Ressurection Sunday: Why it Matters

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  • Ressurection Sunday: Why it Matters

    1. 1. Resurrection Sunday Why it matters
    2. 2. Previously...
    3. 3. The Fall
    4. 4. Adam our Representative • Adam signed “a declaration of independence” for all of mankind • Adam’s sins imputed (charged) to us • Romans 5:12-19
    5. 5. We are dead in our Sins
    6. 6. ...but God
    7. 7. The Word became Flesh
    8. 8. The Cross • Our sins imputed (charged) to Christ • Romans 5:8 • 2 Corinthians 5:21a
    9. 9. It is Finished • Christ’s perfect obedience to the Law • Satisfied the justice of God • Exhausted the wrath of God • Removed our sins from presence of God • Redeemed us from the curse of God • Reconciled us to God Jerry Bridges “The Gospel for Real Life”
    10. 10. He was Buried
    11. 11. Is this the end of the story?
    12. 12. Does it even matter? And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. – 1 Corinthians 15:17
    13. 13. On the Third Day He Rose Again
    14. 14. What is the Resurrection? • Jesus was alive • Jesus died for 3 days • Jesus came back from the dead fully restored and perfected • Consistent with his crucified body Mark Driscoll “Resurrection: God Saves”
    15. 15. Biblical Evidence • Prophecy • 1 Corinthians 15 - Resurrection activity • Jesus own predictions Mk recorded 8:31, Mk 9:30-31, Mk 10:33-34 • Doubting Thomas • Jesus died on the cross • Mary, James, Jude (his family)worship him as God • Buried in a well known and are counted as part of the early church tomb • Jesus returned on the third • Paul day Mark Driscoll “Resurrection: God Saves”
    16. 16. Circumstantial Evidence • Disciples transformed from • People worship Jesus as cowards into martyrs God • Remain loyal to Jesus as • Communion and Baptism Messiah • Women first witnesses • Disciples lives and actions argue against lying (nothing to gain) • Tomb not enshrined • Christianity comes into • Sabbath changes to Sunday existence Mark Driscoll “Resurrection: God Saves”
    17. 17. Extra-Biblical Historical Evidence • Flavius Josephus (37-97 AD), court historian for Emperor Vespasian • Cornelius Tacitus (55-120 AD), "the greatest historian" of ancient Rome • Gaius Suetonius Tranquillas, chief secretary of Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD) • Pliny the Younger, Roman governor of Bithynia in Asia Minor around 112 AD • Emporer Hadrian (117-138 AD), in a letter to Minucius Fundanus, the Asian proconsul
    18. 18. Our sins have been forgiven because Christ has been raised from the dead
    19. 19. Did Jesus die to give us a do-over? A right standing with God
    20. 20. A righteousness apart from the law Romans 3:21-26
    21. 21. Declared Righteousness • Christ’s righteousness imputed (credited) to us as believers • 2 Corinthians 5:21b • Romans 4:4-5 • Philippians 3:8-9 • The Great Exchange
    22. 22. Raised for our Justification • But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. – Romans 4:23-25
    23. 23. Justified by Faith • Galatians 2:15-21 • Romans 3:28 • Romans 4:1 • Romans 5:1 • Galatians 3:24
    24. 24. Alive in Christ • Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. – Romans 6:8 • Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” – Galatians 3:11
    25. 25. “Jesus was so full of merit that not only did he have enough righteousness to cancel out our sin and enough that he deserved to be raised from the dead, but he still had abundantly more credit remaining in his account...
    26. 26. As a result, our justification consists not just of a canceling of our debt, but also of an imputing to us of the righteousness of Christ. It is not only “just as if I’d never sinned,” but also, “just as if I’d already completed a perfect life.” Jesus doesn’t merely give us a clean slate and then sit back and watch whether we will mess it up again.” Adrian Warnock “Raised with Christ”
    27. 27. Faith Alone • Martin Luther argued that Christianity rises of falls on the doctrine of Justification by faith alone.
    28. 28. I am Thankful • Do I have the right relationship with God based on the imputed righteousness of Jesus? • Am I trusting in Jesus alone for my salvation, or am I to some degree relying on my own morality and religious duties? • If I know that I am justified through faith in Christ, do I enjoy the reality of it in my daily experience, or do I look to my own performance for my acceptance with God? Jerry Bridges “The Gospel for Real Life”

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