Why the Resurrection Matters
[00:00:00] Pray as we begin. Lord God you tell us that when your word goes out. When it’s presented and proclaimed that it does not return void but you will do with it.
[00:00:14] What you want you accomplish what you want through the proclamation and your words a lot. I pray that even now as we look at why does a resurrection matter and that we look at salvation that though we may be children of God we may use this opportunity to remind us how to share the good news the Gospel Jesus Christ with those who don’t know. And we pray that through it that it brings glory to you and we pray this in jesus name. A man. You probably do not remember the name Nicholai ivánovich boo Herring he in his day was as powerful of a man as there was here on earth. He was a Russian Communist leader that took part in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and he was the editor of the Soviet newspaper Pravda which interestingly means the truth.
[00:01:23] And he was a full member of the Politburo and his works on economics and political science were are still being read today. There is a story told about a journey that he took from Moscow to Kiev in 1930 to address a huge assembly of people on the subject of atheism. And addressing the crowd.
[00:01:50] He came to his his heavy artillery against the Christian gospel hurling insults and arguments and and proof against Christianity and an hour later when when he finished he looked up at what seemed to him to be the smother the smoldering run of men’s faith out in the audience.
[00:02:17] And he says are there any questions. And he demanded.
[00:02:24] And no one stood there was a deafening silence filled the auditorium. And then one man one man stood. And he walked to the platform of the. Stood there next to the speaker. And he surveyed the crowd and he looked to the right. And he looked to the left. And he finally shouted.
[00:02:52] An ancient greeting known well to the Russian Orthodox Church. And he yelled out Christ is risen. And in masses one person they all stood.
[00:03:09] And they said he is risen indeed. And I stand here before you this morning. And I say he has risen and he is risen.
[00:03:24] Indeed. I am convinced.
[00:03:30] I have faith. That Jesus Christ was crucified. That he died and that he was buried. And he rose again on the third day. And he will come again in his glory as Scripture tells us. That on this Easter morning. We celebrate. That risen Savior.
[00:03:58] We all say Amen. This morning I will look at why does it matter.
[00:04:07] Whether Christ resurrected from the grave.
[00:04:12] And I want to share with you that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is important for two reasons. First.
[00:04:22] If Christ did not raise from the dead we are still dead in our sins. And secondly because of the resurrection of Christ. Sin no longer.
[00:04:41] Has power over us. If you turn to your Bibles in your Bibles to first Corinthians. Chapter 15. First Corinthians 15 I will start reading in verse 1 and then we’ll skip to verse. Well the first Corinthians chapter 15 verses 1 to 4 says.
[00:05:06] Now I would remind you brothers of the gospel I preached to you which you received and which you stand in by which you are being saved. If you hold fast to the word I preached to you unless you believed in vain For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received that Christ died for our sins in accordance with scripture that he was buried.
[00:05:38] That he was raised on the third day in accordance with Scripture. Then it goes on in verse 12. To say now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead how can some say or how can some of you say that there is no resurrection from the dead. But if there is no resurrection of the dead.
[00:06:04] Then not even Christ has been raised.
[00:06:07] And if Christ has not been raised then our preaching of is is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be mess. Mis representing God because we testify about God that he raised Christ. Whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised for the dead are not raised not even Christ has been raised.
[00:06:35] And if Christ has not been raised your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep speaking of those who died in Christ. They have perished in Christ we have hope in this life only we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact.
[00:07:01] Christ has been raised from the dead.
[00:07:05] The first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
[00:07:09] So here Paul explains in detail the importance of the resurrection of Christ. First reason of the importance of the resurrection of Christ. He says that if Christ did not raise from the dead then we are still dead in our sins. You see some in Koren’s because this was written to the Christians at the church in corn and corn did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. And in this chapter Paul gives some disastrous consequences. If.
[00:07:50] There were no resurrection the first he says that if there is no resurrection no one would be redeemed from sin.
[00:08:02] And he says here in verse 17 and if Christ has not been raised your faith is futile and you are still in your sin. So if it wasn’t for the resurrection we would still be dead in our sins instead of.
[00:08:19] Negatively saying that we’re still in our sins. We can positively say turn around that because of the resurrection we are forgiven of our sins. How is the resurrection associated with our forgiveness. Well it’s that the death of Christ the death of Jesus takes away our sin because he bore our sins on himself he took our judgment that we deserve.
