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  • The Evidence for Resurrection Laindon 31 st January 2010
  • Three key questions...
    • What does the Bible have to say about resurrection?
    • Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
    • What does resurrection mean for me?
  • The words of Paul...
    • “ Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
    • But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
    • And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain , and your faith is also vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:12-14
  • Why is it so crucial?
    • Man’s natural state is mortal (Psalm 89:48)
    • Death is a state of total oblivion (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6)
    • Death is the result of sin (Romans 5:12)
    • Our only hope is resurrection (John 11:23-26)
  • The hope of resurrection
    • 1 Corinthians 15:19-23
    • 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.
  • Confidence in Jesus Christ Resurrection
  • “ We all are witnesses” Peter
    • Christ’s trial and crucifixion an historic fact
    • The witnesses confirmed Jesus’ claim he would rise after three days
    • Jesus definitely died upon the cross, Pilate confirmed it and Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus buried him
    • Only Mary Magdalene, Mary wife of Cleopas and Salome remained
  • “ We all are witnesses” continued
    • The first witnesses were the women and they thought the body taken
    • The disciples could not have stolen the body
    • One fact that has never been challenged: the tomb was empty
    • The disciples were profoundly convinced and brought great energy to their witness
  • “ We all are witnesses” continued
    • The phenomenal speed of growth of Christianity – SOMETHING HAPPENED
    • The place of witness was Jerusalem
    • The disciples won the argument and James and Saul were converted
    • So who actually moved the stone?
    • Authorities placed the guard after Joseph took the body
    • There is no tomb of Jesus
  • Jesus rose from the dead
    • Acts 2:22-24
    • 22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
    • 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
    • 24 Whom God hath raised up , having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
  • Resurrection crucial to us
    • If we are in Christ we can share in his resurrection (Romans 6:3-11)
    • Resurrection will be at Christ’s return (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
    • Resurrection will be to judgement (Daniel 12:2)
    • We must work for our salvation (Mark 10:29-30)
  • Our hope of resurrection
    • 1 John 5:11-13
    • 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
    • 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
    • 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God .