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Jesus Christ appeared to various groups and individuals on several occasions after his death, prior to his ascension into heaven.

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Giving honor to God the Father,and God the Son,and the Holy Ghost, pastor Thomas Rev. Perry, Rev. Tarver officers members and friend; Good morning may God bless you all is my prayer.

Prayer: Let the words of my mouth,And the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,O Lord, my strength,and my redeemer.

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Topic: The Empty Tomb

Thesis Faith Began with the empty Tomb.

O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Introduction:

The resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ on the third day

The resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ on the third day

The resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ on the third day

To Mary Magdalene

John 20:10–18 KJV 1900
10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

To the women at the tomb

Raised from the Dead 28:1–10
As do each of the Gospels, Matthew begins his Easter story by reporting the discovery that Jesus’ tomb is empty. The time reference in the Greek text of 28:1 could imply that the discovery occurred late Saturday evening, as the Sabbath was ending. It is more likely, however, that the NRSV renders the sense of the text correctly, and that the story told has an early dawn setting (cf. ).
Mark 16:2 KJV 1900
2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
Central to the story are the women who come to the tomb, hear the message that Jesus has been raised, and thus become the first witnesses to the resurrection. While this core of the story is common to all three of the synoptic Gospels, Matthew’s version of the episode contains a number of distinctive features:
(1) Only two women go to the tomb, the two Marys who earlier witnessed the crucifixion and burial. Further, they go not to anoint Jesus (the sealed tomb would prevent that), but simply to see the tomb. Presumably they plan to resume their vigil of mourning.
(2) The mysterious young man in a white robe in becomes the angel of the Lord, whose appearance here corresponds to earlier visits mentioned in the birth and infancy stories
Matthew 1:20 KJV 1900
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Portrayed with vivid images from the book of Daniel (10:6; 7:9–10), this divine messenger rolls the stone away in the women’s presence before he delivers his message.
Mark 16:5 KJV 1900
5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
(3) The visit of the angel unleashes a powerful earthquake. Like the previous earthquake at the crucifixion this one confirms that an old order is breaking up and a new one dawning.
The earthquake is not itself what frees Jesus from the tomb, but rather serves as a sign that God has raised Jesus
Matthew 27:51–54 KJV 1900
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Looking for a sign
Matthew 12:39–40 KJV 1900
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
No one saw the resurrection
12:38–40).
Believers Church Bible Commentary: Matthew Raised from the Dead 28:1–10

Raised from the Dead 28:1–10

As do each of the Gospels, Matthew begins his Easter story by reporting the discovery that Jesus’ tomb is empty. The time reference in the Greek text of 28:1 could imply that the discovery occurred late Saturday evening, as the Sabbath was ending. It is more likely, however, that the NRSV renders the sense of the text correctly, and that the story told has an early dawn setting (cf. Mark 16:2).

Central to the story are the women who come to the tomb, hear the message that Jesus has been raised, and thus become the first witnesses to the resurrection. While this core of the story is common to all three of the synoptic Gospels, Matthew’s version of the episode contains a number of distinctive features:

(1) Only two women go to the tomb, the two Marys who earlier witnessed the crucifixion and burial. Further, they go not to anoint Jesus (the sealed tomb would prevent that), but simply to see the tomb. Presumably they plan to resume their vigil of mourning.

(2) The mysterious young man in a white robe in Mark 16:5 becomes the angel of the Lord, whose appearance here corresponds to earlier visits mentioned in the birth and infancy stories (cf. 1:20, 24; 2:13, 19). Portrayed with vivid images from the book of Daniel (10:6; 7:9–10), this divine messenger rolls the stone away in the women’s presence before he delivers his message.

(3) The visit of the angel unleashes a powerful earthquake. Like the previous earthquake at the crucifixion (cf. 27:51–54), this one confirms that an old order is breaking up and a new one dawning. The earthquake is not itself what frees Jesus from the tomb, but rather serves as a sign that God has raised Jesus (cf. 12:38–40).

(4) The guards introduced in the prior episode witness the signlike events along with the women (neither group sees the resurrection itself). Unlike the women, the guards remain terrified, reluctant witnesses.

(5) When the women leave the sepulcher, they do so not only with fear, but with great joy. Moreover, they do not keep silent, as is the case in Mark’s account (Mark 16:8), but instead carry out the command to tell the good news to the disciples.

(6) Before the women find the disciples, Jesus himself appears to the women (vv. 9–10). Only Matthew records this appearance, although the Fourth Gospel reports a private reunion between Jesus and Mary Magdalene (John 20:1–18). The upshot of this addition to the story is that the women are not only the first to hear that Jesus is raised, but also the first to see the risen Lord.

