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.”