Christ’s Resurrection Guarantees Ours
17 April 2022 AM – 1Corinthians 15:20-23 – Resurrection – Scott Childs
Introduction: From a human perspective, resurrection from the dead is impossible and incredible. After Christ’s resurrection, His close disciples did not believe when the women told them what the angels said. Thomas refused to believe without proof. (John 20:24-28) “But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.“. After Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill in Athens (Acts 17:32-34), we are told, “And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.“
The resurrection IS humanly incomprehensible and biologically impossible, but God in heaven, who is Creator of all and sustainer of all, is sovereign over even the laws of nature. The resurrection of a body that has been dead six minutes, six years or six millennium is within His power. Whether a body has turned to dust, been burned to ashes or been eaten by a creature, God is able to collect every atom on resurrection day. Believers, hundreds of years before Christ, believed that God would resurrect them. (Ps 49:15) “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.” (Isa 26:19) “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” (Dan 12:2) “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.“
Transition: This morning we are going to look at proof that Christ resurrected and the guarantee that this gives us of our resurrection.
Christ IS risen from the dead