[00:08:55] When he died when God punished him on the cross it wasn’t for his sins because he never sinned. He was punished.
[00:09:07] For our sins. Christ died.
[00:09:12] For our sins.
[00:09:14] ROMANS four twenty five puts it this way who is speaking of Jesus was delivered up for our friends or for our trespasses and raised for our justification. This means that by his death he paid the penalty that we owed. For our sins he purchased our acquittal. Our justification our forgiveness. God raised Jesus from the dead. It was to validate our forgiveness to vindicate his son’s righteousness and to celebrate the work of justification. Secondly not only would we still be in our sins. Those that have died before us would have perished. So the reason it’s so important not only. Would we still be in our sins the ones who have died before us.
[00:10:19] They would have perished. Thirdly. Preaching Christ. For us. People who proclaim you all and me preaching Christ would be senseless.
[00:10:32] And Faith in Christ would be useless. But the resurrection of Christ has changed all of this.
[00:10:42] Verse 14 says if Christ has not been raised then our preaching is in vain and your faith is also in vain. So if he had not resurrected from the dead as he had said he would do. Then be senseless me preaching. You believing forcefully is preached in verse 15 that that all witnesses and preachers of the resurrection that would be lying. If he hadn’t resurrected from the dead verse 15 says. We are even found to be mis representing God. We will be liars.
[00:11:22] Because we have testified about God that he raised Christ whom he did not raise. If it was true that the dead were not raise. But it is not true because Christ did rise from the dead because of the resurrection see what we preach is Prue’s the resurrection of Christ validated dipp prove that it is true. What we preach you know today our young people will not just our young people many of us were taught that there is no absolute truth.
[00:12:04] In the world today. You hear it all over the place. We are taught that when we were growing up.
[00:12:12] There is no absolute truth that God what is absolute truth. Let me give you a different definition absolute truth. It’s something that is true. All the time. Everywhere. Whether people know it.
[00:12:27] Or they like it. When we give that to you again absolute truth is something that is true all the time everywhere whether people know it whether they like it. And you see that that’s why the word of God is attacked.
[00:12:45] Because we believe that found here that the word of God is absolute truth. It doesn’t change.
[00:12:57] What was told that Christians back in the first century is told to us. And the truth does not change it’s absolute. And today we are being told as we have for centuries that there is no absolute truth that there is. Now the second reason. The resurrection is so important is that because of the resurrection of Jesus.
[00:13:29] Sin no longer has any power over the believer.
[00:13:35] We are no longer slaves to sin. He has no power over us. Romans 6 started verse four. Paul tells the Christians in Rome. That we were buried therefore with him by baptism into death in order that.
[00:13:56] Just as Christ was raised from the dead.
[00:14:01] By the glory of the Father we too might walk in newness of life or if we have been united with him in a death like his we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died. Has been set free from sin. But now if we have died with Christ we believe that we also will live with him. We know that Christ being raised from and see how the resurrection keeps coming into play here. We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again that death no longer has dominion over him for the death he died. He died sin. Once and for all but the life he lives. He lives to God.
[00:15:18] So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
[00:15:28] So you see the resurrection it is important that not only if he had not resurrected we should be dead in our sins but because of his resurrection sin has no power over the believer any longer. We can look at salvation in three ways in a sense. Pastor. Present. And then future in the past. We have been saved from the penalty. Of sin. Scripture tells us the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life. The penalty of sin is death. Eternal separation from God and the first thing that salvation saves a believer from is from the penalty of sin which is death because you see Jesus bore the full wrath of God that we deserved. Back in believing on what Jesus Christ did at the cross of Calvary.
[00:16:39] We are saved from the penalty of sin. That’s called justification.
[00:16:49] We have been saved. From the penalty of sin presently.
[00:16:59] We have been saved from the power of sin and although God has made every believer a new creation. Scripture tells us we still we still wrestle with our flesh. When we were unbelievers. You see we were in bondage to sin. We had no choice but to sin. We are in bondage to sin Scripture tells us. Is salvation. God has allowed us if we are living in the power of the Spirit to have power over sin sin no longer controls that we are no longer in bondage to sin that that’s what we call sanctification. We are saved from the penalty of sin justification. We are saved from the power of sin sanctification. And then in the future. We are saved.
[00:18:03] From the very presence of sin.
