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He Rose Again (3 of 4)
Series: The Easter Good News
I Corinthians 15:1-4
I really want you to hear today what the good news is all about. It would be a great tragedy for you to come to this service and for me not to very simply and in a down-to-earth way explain why the Gospel is the good news. That word, gospel, in the first verse means good news. Put that in the margin of your Bible. The Gospel is the good news. In these verses of Scripture the Word of God tells us exactly what the good news is all about.
In verse 3 he says that ''Christ died for our sins.'' When I was a boy I used to wonder why they referred to the Friday before Easter Sunday, the day the Lord was supposedly crucified, as Good Friday. What would be the good news about somebody dying? You and I know that the death of the Lord Jesus is good news because this verse tells us ''Christ died for our sins.'' It's good news to know that we have a Savior who died on the cross in order to pay the penalty for our sins. So, the Gospel is the good news that Christ died for our sins.
Notice in verse 4 he says, ''and that He was buried.'' It is also good news that Jesus Christ was buried and that for three days and nights His body was in the tomb. The burial of Jesus is the good news that Christ has not only paid the price for our sins, but just as He was buried in a tomb our sins have been put away, they have been buried. That's why when I was a teenager we used to sing the little chorus,
''Gone, gone, gone, yes my sins are gone. Now, my sins are gone and in my heart's a song. Buried in the deepest sea, yes, that's good enough for me. I shall reign with Him eternally. Praise God, my sins are gone.''
So, it's good news that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. It is good news that Jesus Christ's body was buried in the tomb. Look at the 4th verse again and see what kind of punctuation mark you have after the statement, ''He was buried.'' Verse 4 says, ''and that He was buried,...' ...
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