The Grave Situation with Jesus
INTRO: The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in human history. The Bible is quite clear that without it there is no salvation for mankind.
(1 Cor 15:17-19) "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men."
Two things become obvious, if Christ has not risen from the dead then what we are doing here today is a waste of time, and if He has risen from the dead than what we do here today has enormous implications for our life now and in the future.
Though many have tried to ignore the supernatural elements of Jesus' life and ministry, they cannot be ignored, to do so leaves us with just another human who died!
ILLUS: Thomas Jefferson, a great man, nevertheless could not accept the miraculous elements in Scripture. He edited his own special version of the Bible in which all references to the supernatural were deleted. Jefferson, in editing the Gospels, confined himself solely to the moral teachings of Jesus. The closing words of Jefferson's Bible are these: "There laid they Jesus and rolled a great stone at the mouth of the sepulcher and departed." Thank God that is not the way the story really ends! -- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 164.
Easter brings us to confront the reality of God, and the reality of our own lives as sinners, and the choices we make about Christ have everlasting consequences!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that we must receive Christ into our lives as the risen Lord if we are to have fellowship with God.
I. A 'GRAVE' MIRACLE 28:1-10
A. Death Conquered! 28:1-7
1. The two Marys here come to finish embalming the body of Jesus, they did not come expecting a miracle!
a. These we ...
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