[00:18:08] The three things that influences today toward sin is the world. The flash. And Satan according to Ephesians 2 1. What you see when the flesh in the future. When the flesh is removed the very presence of sin is removed. We will finally be able to fully experience the fullness of life.
[00:18:33] In bringing glory to God and you see that is called glorification justification sanctification. And then when we die. And we receive our new bodies. Glorification Now this salvation is given only to those. Who believe that their sin has separated them.
[00:19:03] From a holy God. And if they believe that Jesus Christ. Being the son of God being God in the flesh 100 percent God and 100 percent man. That he went to the cross. And bore the penalty the punishment in our place and died on the cross. Paying the penalty for our sin and then he was buried. And three days later he is raised. From the Dead. During a. Trip.
[00:19:39] To Portland Oregon.
[00:19:42] The noted atheists Christopher Hitchens without knowing it really actually laid down some pretty good theology. Most people recognize Hitchens as the author of. The best selling book God Is Not Great why religion poisons everything and since the books publication in 2007 Hitchens has been going around touring the country debating a series of religious leaders including some well known evangelical thinkers and in Portland.
[00:20:21] He was interviewed by a Unitarian minister. Her name was Marilyn C. well. And the following exchange took place near the start of the interview. See well says. The religion you cite in your book book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds.
[00:20:45] She says I’m a liberal Christian and I don’t take the stories from the scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement that Jesus died for our sins. Do you make any distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion.
[00:21:05] And Hitchens said this. I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth. Was the Christ was the Messiah.
[00:21:18] And that he rose again from the dead and that by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven.
[00:21:25] Now listen to what he says he says Your really not in any meaningful sense. A Christian. If you do not believe there.
[00:21:36] Now see well wanting to have no part of this discussion now so she went on about well let’s just go someplace else here with the interview and she continued. But this little snippet.
[00:21:46] Demonstrates an important point about religious god talk. You can call yourself anything if you don’t believe. That Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Who died on the cross. For our sins. And then rose from the dead.
[00:22:10] You’re not as Christopher Hitchens even says in any meaningful sense. A Christian. There are many people today that go around calling themselves Christian matter of fact some of the reason people won’t even have anything to do with Jesus is because those who claim to be Christians how they act. What Jesus tells us even as we have been speaking recently. That those who are true followers. Of his bear the fruit. The fruit of the Spirit.
[00:22:55] Scripture tells us you will know them by their fruits. Those who are truly followers of Christ’s. Love God with all their heart mind soul and strength and they love others.
[00:23:09] As themselves.
[00:23:13] So what does a resurrection prove.
[00:23:19] Four things. At least four things I want to share. What the resurrection proves. Number one.
[00:23:28] That the Bible is the word of God. Over and over again Jesus said that he would die.
[00:23:38] And rise again. And he did.
[00:23:42] And the resurrection affirms that the record of Scripture is true. Also the prophets meeting in the Old Testament the foreshadowing of Christ predicted and told of the Messiah who would come. And deliver his people.
[00:24:06] From sin. Secondly. The resurrection proves.
[00:24:14] That Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
[00:24:19] He claimed to be the Son of God and it has a power over death. His reaction proves that he was the Son of God. Now he went around feeling the lane giving sight to the blind even raising the dead while he was here in his earthly ministry. If you remember the people muses.
[00:24:43] Because when he is hanging on the cross remember some of the ones who were walking by would yell up at.
[00:24:51] You say that then that you did save other people but you can’t even save yourself. He died. He was buried.
[00:25:07] And he rose from the grave. Proving he was who he said he was. The Son of God. Thirdly. The resurrection proves.
[00:25:22] That salvation is complete. Now.
[00:25:26] Christ conquered sin death and hell on the cross on the cross and he rose victorious to prove that he did the resurrection provided proof that God accepted his sacrifice once and for all the sacrifice of his son and would be able to be just and yet justify the ungodly so there’s nothing when when we when Adam and Eve sin and as a result we all are born with a sin nature and have had no ability not to sin. We all sin.
[00:26:06] We are in a dilemma. There is nothing that we could do nothing. To grant us any merit. Any credit to go any place. But judgment.
[00:26:25] Mhel. But. Before the very foundation of the world.
[00:26:33] God had a plan. And that plan. Was that his son. Would come to earth.
[00:26:43] Live a sinless life. And then in our place.
