The Miracle Message
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning and be finding your place at 1st Corinthians chapter 15 if you would. I don't know about you, but I love Easter. It's my absolute favorite holy-day of the year. You can have your evergreen trees; just give me the empty tomb. You see, without the empty tomb, the cross is unimportant and the cradle is insignificant. The cradle might be the start of the Christian faith and the cross might be the sign of the Christian faith, but it's the empty tomb that's the source of Christian faith.
ILLUS: Dr. Henry Morris, "The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion."
ILLUS: I don't know if all of you have watched the movie, The Passion of the Christ, but you really ought to. It's a great movie and it presents the last days of Jesus' physical life here on earth with a reality and a clarity that you really won't see anywhere else. But having said that, there is something that bothered me about the movie. You say, "I know what it was pastor, it was the violence wasn't it?" No, it wasn't the violence because what happened to my lord there in Jerusalem was violent. You say, "I know, you didn't like Catholicism or the commercialism in the movie." No, none of that really bothered me, because scripture is scripture. What kind of bothered me though was the ending. Those of you saw it will remember how it ended. It ended with Jesus getting up and walking out of the tomb. Well, in a very real sense, that wasn't the ending, it was the beginning. The reason why you and I are here this morning is because on that third day, that first Easter morning, Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave, by getting up and walking out of that Palestinian tomb. That's why we can sing the songs that we've sung this morning. Celebrate Jesus. ...
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