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THE RESURRECTION!

Posted by Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles on April 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

 

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

 

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ ”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known.

 

The Apostle Paul's Compelling Words

 

"Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received, I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also…" 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

 

If There Were No Resurrection

 

There were still many living witnesses of the resurrected Christ in Paul’s time. Most compelling is the testimony of those who walked most closely to Jesus. These were people who saw Jesus suffering, from His sweat and blood agonizing in the garden of Gethsemane, to His betrayal, His unjust trial and crucifixion. They would have had the most to lose for keeping the teachings of Christ alive, and they knew it, hence the running scared after His death. But these former cowards who had abandoned their Master when he needed them most, risked their lives to preach that He lives.

 

All of the apostles, with the exception of John, died a martyr's death. If Jesus had not risen, they wouldn't have risked this fate.

Without the Resurrection, We Would Have No Hope of Deliverance from Sin

Paul speaks to this with his most startling passages in the Bible, “You see at the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6

 

Sin and death entered the world through a man, Adam, and a man, the one who was also God, died to take it away. Paul says, “For just as through the disobedience of one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man the many will be made righteous.” Without the Resurrection, Jesus’ obedience was for naught. But we can give thanks that all will be well. “So just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:19-20

 

In I Corinthians 15:17-18, Paul tells us if Christ had not been raised, “Then those who have fallen asleep are lost.” Along with so much hope their lives inspired. And that is just depressing.

 

But they are not lost. At the end of that riveting chapter, verses 51-53, Paul writes, “Listen, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” And what will we change into? The exquisite garment of immortality! This is the hope of every believer, of all times. The brand-spanking-new Easter clothing we wear to church is but a homely picture of what is to come: we will be changed. We will be brand-new.

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2 Comments

Reply Rev. Saundra
4:05 PM on April 6, 2010 
Great sermon pastor. All glory to God. We look forward to that great getting up morning.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
11:26 PM on April 6, 2010 
Thank you Rev. Saundra for your encouraging comment! I appreciate you and love you my friend! Blessings always!!!