[00:26:49] Take God’s wrath on himself as our substitute. Just like the lamb. That they would sacrifice the old testament. Remember John the Baptist. When he saw Jesus approaching he said. Behold. The Lamb of God.
[00:27:09] That takes away the sin of the world.
[00:27:14] That salvation is complete.
[00:27:18] The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single greatest event in the history of the world. It guarantees the resurrection of every believer every child of God no matter what happens to our body. And anyone who denies.
[00:27:36] The literal bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is not a Christian. Anyone who denies that Christ raised from the dead is not a believer.
[00:27:49] Because he misses the whole point of Christianity. And then the resurrection proves. Last. That judge read is coming.
[00:28:02] Judgment is coming.
[00:28:04] In John 5:27 Jesus says the father had given him the authority to accede to judgment. He has the power to raise the dead and he has the power and he has the authority to judge them. Some will experience eternal life. Some will experience eternal judgment the judge is alive. And one day his court. Will be in session. To determine the eternal destiny of every man. And every woman Scripture tells us. Hebrews 9:27 and he is appointed. To men.
[00:29:00] Once to die. But after this the judgment. Unless we are raptured as believers everybody in here. Everybody.
[00:29:16] Is going to die someday. Some. Very young. Some unexpectedly. But there will come a day.
[00:29:32] That you will die.
[00:29:35] And then comes judgment where do you stand with God.
[00:29:43] You know we gamble. Well you know. It just kind of want to live life.
[00:29:50] To the fullest. And then. I will take. Religion. Seriously someday make maybe I to clean up my life. Scripture tells us there is a man who who had a lot he tore down his barns and built bigger.
[00:30:12] Barns papoose stuff in and he said to himself I’ll just sit back and eat drink and be merry. And God says you fool.
[00:30:24] For tonight. Tonight. You’re going to die. And then one. Person pointed. Once for man to die. And then comes judgment.
[00:30:42] You know we don’t take it very seriously. You know we’re we’re live now now. Talking to people who. Have physical ailments cancer. Other diseases. As they struggle through these some of them start thinking.
[00:31:05] Of eternity.
[00:31:07] And what’s on the other side. And is there anything on the other side.
[00:31:15] In Scripture tells us all about that. Matter of fact Jesus says. The very reason this is this is from Jesus the reason he came to earth was to seek. And to save that which was was. And because of our sin.
[00:31:35] We are all lost. All have turned aside together we’ve all become useless. Romans 3 said there is none who does good. There there’s not even one.
[00:31:46] For all of sending fall short of the glory of God. And we aren’t. We know that we have seen.
[00:31:54] We’ve lived. We’ve stolen we’ve disobeyed our parents. And God says for whoever keeps the whole law yet stumbles and just very one. One point. Has become guilty of all. And God tells us that the wages the paycheck. Of that sin is death.
[00:32:19] Judgment. But God. Through his love because of his love.
[00:32:30] Provided a sacrifice once and for all. His sign.
[00:32:36] To take the penalty that you and I deserve on himself so that you and I might have eternal life.
[00:32:43] Seems that is the good news. But but until you understand the bad news you know it’s like I share the other day until you understand your condition it’s like going into a doctor and he might tell you that you need this surgery. You do need this or that. And you’re like.
[00:33:08] Yeah I don’t think so. That sounds like that might hurt.
[00:33:13] But then when they get to the case and they say well if you don’t you’re going to die in about 10 days. Wow. That puts a whole new perspective on what you need to do. Until you understand the reality of your condition. The good news doesn’t make sense. Well Scripture tells us plainly.
[00:33:40] That the reality of our condition is that we are sinners and that the wages of sin is death eternal separation from God eternal torment. Jesus tells us in hell but that’s why.
[00:33:59] He came. See it’s just not your condition. The bad news.
[00:34:05] He goes on the gospel. You know what the Gospel mean it. It’s good news. The good news. And
[00:34:15] the good news is that Jesus came to pay the penalty for what we deserved. He provided the way for you and I to be forgiven. Second Peter 3:9 says. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some would count slowness but is patient. Toward
[00:34:39] you not wishing that any should perish but that all should reach repentance. God
[00:34:49] doesn’t want anyone dying in their sin and he’s patient. He sent His Son to take our punishment Romans 5:8 said. God shows God demonstrates His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
[00:35:09] It’s not that he just says oh I love you.
