The Resurrection From the Dead

Heard a sermon recently about the resurrection of Jesus from the dead?

Other than occasionally on Easter Sunday – have you heard a sermon on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead? I mean, preachers can even turn their message around to ‘self-help’ even on Easter Sunday and totally miss preaching on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Yes I know Paul said that He knew nothing but (and preached nothing but) “Christ and Him crucified”. But, read the book of Acts and see what the early Church spoke about when preaching to the lost. The talked about “Him whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead“. It seems the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and the empty tomb was a major focus and theme of the preaching in the early church.

What has happened to this message?

Is not the resurrection central to the Christian faith? Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15 that if there is no resurrection – if Christ was not raised – than we have believed in vain. Seems central to me! Seems to be a foundational truth of the faith!

Paul preached and said: (Acts 17:30-31) “In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” So, apparently repentance and judgment are both connected to the resurrection. The resurrection is proof that judgment is a given fact and that Jesus is the One who will do the judging when that day comes.

Think about it – is not the resurrection of Jesus from the dead to live forever the key building block of our faith. Without the resurrection – you could not have a relationship with Jesus – you would be talking to a dead person which is strickly forbidden by Scripture in spite of the “Cloud of Witnesses” teaching current in the Church today. A heresy, by the way.

Think about it – is not the resurrection of Jesus (our Founder) from the dead to live forever the major event that separates us from other religions and separates Jesus from others who have started various other religions around the world?

Think about it – did Paul not pray that he might experience the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10)

Think about it – is not the resurrection the one event that gives us hope that our loved ones will also be raised from the dead and be with Jesus in Heaven IF they were believers?

Think about it – is not the resurrection of Jesus from the dead the reason we believe that He will one day return to judge the living the the dead? You do believe that, don’t you? Many Christians apparently no longer believe this truth.

Think about it – if He was right about being raised from the dead – then we can believe that He was right about everything else that He taught and said!

It is time that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead became a central focus of the teaching and the witness of the Christian Church once again. From the pulpits of our nations, on the street corners and in the coffee shops – we need to be sharing Jesus – His death AND RESURRECTION and His coming again to judge the living and the dead. That’s our message as believers -as born again Christians – and we need to “not be ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation.”

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  1. Bev Wensel
    Bev Wensel says:

    I’M THINKING ABOUT IT………… & SAD TO SAY, IT HAS BEEN QUITE AWHILE…NOT GOOD!
    ….. JUST THINKING TO THE MANY SALVATION LINES/STYLES I’VE HEARD IE.ON TV & READ IN BKS-TESTIMONIES ETC……… & THE LAST PART ABOUT HIS RESURRECTION IS VERY OFTEN LEFT OFF!
    WOW
    EVEN IN MY OWN THINKING, I ALWAYS THINK OF HIM AS ALIVE YES, BUT NOT ALWAYS BECAUSE OF THE RESURRECTION…..REALLY NOT GOOD!
    JUST THIS PAST SUNDAY SERVICE, GOD REMINDED US OF THE WORD “SUPERNATURAL” & THAT HE IS A SUPERNATURAL GOD + THIS IS/SHOULD SEEM “NORMAL” FOR US {OUR WALK OF FAITH, MIRACLES, HEALINGS DELIVERANCES, WORDS OF WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE ETC}
    [SELAH]
    THERE MUST BE A REASON WHY THE ENEMY HAS SO ATTACKED THIS AREA & “POWER” WOULD BE MY 1ST THOUGHT…LIKE YOU MENTIONED, [IE. 1COR.15]
    WITHOUT JESUS RESURRECTION WE HAVE JUST ANOTHER MAN-MADE RELIGION, WITH NO HOPE & MOST
    MISERABLE INDEED!…………………..bw

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  2. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    Bev,

    You have touched the very heart of God for this season. He is calling His people to begin again to walk in the basics – including the “power of His resurrection”. It is time for believers to expect and anticipate the supernatural in their lives as they walk with the resurrected Jesus Christ. HE’S ALIVE! Paul prayed that “we might know the power of His resurrection”. It is time that we did!

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  3. Sharon Kuhn
    Sharon Kuhn says:

    My comment may not be related to the topic of resurrection but it is a testimony to how far our pulpits and we preachers have gotten away from the full gospel of Jesus Christ. Scripture talks alot about tongues, laying on of hands, and prophecying. Yet I spoke with a lady in Prince albert the other night and asked her about what they were going to do when their pastor left? She said she didn’t know yet and then she disclosed to me that (the pastor) had confided in her and her husband some 11 years ago that he believed in the gifts of the spirit but would never preach or teach about them from the pulpit because they would surely fire him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dah, who are we here to please, God or man? If the church you’re in doesn’t agree with the full gospel message then my advise is get out while the gettin’s good. We signed up or at least I did and some of the friends I have to preach the whole truth and nothin’ but the truth so let’s all wake up and get back on the right road even if it is narrow. The Resurrection is part of the Full Gospel isn’t it? Is this maybe what the Bible speaks about…are we ashamed of the message? if we are then it stands to reason that the rest of the scripture fall into place…when the time of judgment comes HE will also be ashamed of us! Yes.
    Depart from me, I never knew you!

    Sharon

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  4. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    Hi Sharon,

    It is interesting that this friend’s pastor was Spirit-filled and yet did not preach or teach on it due to possible reactions and consequences. Wow! What ever happened to integrity? How about believing and trusting God?

    In the U.S.A. there has been a substantial controvesy in the Southern Baptist denomination over speaking in tongues. Not whether you teach on it or believe in it. That would be completely off limits. The issue is whether you practice it in your personal relationship with the Lord. It started in the missions end of things because some of those applying to be missionaries with this group were Spirit-filled and spoke in iongues. So, the policy now is – if you speak in tongues and want to work as a missionary in their denomination it is a no go. Tongues is not acceptable.

    They got a bit more of a backlash then they wanted to from my understanding. Many of the current missionaries speak in tongues (and practice other gifts of the Spirit on the mission field) and so this places them in an awkward situation with their supporting group and those in authority. And, a number of the executives of the denomination also speak in tongues – and, if memory serves me correctly, one of them resigned and walked out as he knew “his type” were no longer welcome in the denomination. At least he had integrity. The pastor you mentioned does not. I wonder how he sleeps at night.

    Here is what I determined many moons ago. The Bible is either all true or it is not at all true. And, I don’t need to interpret it – it interprets itself when given the opportunity.

    Long winded here. I am doing some studying out of the John MacArthur Study Bible. Here is a man with a tremendous church and a Bible School and Seminary who has taught and influenced hundreds of young leaders. As you read his footnotes he has so many terrific insights and substantial information and understanding of the scriptures … until you come to the supernatural element and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and gifts. How can he be so right on most things and so absolutely wrong on such a substantial issue?

    I am currently moving into the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit on my weekly radio program. It will be interesting to see if it raises any controversy. You can listen at http://www.1005therock.ca Sundays at 6:30 p.m. If you live in the Yorkton area it is on 100.5 on the fm dial. If you have Sasktel Max Cabel it is Channel 839 or simply go onto the main page of this site and click on “Radio” where we have archived the first few shows that have already aired.

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