Things to understand Resurrection A. Our Body [All we have]
Our bodies wear out, they sag, they expand, they wrinkle, the joints get creaky, the arteries harden, gravity pulls everything downward, the heart slows down, the eyes grow dim, the teeth fall out, the back is stooped, the arms grow weary. Our bones break, our muscles weaken. The body bulges in the wrong places. It happens to all of us sooner or later.
I have a bit of news for you. Your body won’t last forever. You can eat all the low-fat food you want, but your body will still fall apart in the end. Did you know your body disintegrates all the time? You’re falling apart even while you are listening to this sermon.
Things to understand Resurrection A. Our Body [All we have] B. Our Death [All we face]
“ Of all the great wonders, none is greater than man. Only for death can he find no cure.” –[Sophocles]
What dies the Bible Say about death? <ul><ul><li>1. Death is certain (Hebrews 9:27a) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Death is not the end (Hebrews 9:27b) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Christ defeated death (2 Tim 1:10) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. Death remains the last enemy (1 Cor 15:26) </li></ul></ul>
According to the Bible, death came into the world because of sin (Romans 5:12). Death exists because sin exists. When sin has been removed once and for all, death will no longer exist. That’s why there will be no death in heaven (Revelation 21:3).
Things to understand Resurrection A. Our Body [All we have] B. Our Death [All we face] C. Our Resurrection [All we enjoy]
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 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.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor 15:51-55)
Resurrection from 1 Corinthians 15 1. It will happen instantly 2. It will happen when Jesus returns 3. It will result in our complete restoration
But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain (I Corinthians 15:35-37 ESV).
We believe in resurrection, not reincarnation.
It is not soul salvation that we believe in, but whole salvation. The resurrection of the body is the final step in our salvation.
Our Salvation 1. We are saved from the penalty of sin. 2. We are saved from the power of sin. 3. We are saved from the presence of sin.
Everyone who died a believer will be raised immortal. Death will not have the last word.
We are sown in dishonor and raised in glory. 1 Corinthians 15:43
The resurrection of the body means that when God saves us, he saves the whole person—body, soul and spirit. It also means that we will see again our loved ones who died in the Lord. And it transforms how we view death.