[00:35:15] He demonstrated it. He demonstrated his love at the cross of Calvary that he would pour his wrath. On his son.
[00:35:26] Instead of on us if we would believe in what his son did.
[00:35:31] It’s not you don’t have to walk a mile. You don’t have to give the church of. You really have to belong to a church.
[00:35:39] But what you do have to understand is your condition and you have to understand that Jesus was God and that he died on the cross to take the punishment you deserve and you have to believe he has to accept you have to appropriate that in faith. That Jesus took your punishment.
[00:36:03] And believe on Him. Second Corinthians 5:21 says God for our sake. He made him speaking of Jesus to be seen.
[00:36:18] Who knew no sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Scripture tells us say he was bruised for our iniquities. He paid our fine. Jesus then. Rose from the dead and he defeated Death proving that everything that he said proving that everything he said who he was and why he came.
[00:36:48] Was the truth.
[00:36:51] Your owns so called goodness can’t get you into heaven any more than mine could.
[00:36:58] But that’s not what god required. Matter of fact some people think well actually I just I just need to clean this up in my life.
[00:37:06] Or you know or this or that. I don’t feel like going to church much less died the next. You’re right. God doesn’t accept you for who you are.
[00:37:17] He accept you regardless of who you are and what you’ve done while we were yet sinners while we were shaking our fist in God’s face. He showed his love. At the cross of Calvary. Scripture tells us that. Unless a man or woman. Is Born Again they cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
[00:37:52] And there is no exception. Jesus says I am the way. The truth. And the life. No one comes to the Father but through me. See there is no other name. That we can be saved. By. All the other people who say well and there are some who say oh there’s a thousand ways to get to heaven. And Jesus says now. There’s one way. One way through me through what I did at the cross. You know baseball season is upon us and.
[00:38:42] I’m sure you’re watching baseball on TV. You’re going to see someone in the background with a sign. And sign says three Colin 16.
[00:38:56] Talionis. You can find this in John 3:16 and let me read that in a few verses that word says.
[00:39:05] For God so loved the world. That he gave his only begotten Son that. Whosoever. Believeth. In him. Should not perish. To have eternal life. For God. Did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world. But. In order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in him. Is not condemned. Whoever does not believe. Is condemned already. Because. He is not believed in the name.
[00:39:52] Of the only begotten Son of God.
[00:39:56] John 1:12 says that all who did receive him who believed in his name he gave the right he gave the power he gave the authority.
[00:40:07] To become children of God. Let me conclude with this last verse says.
[00:40:16] In John 5:24. Truly. Truly I say to you. Whoever hears my word and believes on Him who sent me. As eternal life. He does not come into judgment but has passed.
[00:40:33] From death. Until life. So many people think that. You can do something. That gives you credit it gives you merit.
[00:40:47] To go to heaven. And God says no no. You have to do is believe. Faith.
[00:40:57] Saves us. And you know all that we’ve been talking about here. This morning.
[00:41:06] Can be summed up very nicely and in a music video called Christ is risen. We’ll see. On assin. Make sure we fix. Our eyes or cross over to show failing says.
[00:42:19] All right. Come on open my eyes. From now on this is a home in.
[00:42:53] No way. You know I’m so sorry. Scott Brown and Ray. Rice so. I. Or. I hope that. If you don’t know. This morning where. You will spend eternity whenever that day comes that.
[00:46:19] When Kim comes up and we sing our last song I’ll be up here in front I have a gospel track I can take you through or we have some tracks out on our bookcases there or if you are a child of God and you feel that you know you need to be sharing because you do. God tells us that as his children it is our responsibility to tell this lost world.
[00:46:46] Who Jesus was and why he came.
[00:46:48] Take a track with you. Give it to your waitress. If you go out for lunch today give it to your waiter or waitress. So that they might understand.
[00:46:59] Why we celebrate Easter and why Jesus came so let’s stay in. As I pray. And I’ll be up here. And it is good to have you all here so pray. Lord God if if there is anybody here who. Has never trusted in your son as their savior. Lord just don’t let them leave here until they deal with them. That they understand why Jesus came and that is nothing we do but it’s the faith that we place in your son so Lord.
[00:47:36] We thank you. We love you. For loving us so much that you you sent your son to die in our place. Now on the third day. He raised from the dead proving who he was and why he came when he prayed in Jesus name him him.