"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead ...
even so in Christ shall all be made alive."

1 Corinthians 15:19, 20, 22

© 1976, 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew

I.    The doctrine of the resurrection is one of the most fundamental teachings of the Christian faith.

              1 Corinthians 15:14, 17   "And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is
                   also vain.... And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins."

               Hebrews 6:1, 2

       A.    Our salvation and justification before God is based upon our belief in the resurrection
               of Jesus Christ.

                        Romans 4:24, 25   "But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that
                                raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and was raised
                                again for our justification."

                        Romans 10:9   "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
                                 in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

                        1 Corinthians 15:1-4

        B.     It is the basis of our hope.

                        Matthew 16:21; John 5:25, 28, 29; Acts 17:31; 23:6; 24:15; 26:6-8
                        Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 15:19, 20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14, etc.;
                        1 Peter 1:3

        C.   The message of the early church focused primarily on faith in the resurrection.

                         Acts 1:21, 22; 2:24, 29-32, 3:15, 26; 4:2, 33; 5:30, 31; 10:39-41; 17:2, 3, 18;

                         23:6; 26:6-8; 13:30-37; Romans 8:34; 1:4; 7:4; 1 Corinthians 15:14, 15

                         Ephesians 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:8; 1 Peter 1:21

        D.   While some perverted the doctrine of the resurrection (2 Timothy 2:18), still others
                rejected the fact altogether (Matthew 22:23; Acts 23:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15:22).

II.    The resurrection of Jesus Christ occurred in fulfillment of prophecy.

        A   It was foretold in the Old Testament.

                     Psalms 16:10 (Acts 2:27; 13:35-37); Psalms 22:21 (John 20:17)
                     Isaiah 53:10; Jonah 1:17; 2:10 with Matthew 12:40

         B.    It was predicted by Jesus Himself.

                     Matthew 16:21 (Mark 8:31)   "From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his
                            disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things ... and be killed,
                            and be raised again the third day."

                     Matthew 12:38-40; 17:9, 22, 23; 20:18, 19; 26:32; 27:63

                     Mark 9:10, 31; 10:32-34,14:28, 58; Luke 9:22; John 2:19, 21, 22

                     John 10:17, 18   "... I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from
                            me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take
                            it again..."

III.     Scripture supplies definite proof that He was bodily resurrected (not just spiritually

                    John 2:19, 21   " .... He spake of the temple of His body."

           A    The tomb was empty.

                           Matthew 28:6 (Luke 24:1-3, 12; John 20:1-9, Mark 16:2-6)

           B.    He appeared visibly to many people.

                            Acts 1:3   "... He showed Himself alive after His passion by infallible proofs..."

                            Acts 13:30, 31

                    1.    First to Mary Magdalene.  John 20:14, 16, 18 (Mark 16:9)
                    2.    Then to the other women.   Matthew 28:9
                    3.    To Peter.   Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5
                    4.    To Cleopas and the other disciple on the way to Emmaus.   Luke 24:15
                    5.    In the closed room, to ten disciples.   Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19, 20
                    6.    To the eleven.   John 20:26, 29
                    7.    In the mountains, to the eleven.  Matthew 28:10, 17
                    8.    At the sea, to Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee, and two
                           other disciples.   John 21:1, 14, etc.
                    9.    To five hundred brethren at once.   1 Corinthians 15:6
                   10.   To James, and to all the apostles.   Acts 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:7
                   11.   To Paul.   Acts 9:3-6; 22:17-21; 23:11; 1 Corinthians 15:8

           C.    He talked with them.

                        Matthew 28:10, 18; Luke 24:15-17, 25-27, 36-49
                        John 20:15-18, 22, 23, 26-29; 21:5-6, 10-22; Acts 1:3

           D.    He ate with them.

                        Luke 24:30, 35, 41-43; John 21:12, 15; Acts 1:34; 10:39-41

           E.    They touched Him.

                  1.   The women.   Matthew 28:9
                  2.   The disciples.   Luke 24:39
                  3.   Thomas.   John 20:27

IV.    What makes the resurrection of Jesus Christ remarkable over and above the miracle
         of others being raised from the dead, in both the Old and New Testaments, is the
         fact that He raised himself!

                  John 2:19-21

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