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Resurrection and the Demonstration of Victory (16 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
1 Corinthians 15
Why did Jesus rise from the dead? What is the significance of His resurrection - what does it mean for you?
The apostle Paul wrote, ''If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless'' (1 Corinthians 15:17). That's a big deal! We need to understand the fullness of what Jesus did for us and the power of His resurrection. He paid a huge price so we could live in revival.
Main Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15
EQUIP: Understanding the power of the resurrection.
Teaching Point 1: Jesus' resurrection is evidence of His ministry and works.
We don't believe that Jesus was resurrected because we have a ''feeling'' about it or accept it blindly. We believe because it is a historical fact.
Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea, placed Jesus' body in his own tomb.
''He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left'' (MATTHEW 27:60).
The tomb was sealed and guarded to prevent anyone from taking the body.
''Pilate replied, 'Take guards and secure it the best you can.' So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it'' (MATTHEW 27:65-66).
The tomb was found empty.
''His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint'' (MATTHEW 28:3-4).
''He isn't here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying'' (MATTHEW 28:6).
Jesus' resurrection was validated by over 500 witnesses (1 CORINTHIANS 15:5-8).
''He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died'' (1 CORINTHIANS 15:4-6) ...
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