THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
April 12, 2009
I Corinthians 15 Without question this chapter of the Bible is one of the greatest chapters in all Holy Scripture. These writings of Paul are the oldest written accounts of the resurrection of our Lord. The truth of the resurrection of Christ is the cornerstone of Christianity as we know it.
KNOWN FACTS OF THE RESURRECTION
A. I Corinthians 15:4 The fact of the resurrection, “He rose again”.
B. I Corinthians 15:4 The time element of Christ’s resurrection, “the third day”. There are two main arguments regarding “three days”. The one argument says that He was crucified on Friday not counting the full twenty four hours in each day; the second argument is the one we stand on, and that is that Jesus died on Wednesday before six o’clock to give Him the full seventy two hours in the tomb and resurrecting early Sunday morning.
C. The reason for the resurrection:
(1) I Corinthians 15:3 The resurrection was the deed that saved us from our sins.
(2) Galatians 3:13; Titus 2:14 The resurrection of Christ redeemed (purchased) us for Himself.
(3) Romans 4:24-25 His resurrection was for our justification (freed us from the penalty of sin).
(4) Romans 5:11 Jesus resurrection brought about the atonement (the act of Jesus sacrificial death on the cross making God the Father satisfied with us, reconciling us to God).
(5) John 10:17-18 The resurrection of Christ proved Him to be the Son of God (John 10:29-30).
PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION
A. I Corinthians 15:5-8 In these few verses of scripture Paul refers to four different groups of people who could testify at the time of his writings that they had actually seen Jesus after His resurrection.
B. John 20:11-18 Mary Magdalene was the first to see the Lord after His resurrection.
C. Matthew 28:9-10 The other “Mary” who went to the sepulcher with Mary Magdalene also saw the risen savior on that early resurrection morning.
D. Luke 24:13-32 The two disciples on the road to Emmaus walked and talked with Jesus after His resurrection.
E. Luke 24:33-34 Apparently the Lord had appeared to Peter before the two disciples had reached the Apostles to tell them of their meeting with the Lord.
THE PERFECTION AND PROMISE
OF THE RESURRECTION
A. I Corinthians 15:41-44 In our natural bodies we are sown in corruption, in dishonor, in weakness, and bound by the laws of nature and the flesh. In our resurrected bodies we are raised in incorruption, raised in glory, raised in power and raised in a spiritual body not subject to disease and infirmities.
B. I Corinthians 15:50-53 In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul gives them a secret that has been hidden from mankind until his unveiling of this mystery which is that all Christians will not have to die to get to heaven. The rapture is revealed by Paul in these wonderful verses.
C. I Corinthians 15:54-57 Here we see Paul telling them and us that someday we will laugh at mans final enemies, death and the grave, as we exchange corruption for incorruption or mortality for immortality all because of the wonderful truth of the resurrection of The Lord Jesus Christ.