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            "THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST"


INTRODUCTION

1. "Easter Sunday" is an annual holiday celebrated by many...
   a. Millions of people commemorate the resurrection of Jesus on this
      day
   b. Many consider it as "the most holy" of religious holidays
   c. For some, it marks the only time they attend church services
      (Christmas runs a close second)

2. Christians in the first century did not have an annual observance of
   this event...
   a. The word "Easter" is found only once in the KJV Bible - cf. Ac
      12:4
   b. The word in the Greek is actually "Passover", and so translated
      elsewhere in the KJV
   c. "It is reasonably certain that the NT contains no reference to a
      yearly celebration of the resurrection of Christ" (ISBE)
   d. The annual observance is a human tradition, introduced in the
      second and third centuries

3. Churches today who follow the New Testament pattern do not celebrate
   "Easter" per se...
   a. Like the church in Jerusalem, they are content to abide in the
      apostles' doctrine - Ac 2:42
   b. They note Paul's teaching regarding religious holidays - cf. Ga
      4:9-11
   c. They value Jesus' warning regarding the traditions of men - cf. Mt
      15:9

4. This does not in any way demean the importance of the resurrection of
   Christ...
   a. It has great significance to the Christian
   b. It is something we should think about often (certainly more than
      once a year)

5. It is an appropriate subject even on "Easter Sunday", just as
   sermons...
   a. On thankfulness are around Thanksgiving
   b. On mothers are on Mother's Day
   -- Even though churches may not celebrate such holidays per se

[With that thought in mind, allow me to use this opportunity to review
the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ for the Christian.
It's significance can first be seen by considering...]

I. IF CHRIST WAS NOT RAISED

   A. GOSPEL PREACHING IS VAIN... (1Co 15:14)
      1. The preaching of the apostles is empty, meaningless
      2. Because they proclaimed nothing more than a fairy tale, a story
         of fiction

   B. OUR FAITH IS VAIN... (1Co 15:14)
      1. Our belief in Christ would also be empty, meaningless
      2. For our faith would be in a lie, a story of make believe, not
         truth

   C. THE APOSTLES WERE FALSE WITNESSES... (1Co 15:15)
      1. They swore that God raised Jesus from the dead - Ac 2:32
      2. They claimed to spend 40 days with Him after the resurrection,
         eating and drinking with Him - Ac 10:39-41
      3. There is no way they could have been deceived or mistaken;
         either they told the truth or they were deliberate liars,
         deceivers, and frauds!

   D. WE ARE STILL IN OUR SINS... (1Co 15:17)
      1. It would have been a liar or lunatic that died on the cross
      2. No such person could have provided a sacrifice that was holy
         and without blemish

   E. BELIEVERS HAVE PERISHED AT DEATH... (1Co 15:18)
      1. Their faith would have been in a false Messiah
      2. They would have had no atonement for their sins
      3. Dying in their sins, there would be no hope

   F. CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE PITIED... (1Co 15:19)
      1. Because we believe in a false Messiah
      2. Because our faith in Him leads us to refrain from much worldly
         pleasure
      3. Because we are often ridiculed or persecuted for our faith

[As Paul makes it clear, the resurrection of Christ is foundational to
the Christian faith.  If Jesus is not raised, then we should not be
Christians!  Now let's examine the significance from another angle...]

II. IF CHRIST HAS BEEN RAISED

   A. IT VERIFIES OUR JUSTIFICATION... (Ro 4:24-25)
      1. Jesus claimed His blood would be adequate - Mt 26:28
      2. By raising Jesus from the dead, God demonstrated His acceptance
         of Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins! - Ro 8:33-34

   B. IT DEMONSTRATES THE POWER AVAILABLE TO THE CHRISTIAN... (Ep 1:
      18-20)
      1. Power available at our conversion - Col 2:11-12; 1Pe 3:21
      2. Power available to live the Christian life - Ro 8:11-13; Php 2:
         12-13; 4:13; Ep 3:20; 6:10

   C. IT GIVES US HOPE CONCERNING OUR OWN RESURRECTION... (1Pe 1:3)
      1. His resurrection gives us a living hope! - 1Pe 1:21
      2. Especially concerning the resurrection of believers! - 1Th 4:
         13-14

   D. IT DEMANDS OUR COMPLETE LOYALTY... (Ro 14:9)
      1. He was raised and then exalted to become our Lord - Ac 2:32-36;
         Ep 1:20-23
      2. Thus our lives and service belong to Him - Ro 14:7-8; 2Co 5:15

CONCLUSION

1. The impact of the resurrection of Jesus should not go unfelt in our
   lives...
   a. As a historical event it has everlasting implications
   b. For both the believer and the unbeliever

2. The believer must never lose sight of the significance of the
   resurrection...
   a. Do our lives demonstrate that we serve a risen Lord and Savior?
   b. Do we possess the hope, peace, and strength that the reality and
      power of His resurrection gives to the Christian?

3. The unbeliever also needs to examine the significance of the
   resurrection carefully...
   a. It verifies the deity of Jesus, that He has all authority - Ro
      1:4; Mt 28:19; Ac 2:36
   b. It verifies the truthfulness of what He taught, such as...
      1) No one can come to the Father but through Him - Jn 14:6
      2) His blood was shed for the remission of sins - Mt 26:28
      3) He came to offer abundant life - Jn 10:10
      4) He went to prepare a place for us - Jn 14:2
      5) He shall come again - Jn 14:3
      6) There will be a resurrection of the dead and ensuing judgment
         - Jn 5:28-29; 12:48
   c. If Jesus rose from the dead, then one must believe in Him! - cf.
      Jn 8:24

May we never forget "The Significance Of The Resurrection of Christ" in
our lives!
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