“Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning,” – Mark 16:9
Jesus is alive, and so there will be life after this death.
Eye witness accounts of the resurrected Jesus: Matthew 28 Mark 16 Luke 24 John 20-21 Acts 1:1-11
Jesus is alive, and “now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” – Hebrews 12:2
Paul writes in the ’40s and ’50s before the gospels had been written, including specific words memorized by believers. They would have included these words in prayer and in their conversation with each other.
“He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:8-11
“God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace you have been saved!) For he saved us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2: 4- 6
“God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.” – Romans 4 24- 25
“Since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be safe through the life of his son.” – Romans 5:10
The spectacular poem of the first Christians, we know as Colossians 1:15-20.
“For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him, you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God who raised Christ from the dead.” – Colossians 2:12
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made You alive with Christ for he forgave all your sins.” – Colossians 2:13
“I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him sharing in his death so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!” – Philippians 3: 9-11
“And now dear brothers and sisters we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
“The Good News is about his son. In his earthly life, he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.” – Romans 1:3-5
“this message, ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’” – resurrected Jesus in Luke 24:45-47
Because Jesus is alive, there will be life after this death.
What do we learn?
1. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus was predicted and fulfilled as essential to his identity and function as our Savior, the Messiah.
2. Jesus is alive.
3. This is proof of who Jesus is and God’s salvation plan coming to fulfillment.
4. The resurrection miracle makes salvation available to us.
5. This miracle should change how we respond to death.
6. We now have purpose to share this Good News.
Questions to consider:
Is there proof of the resurrection of Jesus?
What does the resurrection of Jesus mean to me?
Do I think of Jesus as being alive today?
What should we do?
1. Believe and Receive Jesus as Savior.
2. Worship and Live out of a “Thank You”.
3. Share the Good News.