"13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain." (1 Corinth. 15:13-14, ESV)
The Greatest Event in Human History!
"1 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him." (Matthew 28:1-10, ESV)
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10, ESV)
"6 He is not here, for He has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where He lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead...."
The resurrection testifies to the immeasurable power of God Himself!
The resurrection is the supreme validation of the deity of Christ!
"And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power." (1 Corinthians 6:14, ESV)
The resurrection is the triumphant and glorious victory for every believer!!
8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples."
JESUS IS WORTHY OF OUR WORSHIP!
"9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him."
Jesus once said - " 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23, ESV)
" 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. 12 But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:9-12, ESV)
Week 3 - The Greatest Event in Human History!
Let’s start of today’s study by looking at a common misconception that people have when thinking about the resurrection. It deals with what is seemingly a small difference, most would probably not even think to question it. It is, however, anything but a small difference.
As a group, discuss the difference between the following statements;
Scripture shows us that the resurrection is a necessary part of our salvation. Often, the resurrection is mistakenly thought of as a “tag-on” to the crucifixion, but this is incorrect! There is more to our redemption and salvation than the crucifixion. The resurrection is clearly taught and emphasized throughout scripture as being an essential variable in the equation that is our salvation. To diminish it in any way by believing or teaching it as less than essential to the Christian faith is a huge mistake! The crucifixion of Christ, without the resurrection, is neutered of its power to save! Often, I can understand something better by asking the question, "what would be different if this never happened?" So, today’s study will examine the question, “What is at stake, if the resurrection, the greatest event in human history, isn’t true?”
Turn to 1 Cor. 15 as a group.
1.Read v14-18. What do these verses tell us is at stake if the resurrection isn’t true?
2. Discuss as a group how the lack of the Resurrection affects our faith?
3. Read v19. What does this verse tell us is as stake if the resurrection isn’t true?
4. Read v.29 tells us that the covenant of baptism is at stake without the resurrection. To help us understand this, let’s review the dialogue that takes place at CrossPointe Church when we baptize someone!
After their profession of faith in Christ we say:
“Upon profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in obedience to His command, I now baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Being buried in His death, and raised to walk again in the newness of life.”
What part of the above dialogue would be untrue, or have no value if the resurrection weren’t true?
5. Read v.30-32. These verses tell us that without the resurrection, the “purpose” of the Christianity is lost. How does Paul make this point to us in these verses?
6. Read v.50-53. What do these verses tell us is at stake if the Resurrection isn’t true?
7. Read v.54-57. What do these verses tell us is at stake if the Resurrection isn’t true?
Today, we discussed seven things that are at stake if the resurrection is not true: Our faith and the message of Jesus Christ, our hope, the covenant of baptism, our purpose, our inheritance, and our victory over death. The resurrection is essential! It is more than just a supportive doctrine to the crucifixion. The resurrection is primary to the Christian faith! Think about this, no other religion would be phased by the revelation that their “god” was dead. In every other religion, this truth is readily accepted! How can a “god” who himself cannot defeat death, offer life? Death has proven to be a superior adversary to the “god” of every other religion. Christ is the only one to defeat death! Christ is not only more powerful than every other believed or perceived “god” in the world, but He is more powerful than the adversary that defeated them all…death! This truth should not be marginalized, but exalted; we serve a living God!