by Jerry Vines

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He Was Seen (4 of 4)
Series: The Easter Good News
Jerry Vines
I Corinthians 15:1-8

These verses give us the essentials of the Gospel, the good news, which brings the God of heaven all the way down from heaven into our hearts. These are the verses which explain to us just exactly what the good news, the Gospel, is all about.

There are four essential ingredients to the Gospel. Christ died for our sins. He was buried. He arose again the third day. He was seen.

I can well imagine after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ that the disciples were gathering and on occasion they would discuss how they saw for the first time the risen Lord Jesus. I'm sure Mary Magdalene would have said, ''I saw Him at the tomb. I didn't recognize Him at first, but I saw Him there and He became real to me.''

One said, ''I saw Him on the road to Emmaus. I was walking along that road with one of our friends and the Living Lord Jesus came and I saw Him and I knew Him.''

I can imagine that others told the time when they saw the Living Lord Jesus, became convinced in their hearts that He was really alive and Jesus, the Living Savior, became personal in their lives.

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is good news but it becomes good news to you personally only when you can say, ''I know Jesus myself.'' It's not enough to know about Jesus. It's not enough to just hear the message of Jesus. It's not enough to just read about Jesus in the Bible. Jesus has to become personal to you. Jesus has to come into your heart and into your life so you can say He is real to me.

Look back at Acts 1 in the third verse. There is a statement which explains to some extent the purpose of the appearances of Jesus after he rose again from the dead.

''To whom (the apostles) also He (Jesus) showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs. Being seen of them forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.''

Between the time that Jesus rose agai ...

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