Brief as it is, the report of Jesus’ appearance to the women makes several important points (cf. Meier, 1980:364). First, the resurrection of Jesus has a bodily dimension. The women are able to take hold of Jesus’ feet. Second, the resurrection renews the family relationship of Jesus and his disciples. Jesus speaks of a reunion with my brothers. Third, Galilee is named again as the place where this reunion will occur. The reason Jesus chooses Galilee will become apparent shortly (cf. 28:16–20; 26:32). Finally, the One who names us his sisters and brothers is also our Lord. He is One whom the women worship when he meets and greets them.

(4) The guards introduced in the prior episode witness the sign like events along with the women (neither group sees the resurrection itself). Unlike the women, the guards remain terrified, reluctant witnesses.
(4) The guards introduced in the prior episode witness the sign like events along with the women (neither group sees the resurrection itself). Unlike the women, the guards remain terrified, reluctant witnesses.
(5) When the women leave the sepulcher, they do so not only “with fear, but with great joy”. Moreover, they do not keep silent, as is the case in Mark’s account (), but instead carry out the command to tell the good news to the disciples.
Mark 16:8 KJV 1900
8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
The women was the first to hear, see, touch, and worship.
Matthew 28:9–10 KJV 1900
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
John 20:1–18 KJV 1900
1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
(6) Before the women find the disciples, Jesus himself appears to the women (vv. 9–10). Only Matthew records this appearance, although the Fourth Gospel reports a private reunion between Jesus and Mary Magdalene (). The upshot of this addition to the story is that the women are not only the first to hear that Jesus is raised, but also the first to see the risen Lord.
Brief as it is, the report of Jesus’ appearance to the women makes several important points (cf. Meier, 1980:364).
First, the resurrection of Jesus has a bodily dimension. The women are able to take hold of Jesus’ feet.
Second, the resurrection renews the family relationship of Jesus and his disciples. Jesus speaks of a reunion with my brothers.
Third, Galilee is named again as the place where this reunion will occur. The reason Jesus chooses Galilee will become apparent shortly (cf. 28:16–20; 26:32). Finally, the One who names us his sisters and brothers is also our Lord. He is One whom the women worship when he meets and greets them.
Matthew 28:1–10 KJV 1900
1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

To Peter:

Paul speaks of , “that he was seen of Cephas”

1 Corinthians 15:5 KJV 1900
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
Luke 24:34 KJV 1900
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
1 Corinthians 15:5 KJV 1900
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1 Corinthians 15:5 KJV 1900
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
Luke 24:34 KJV 1900
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

Communing and braking bread with Jesus should make your heart burn

Communing and braking bread with Jesus

Luke 24:13–16 KJV 1900
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
Luke 24:30–32 KJV 1900
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Further appearances of Jesus Christ

Mark 16:14 KJV 1900
14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

To the disciples in the upper room

See also ;
Mark 16 KJV 1900
1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. 3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. 8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid. 9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. 10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. 12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. 14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Mark 16:14 KJV 1900
14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
John 20:26 KJV 1900
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
1 Corinthians 15:5 KJV 1900
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

The appointed place, Galilee; a place of worship and doubt

John 21:1 KJV 1900
1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
See also ;
Matthew 28:16–17 KJV 1900
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
1 Corinthians 15:6–7 KJV 1900
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

Jesus Christ appears at his ascension

; ;
Mark 16:19 KJV 1900
19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Luke 24:50–51 KJV 1900
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
Acts 1:9 KJV 1900
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Jesus Christ’s resurrection body to the eleven

Matthew 28:16–20 KJV 1900
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Matthew 28:16-20

This suggests that the resurrected body of Jesus Christ was not restricted by natural laws: closed doors provided no barrier to Jesus Christ’s bodily appearance to his disciples.
See also The failure to recognise Jesus Christ may be an indication of his changed appearance but also might emphasise the disciples’ own sorrow and lack of faith; ;

It was a body of flesh and blood

Luke 24:39 KJV 1900
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
See also ;
John 20:20 KJV 1900
20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

Jesus Christ foretold his resurrection appearances

John 16:16 KJV 1900
16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

Responses to Jesus Christ’s resurrection appearances

Fear and alarm

Luke 24:37 KJV 1900
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
Matthew 28:10 KJV 1900
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Doubt and disbelief

Mark 16:11 KJV 1900
11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

Belief and joy

Matthew 28:8 KJV 1900
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

Understanding and worship

Matthew 28:9 KJV 1900
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

The significance of Jesus Christ’s resurrection appearances

They gave proof of Jesus Christ’s deity

John 20:28–29 KJV 1900
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Summary:

Christian life and faith depend on the trustworthiness of the witnesses’ testimony.

We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and that He roses on the third day for the sins of the world

1 Corinthians 15:17 KJV 1900
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
John 20:31 KJV 1900
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Acts 3:15 KJV 1900
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
Romans 1:4 KJV 1900
4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
1 Corinthians 15:1–58 KJV 1900
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. 12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die. 33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew 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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:14 KJV 1900
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1 Peter 1:3 KJV 1900
3 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,
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