they are traveling the road to destruction. There have been many people who have died for a cause. Many have given their lives for a movement and many have sacrificed themselves for freedom, but all of these are still dead. Mohammed, Confucius, Buddha and Lenin all gave themselves for their cause but they are also still dead. They also will one day stand before the God of the universe and give an account of themselves and be rewarded accordingly. But along comes another One, One born of a virgin; One who lived a perfect life; One who not only preached righteousness but lived righteously; One who went to a judgment hall; was beaten and led up a hill outside Jerusalem and hung on a cross. There He took His last breath before giving up the ghost. There He suffered for mankind and paid our sin debt and was buried away in a tomb and sealed with a Roman seal and guarded by the Roman government. The people though they had done away with Him but after three days the earth rumbled and shook and the voice of God spoke in that dark sepulchre and said “My beloved Son, arise and come forth!” and He arose and came forth from the grave, victorious over the grave and death. And because He arose; because death could not keep Him; because the devil could not defeat Him, we too can live. Over in First Corinthians 15: 12-18 Paul said there were some who said there was no resurrection. Well, if there be no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not resurrected and if He has not risen then our preaching is vain and useless; your faith is also vain and empty and we are even found to be false witnesses. And if Christ be not raised we are still in our sins and all who have died believing in Christ are perished and none of us have any hope. But, praise the Lord He is alive! He did come forth from the grave and He sits in Heaven today as our Mediator with God the Father. Paul wrote again to young Timothy in First Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and man; the man Christ Jesus”. We are not worshipping some dead person but we worship one who is alive and will be alive forevermore. Let’s take a quick look at this most important doctrine this week and see it’s importance to our faith.
The resurrection proves that Jesus was the Son of God. In the Old Testament He was prophesied of many times as coming into the world, but I only want to look at two passages concerning this. In Isaiah 53, perhaps one of the most well known chapters in the Old Testament, he tells of Jesus who was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and one who was acquainted with grief. He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows; He was wounded for our transgressions. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth and was brought as a lamb to the slaughter. All through this chapter the writer deals with the suffering Savior who died in order to set men free. Then over in Psalms 16:8-10 David writes “I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my soul in Hell; neither wilt Thou suffer thine holy One to see corruption”. Jesus did not see corruption due to the fact He was resurrected on the third day and not the fourth. We see in John chapter 11 where Jesus brought back His friend Lazarus from the dead. While at his tomb He told them to remove the stone and one said “But Lord it has been four days and by now he stinketh”; he is corrupt. Jesus was never corrupted as was prophesied there in Psalms 16. Even God testified to His Sonship on two occasions; at His baptism and at the transfiguration where He spoke from Heaven and said He was pleased with His Son.
The resurrection also completes the gospel message. Without the resurrection the cross would mean nothing. Jesus would have been just another martyr dying for some cause. But three days after the crucifixion the resurrection occurred, and that makes the gospel complete. In verses 1-4 of First Corinthians Paul writes “Moreover brethren I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received, how 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”. Without the third day experience He would still be in the tomb and we would be without hope. This gospel also must be preached for it is the only way a man can ever be saved. Paul wrote in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek”. There is no other way of salvation except by the gospel and it is for all people, Jew and Gentile alike. The gospel must also be believed in order for a person to be saved. There is no salvation without believing in the gospel and that includes believing in the resurrection. In another place Paul writes “That if thou 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”. So, in order to be saved one must accept and believe the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Lastly, the resurrection assures us of our future inheritance. Back in First Corinthians 15:19 it is written “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable”. I’m so glad my hope lies beyond this life! Warren Wiersbe wrote in one of his books “Because we have a living hope we can experience a hopeful living”. Because Jesus is alive we who are saved have a glorious future. Peter said in First Peter 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for you”. We have a future because He is alive and as long as He lives we will continue to have a future. Can you imagine the days right after the crucifixion and before the resurrection? There the disciples were discouraged, troubled, perplexed and scared; not knowing what they were going to do, afraid that the Romans or the Pharisees were coming after them next. But today we can look back and see all that transpired and we can be encouraged; we can have peace and enjoy freedom and experience excitement looking forward to His coming and we can have hope for tomorrow; all because He lives.
That mob who cried out for Jesus to be crucified, Pilate and Herod himself as well as the Pharisees who put Jesus to death; they all thought that this was the end of that man. They would have Him to worry about no more as they supposedly thought they had done away with Him. But God had other plans! Jesus came forth unbound from the grave clothes which held Him and free from the icy gripe of death and is alive today as our Savior! All because of the resurrection.