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Significance of the Resurrection

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Significance of the Resurrection
Introduction:
In the busyness, how do we find meaning in the celebration of Easter?
Joella talking with her boss – Easter becoming a family day.
It is so much more than a family day.
It is the family celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.
We are surrounded by symbolism.
§ Easter lilies –
· It shows Christ’s purity, innocence and being untainted by the world.
· Reminds us of the new season and new birth when we come to Christ with the hope of eternity.
§ Easter Eggs –
· resurrection of Christ
· The shell represents the sealed tomb, cracking the shell is Jesus rising from the dead.
· Dying of the eggs red represents his shed blood of the cross.
· If you have ever done an egg roll it is representative of the stone being rolled away.
· Egg hunt symbolize the seeking Christ.
§ The Easter Bunny –
· Origin with German Lutherans judged wither children were good or bad.
· Represents the abundant life found in Christ through the resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:3–8 ESV
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
Earlier we read the Oldest account of Jesus’ resurrection. AD 55 25 years after the resurrection.
· What is the significance of the resurrection?
· What does Christ rising for the dead do for us in our marriage, our family, our job, basically the day to grind?
Body-
1 Corinthians 15:12–19 ESV
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1 Corinthians 15:12–20 ESV
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:12–19 ESV
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1 Corinthians 12 ESV
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
Without Christ resurrection We are still chained and imprisoned to sin and death.
We are chained by our –
§ Anxiety
§ Our stealing
§ Our lying
§ Our envy
§ Our broken relationships
§ Our porn addiction
§ Our gaming
§ Our drinking
§ Our gossip
§ Anything that breaks our relationship with God without the resurrection has a chained and imprisoned us.
We have no hope. If this world is all there is chained in our sin.
1 Corinthians 15:20–23 ESV
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
o First fruits mean Jesus was first. He is the first to rise from the dead never to die again. His is Alive!
· Jesus, Death could not hold you The veil tore before you You silence the boast of sin and grave The heavens are roaring The praise of Your glory For You are raised to life again
· You have no rival You have no equal Now and forever God You reign Yours is the kingdom Yours is the glory Yours is the Name above all names
o Adam’s sin brought sin and death with it chains
o Jesus’ resurrection brought life and that life more abundantly.
o Christ was first, and we are next.
1 Corinthians 15:50–58 ESV
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Cor. 15:
o When we see him, we will be changed into our new resurrected glorified bodies.
o No more temptation of sin or fear of death no more aches and pains.
o All the chains your will be gone.
o They will have no hold you.
o We will experience the full victory in Jesus
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Conclusion
· What is the significance of the resurrection?
o Core of our faith
o Proof of our faith
o Hope of our faith
· What does Christ rising for the dead do for us in our marriage, our family, our job, basically the day to grind?
o He sets us free from sin and death promising us glorified resurrected bodies.
o He gives us newness of Life ()
o He empowers us to live in his calling ()
o Today say yes to Jesus finding hope for this life and the next.
o You can have purpose for the present and hope for the future.
o The power of the resurrection is there for those who will confess with their mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in their heart that God raised him for the dead.
o Salvation is at hand will you receive it
o I want to give you that opportunity this morning.
o Please pray with me.
o If you want to begin the journey of being free from the chains of sin and death.
o Let’s pray, Jesus I confess you as Lord.
o You are in charge of my life. I give you control.
o I believe that God raised you from the dead and the you are alive today.
o Thank you for saving me and working in me the power of the resurrection, Amen.
· Sing: He Lives
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