1Corinthians 15:1-19 ,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, as to one abnormally born.
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed. But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Without the Resurrection our faith is useless and futile.
The power of Easter is the power of the resurrection.
Without the resurrection, the Christian faith has no hope to rest upon.
Resurrection means the triumph of life over death and destruction.
Because of the miracle of Easter, we have a promise, and the power of resurrection life!
On a certain Friday, Jesus body was laid in a tomb and a stone rolled across the front of it. NEWS SPREAD: CERTAIN, UNDENIABLE DEATH! Hell celebrated, Jesus’ followers mourned … Confused, they hid in fear. ON THAT FRIDAY, BAD NEWS BLANKETED THE REGION… No one could see that Sunday was coming!
Many of you have lived through the horror of a Friday, as a nation, we’ve lived through the horror of Friday.
Luke 24 tells us that 3 days after Jesus’ death, a mighty angel rolled away the stone from the tomb and Christ stepped out, roaring with resurrection power.
Today, my message, just like then, will be clear:
JESUS IS ALIVE!
It wasn’t over!
He humiliated Hell,
He overpowered the grave,
He conquered death,
He caused evil to bow its knee.
He took your transgressions, sins, and iniquities and pronounced you FORGIVEN and FREE. Jesus was not, and is not dead… He is ALIVE! The tomb is the wrong message and an incomplete headline!
No matter what news you have read, or what future you have imagined… understand one thing: