Is It In You?
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
1 Corinthians 15
April 12, 2009
1. Resurrection's Irrefutable Proof!
A) Public Appearance
B) Personal Appearance
2. Resurrection's Irreversible Purpose!
A) A Useless Faith
B) A Meaningless Forgiveness
C) A Hopeless Future
3. Resurrection's Irreplaceable Power!
A) Raise Us Victoriously
B) Redeem Us Eternally
C) Rule Us Completely
A Sunday school teacher was teaching a group of four-year-olds. It was Easter Sunday and she asked, "Does anyone know what today is?" One little girl raised her hand and said, "It's Easter." The teacher complimented her and then asked, "Does anyone know what makes Easter so special?" The same little girl raised her hand and said, "Easter is special because Jesus rose from the dead..." Before the teacher could compliment her, the little girl added, "but if He sees His shadow, He has to go back in for seven weeks."
I am afraid the way most people will treat Easter; they really have not heard the news. Now Easter is both about bad news, but it is also about good news. In fact, it's the bad news that makes the good news great news.
You see there is more to the news of the resurrection of
Jesus Christ than just the fact that Jesus was raised from the dead. Because that news in and of itself is good news, but its good news because of the bad news, the better news, and the best news.
But, the Bible clearly teaches that when a person is born again, they are born again by the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. The Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Resurrection, comes to take up His abode in our lives.
Today, I want us to look at the greatest event of human history, the resurrection, from a theological, as well as an experiential standpoint. While we might all agree that Jesus did rise from the dead, we might not all be aware of what that means for us, not just in the 'sweet by-and-by,' but in the 'right-here-and-now.'
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