Sunday, April 1, 2018 - Christ’s Greatest Triumph!
Pastor Roger C. Marcos
April 1, 2018
- The seal of a finished work Acts 13:29-3-
- The sign of a glorious triumph Heb. 2:14; Eph. 4:8
- The pledge of a coming resurrection 1 Cor. 15:20-22
- The certainty of a future judgment Acts 17:31
From the Book of 750 Bible and Gospel Studies, 1909, George W Noble, Chicago
On the darkest day that ever dawned the Lord Jesus, was crucified enemies thought they could silence Him forever. Yes, Jesus died for the sins of men but He arose victorious over death, Hell and the grave. His resurrection is the reason why we are here today to celebrate the day that the Son of God won the victory.
The doctrine of the resurrection is the FOUNDATION doctrine of the New Testament and can you imagine, resurrection mentioned 104 times in the NT.
“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you murdered by hanging on a tree” 31Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, TO GIVE REPENTANCE TO ISRAEL AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS. Acts 5:30-31
Without the Resurrection of Christ there is No Christianity, No Baptism, No Church, No Lord Supper, and no Salvation at all.
The greatest miracle in Jesus resurrection is true, then it is easy to believe all the rest. Amen!
1. The Evidence of Jesus Resurrection. The four gospel tells about it and proved Christ resurrection. Without Jesus resurrection we are the most miserable one living on planet earth.
A. The Verification Of Jesus’ Death. We have to start with the Bad News. Jesus’ confrontation with the religious leaders of Israel cost Him His life. When the Roman soldiers removed Him from that awful cross of Golgotha, He was dead. As horrible as this fact is, the validity of the resurrection accounts hinges on it.
In the four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion, His death is spoken of in two distinct terms. In Matthew 27:50 and in John 19:30, the writers said He “yielded up” or “gave up” His spirit. The other accounts both record that He “breathed His last” Mk. 15:37; Lk. 23:46
Remarkably, Matthew, Mark, and Luke each recorded a simultaneous event that occurred some distance from Calvary. They wrote that as Jesus died, “the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Mk. 15:38). This miraculous event signaled the end of the Old Testament era of animal sacrifice and limited access to God. But that’s not all it meant. It also verified Jesus’ death, because it demonstrated that His complete sacrifice had satisfied God’s demands. For centuries, God had required the death of an unblemished lamb as an atonement for sin.
Now Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God, had become the new sacrifice. The veil was no longer needed, for access to God had been opened to all who would believe in Christ.
The Roman soldiers did not break Jesus’ legs, because they “saw that He was already dead” Jn. 19:33.
B. The Empty Tomb. Matthew 28:1-6; Mark 16:1-6; Luke24:1-6; John 20:1-6
Matthew 28:1-6 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came 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 from the door,[a] and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and 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 is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
C. The Testimony of Angels. Matthew 28: 6; Luke 24:5-7.
6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Mat. 28:6
5 Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” Luke 24:5-7
Acts 5:30-31“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you murdered by hanging on a tree” 31Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, TO GIVE REPENTANCE TO ISRAEL AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
WHAT SHALL BE MY END?
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, What Will Be The End of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now “If the righteous one is Scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” NKJV 1Pet. 4:17-18
Because Jesus lives, so can we!
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” John 11:25-26
Because of the suffering that Jesus endured, because of his death on the cross, because of his resurrection, the power of sin has been broken. Death has been conquered. But only those who believe in him will receive the hope of heaven, the gift of eternal life.
Do you believe? Will you receive this precious gift, bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ?