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The Passion of the Christ
I'm going to speak to you this morning on the glorified wounds of Jesus. The purpose of Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of Christ, is to show just how much Jesus suffered on the Cross when He paid the price for our sins. So graphic and vivid has been his portrayal of the suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, it has literally stunned and shocked the world. But when you come to the conclusion of Gibson's movie, it does not conclude with the burial, but it concludes with a scene from the resurrection. The Lord Jesus Christ resurrected, raised from the dead, came out of the tomb. The story is not really told until you tell the story of the resurrection.
The good news of the gospel is that Christ died, that He was buried, and that three days later He rose again. In I Corinthians, chapter 15, the apostle Paul said, "That if Christ be not raised then our preaching is in vain, your faith is in vain, and we are still in our sins." It is the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ which makes it all come together and make sense. You are familiar with your Bible and you know that after Jesus Christ rose again from the dead, the Bible tells us that there were a series of resurrection appearances. He appeared to His disciples in several different circumstances. As you read these resurrection appearances of the Lord you will notice that at least two times in those appearances reference is made to the wounds of the Lord Jesus Christ still on His body. References made to the wounds of the nails in His hands and to the wounds in His feet and to the deep gash that was made in His side by the spear. The question I want to raise to you is why did the body of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ still have those wounds on it? We know that it would not have been any problem at all for the Lord Jesus Christ to have eliminated and wiped out those wounds so ...
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