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The Fantastic Power of the Resurrection

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the resurrection of Jesus has secured victory for all who believe in him.

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“The Fantastic Power of the Resurrection”
1 Corinthians 15:20-28; 15:51-58
1 Corinthians 15:20–28 NLT
20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. 21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back. 24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. 25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” (Of course, when it says “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) 28 Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.
INTRODUCTION:
Congress once issued a special edition of Thomas Jefferson’s Bible. It was simply a copy of our Bible with all references to the supernatural or eliminated. Jefferson, in his selection from the Bible, confined himself solely to the moral teachings of Jesus. The closing words of Jefferson’s Bible are: “there they laid Jesus, and rolled a great stone to the mouth of the sepulcher and departed.”
If our Bible ended like that, it would mean the impossibility of other resurrections. But thank God our Bible does not end like that! In the resurrection of Jesus Christ the dead is our living hope.
Through the fantastic power of the resurrection of Christ, threefold victory has been secured for us…

I- VICTORY IN REGENERATION (1st Corinthians 15:20 – 22)

1 Corinthians 15:20–22 NLT
20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. 21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.
A- In Adam, all die. (1st Corinthians 15:21 a, 22 a)
1 Corinthians 15:21a NLT
21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.
1 Corinthians 15:22a NLT
22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.
All humans are under sin. (Romans 3:23)
Romans 3:23 NLT
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
Sin is all-inclusive. There is not one individual who is not a sinner!
How many times is it necessary to kill in order to be a murderer?
If you have committed one sin you are just as guilty as a hardened criminal. (James 2:10)
James 2:10 NLT
10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.
all are under the death penalty because of sin.
(Romans 5:12)
Romans 5:12 NLT
12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
(Romans 6:23)
Romans 6:23 NLT
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
you have a clear choice – you can insist upon what you deserve, or plead for grace you do not deserve.
B- In Christ, all may live. (1st Corinthians 15:21 B, 22 B)
1 Corinthians 15:21 NLT
21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.
Jesus provides the way into the grace of the father.
(Romans 6:23 B)
Romans 6:23 NLT
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 4:25)
Romans 4:25 NLT
25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
C- The power of the gospel to save:
The power of the gospel to save is seen in the life of Saul of Tarsus, the religious murderer.
The power of the gospel to save is seen in the life of Mary Magdalene, the harlot.

II- VICTORY IN RULERSHIP (1st Corinthians 15:24 – 28)

A- Jesus is Lord of all.
1. He is Lord of the rulers of the earth (1st Corinthians 15:24)
1 Corinthians 15:24 NLT
24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power.
a. the president of the United States, the Soviet Union, and the head of every nation on earth will ultimately surrender all power and authority to Jesus!
2. he is Lord over all humans. (Philippians 2:10 – 11)
a. You will either bow and acknowledge Jesus’s Lordship now and receive salvation or at the end of the world and be condemned.
B- Jesus will ultimately rule over all. (Revelation 19:1 – 20:4) (read– Revelation 19:11 – 16)
Revelation 19:11–16 NLT
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
1- Believers will rule and reign with Christ. (Revelation 2:26 – 27)
Revelation 2:26–27 NLT
26 To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, To them I will give authority over all the nations. 27 They will rule the nations with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.

III- VICTORY IN RESURRECTION (1st Corinthians 15:51 – 58, 26)

A- death will be conquered once and for all. (1st Corinthians 15:26, 54)
1 Corinthians 15:26 NLT
26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:54 NLT
54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory.
1- Death has reigned over mankind since Adam.
a. Medical science has advanced and conquered many diseases – yet the mortality rate is still 100%!
b. Whether you want to think about it or not, you will one day face the Grim Reaper like all others before you!
2- Jesus defeated death when he walked out that empty tomb!
Because Jesus conquered death, the believers victory is assured. (1st Corinthians 15:57)
1 Corinthians 15:57 NLT
57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
B- the believer will be resurrected with an incorruptible body. (1st Corinthians 15:51 – 58)
1 Corinthians 15:51–58 NLT
51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. 54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
1- Our bodies are in differing stages of decay now.
a. Physical infirmities have set in and sickness takes its toll upon all of us.
2- When he raises us, we will have incorruptible bodies!
a. Jesus holds the keys to our resurrection.
*Where was the key?
A little girl died in a hotel where she was stopping with her father. The mother was dead. Just to follow the body to the cemetery, the father and the minister. The man’s grief was great. At the grave he took from his pocket a key unlocked the casket and looked on the face of the child once more, then silently close the casket and handed the key to the keeper of the cemetery. On the way back to the city the minister quoted to the heartbroken man Revelation 1:18, explaining how the Lord Jesus though dead was now live. “What what is that about the keys?” Asked the man. “It means this,” said the minister. “You think the key to your little girl’s casket is in the hands of the keeper of the cemetery. Let me tell you, the key to your little girl’s grave hangs at the girdle of the son of God, and he will come some morning and use it.” Then the light broke through the man’s tears and he saw the glory of the resurrection.
CONCLUSION:
Today is Easter! It is a testimony to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. His resurrection is the assurance of the believer’s victory.
Have you experienced the fantastic power of his resurrection in your life through the new birth? If not you can right now.
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