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Series: Because He Lives
Today we want to talk about what it means that Jesus rose again from the dead. This series is entitled ''Because He Lives.'' This week Newsweek had on its cover the story, the headline about the resurrection, ''A New Look at the Resurrection.'' As I read the article, there wasn't anything new in the article. The same old skeptics were there that had been around for two thousand years trying to discourage believers about the resurrection. But there were some very positive statements about the fact that the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. And without the resurrection we don't have a God to worship, without the resurrection Jesus is no better than Buddha or Muhammad or any other religious leader. And the article pointed out the difference about Christianity is that it is the only world religion whose founder claims to have rised physically, bodily from the dead. And that is exactly right. And that is what makes Christianity different. And it was also right in the fact that it pointed out that this was the imputess and motivation of the early believers. They really believed and were convinced that Jesus was alive. And that is the thing that made them so bold and so courageous in the face of torture, in the face of crucifixion, and in the face of losing everything they had. They continued to stand up and proclaim the good news because they really were convinced that Jesus was alive.
And today, I want to talk about what it means that He is alive. What it means to you, the motivation it gives you and me, the strength it gives you and me. Now in I Corinthians 15 you will find the passage for the message today. There in I Corinthians the apostle Paul is speaking and he said if Christ has not been raised from the dead then we have nothing to preach and you have nothing to believe. And if Christ has not been raised then your faith is a delusion an ...
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