Why Resurrection?

Posted on 01 Apr 2018, Pastor: Tolu Makinde
Title: Why Resurrection?
Text: 1 Cor. 15:12-22
[1Co 15:12]  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
[1Co 15:13]  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
[1Co 15:14]  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
[1Co 15:15]  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
[1Co 15:16]  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
[1Co 15:17]  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
[1Co 15:18]  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
[1Co 15:19]  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
[1Co 15:20]  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
[1Co 15:21]  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
[1Co 15:22]  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
  • What happened?
    • Jesus came back to life from the dead – Matt. 28:1-6
    • [Mat 28:1]  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
    • [Mat 28:2]  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
    • [Mat 28:3]  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
    • [Mat 28:4]  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
    • [Mat 28:5]  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
    • [Mat 28:6]  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
  • He that was dead is now alive again.
  • Resurrect means the restoration of a dead person to life
Main Topic
Why Resurrection?
  • If Christ did not rise from the dead: (1 Cor. 15:12-22)
    • Our preaching is in vain
    • Our faith is in vain
    • We become false witnesses of God – Matt. 28:18-20
      • [Mat 28:18]  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
      • [Mat 28:19]  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
      • [Mat 28:20]  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
    • Christ is not risen
    • We are still in our sins
    • Those asleep in Christ are perished
    • There is no mansion He is preparing
    • God is powerless – Eph. 1:19
      • [Eph 1:19]  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
    • We will not make heaven
  • The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pillar that holds Christianity together.  It proves that our God is alive and not dead.
  • Christ did die on the cross and has resurrected, and he was seen by over 500 people – 1 Cor. 15:3-6
    • [1Co 15:3]  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    • [1Co 15:4]  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
    • [1Co 15:5]  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
    • [1Co 15:6]  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
  • Since Christ did die and resurrected, through resurrection:
    • Our preaching is not in vain, so keep preaching
    • Our faith is not in vain, so keep having faith in God
    • We are true witnesses of God, so continue to witness
    • Our sins have been washed away, praise God
    • Those asleep in Christ will rise with Christ
    • Jesus is preparing a place for us
    • We shall make heaven
    • Our God is a powerful God – Eph. 1:19
    • We have power over death
  • We have every reason to rejoice because our Redeemer lives
  • The death on the cross looked like defeat
  • The resurrection revealed our victory
  • Congratulations and Happy Resurrection Sunday