Reactions To The Resurrection

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Reactions To The Resurrection

  1. 2. <ul><li>Should Jesus followers celebrate Easter religiously? </li></ul><ul><li>Where’s B.C.V.??? </li></ul><ul><li>Is man free to make his own religious laws? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did Jesus rise from the dead? </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Easter Sunday Is From Man Not God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Roman Catholic apostasy started this to appease unrepentant pagans they encountered almost 1700 years ago. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Pagan Chaldeans, Egyptians, Teutons, celebrated a spring festival in honor of Ishtar, Ostern (Anglo-Saxon “Eastre”) in honor of the goddess of spring and light. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>325 A.D. Council of Nicea, Set Date 1 st Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox (March 21 st) So, Easter early as March 22 or late as April 25 th </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Easter Sunday Is From Man Not God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But what about Acts 12:4 ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Pasha,” 29 times in N.T. 28 times in KJV “Passover” …Other versions NIV, NKJ, NASB, ASV, RSV All say Passover . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There never was a more sad and unhappy translation than this. The original is simply, “after the passover”. (Barnes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ There is no trace of the Easter celebration in the New Testament” (ISBE pg. 889) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>True Christians Do Not Oppose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Resurrection of Christ – 1 Cor. 11:23-ff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proclaim this every week - Acts 20:7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remembrance of the Resurrection - 1 Cor. 11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preaching of the Resurrection - 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Acts 4:2; 17:18; Rom. 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:3; 3:21 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Why Oppose EASTER? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every Act Of Worship Must Be Authorized! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt. 28:20; Col. 3:17; 2 Thes. 2:15; 2 Jn. 9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most Catholics & Protestants Admit Easter Is Not Part Of N.T. Worship! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:3; 1 Cor. 4:6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easter Is A Tradition Of Man & Makes True Worship Void And Vain (John 4:24)! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt. 15:8-9; Gal. 1:8-9 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Purpose of Christ’s Resurrection: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliver Us… Gal. 1:4; Jn. 3:14-16 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Destroy Power of Death… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heb. 2:9, 14; 1 Cor. 15:42-48, 50-57 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconcile, Justify Us… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Col. 1:21-22; Rom. 4:25 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repentance & Rem. Of Sins Preached… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lk. 24:46-47 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But Nothing About Easter! </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Christ’s Resurrection Assures Us: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus Is The Son Of God! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rom.1:4; Mt.12:39-40 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We Have A Living Hope! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Pet. 1:3; 2 Tim. 1:10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We Will Be Raised! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Thes. 4:14; Jn. 5:28-29 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We Will Meet God In Judgment! Acts 17:30-31 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But Nothing About Easter! </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>What Is Your Reaction To The Resurrection? </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus wants you to react in obedience to the Gospel! </li></ul><ul><li>You can be saved from sin if you… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Believe the Gospel message – Mark 16:16 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repent of Sin – Acts 2:38 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confess Jesus – Romans 10:10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are Baptized – 1 Peter 3:21 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>--Live Faithful Till Death – Rev. 2:10 </li></ul></ul>

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