in Perilous Times.
People indeed have a powerless form of godliness.
What is the Power of Godliness?
Jesus alone can work godliness in us.]
[A father was overheard verbally chastening his son for his
biblical illiteracy. He said, "you
don't even know the lord's prayer."
The son replied, "oh yes I do. Now
I lay me down to sleep, I pray the lord my soul to keep, if I should die before
I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take."
To this the father responded with, "I'm sorry son, I didn't think you
Contemporary Views of the Resurrection.
- August 13th]
[66% of Baptists believe the Bible is accurate]
[34% of Baptists believe Satan is real]
[45% of Baptists believe Jesus was sinless]
[46% believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus.]
Say: [- Explaining away Christianity.]
Jesus never died - the swoon theory.
Jesus body was stolen.
Jesus spiritually rose from the dead.
Compelling Voices of a Physical
Resurrection – [There is no
stronger evidence than that of an eyewitness.]
(vs 1-2, 10; cf. Mark 16.1-3;
John 20.11-16) [- Mary and
others came looking for a body.
They came expecting to find a dead body.
They came intending to honor Christ by honoring His dead body.
These women were apparently unaware of the Roman Guards placed around the
tomb for these guards would never have allowed these women to open that tomb and
the women as they are coming asked, ]
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the
mother of James, and Salome,
had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
2 And very early in the morning the
first day of the week, they
came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
3 And they said among themselves,
Who shall roll us away
the stone from the door of the sepulchre?]
[Yet, these women came, driven by their love for our Lord
and their desire to honor Him. As
they approached the sepulchre they found something very different than they
thought they would find. They found
the Guards lying as though dead, the tomb opened and the angels proclaiming the
physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
These women were eyewitnesses of the physical resurrection of the Lord
20:11-16 11 But Mary stood
without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down,
and looked into the sepulchre,
12 And seeth two angels in white
sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus
had lain. 13 And they say unto her,
Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my
Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw
Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest
thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have
borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She
turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.]
(Matt 27.62-66; 28.1-5) [- The Guards ensured the body was not
stolen. While there are those who,
to this day, claim that the body of Jesus was stolen from the tomb the evidence
points irrefutably against such a possibility.
The centurions were the best trained soldiers of their day.
To fail a mission such as this meant certain death for a Roman soldier.
To think that fishermen, and women could have overcome Roman soldiers is
[The whole purpose for placing the soldiers at the tomb
in the first place was to ensure the body was not stolen.
The Guards were placed to ensure that Christianity would not begin in the
first place, the failure of these guards to keep the supernatural from happening
provides an incredible support for the physical resurrection. Without argument
these soldiers would have been able to fight off any natural attempt to steal
Jesus body, or they would have died trying, the fact that they failed and lived
reveals that something they could not control or be held responsible for
62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the
chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
Saying, Sir, we
remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I
will rise again. 64 Command
therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his
disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is
risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a
watch: go your way, make it as
sure as ye can. 66 So they went,
and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. ]
[Matthew 28:1-5 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.
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. 3
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
And for fear of him the keepers did
shake, and became as dead men. 5
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I
know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. ]
(Luke 24.36-49) [- Christ went to great lengths to dispel the doubts of
the Apostles. The most compelling
evidences for the physical resurrection are contained in this point and the one
following. There may be arguments
and debate about the Guards and their testimony.
There may even be some remote debate about the women at the tomb of
Jesus. But the physical appearance
of the Lord Jesus Christ, the ability to reach out and physically touch Him in
the presence of multiple witnesses is something that goes beyond any reasonable
debate. The testimony of these
verses is undeniable,]
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye
troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it
is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye
see me have. 40 And when he had
thus spoken, he shewed them his
hands and his feet.]
(1 Cor 15.1-8)
[- Dealing with carnal doubt. What
do you think the Bible is all about.
Some feel the Bible is meant to restrict peoples lives.
They feel its counsel and commands lay undo restrictions upon life and
liberty. The Bible does contain
instructions for life, but these instructions are all substantiated by one
undying theme that permeates the Bible from its beginning to its end.
This unyielding theme is the incarnation, death, burial, and resurrection
of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every
thing contained in the Bible points to this one historical event.
The New Testament goes to great lengths to manifest the physical
resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you
the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein
ye stand; 2 By which also ye are
saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in
vain. 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; 4 And
that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the
scriptures: 5 And that he was seen
of Cephas, then of the twelve: 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.
7 After that, he was seen of James; then
of all the apostles. 8 And last of
all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ]
[Seen of the Apostles (1 Cor 15.5,7).]
[Seen of over 500 at one time (1 Cor 15.6).]
[Seen of Paul personally (1 Cor 15.8).]
[Think for just a moment about what the New Testament
records by eyewitness in the presence of other eyewitnesses.
If the physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ didn’t happen then
disregard the Bible altogether, for the whole book is meaningless.
However, if the physical resurrection really happened, and Jesus Christ
really did rise from the grave, then everything else in the Bible is true as
well and you had better learn, listen, and heed those things written in the
[Since the resurrection is reasonably, biblically, and
historically confirmed then the Bible is true and there really is a Lake of Fire
many call Hell. There really is an
eternal life to come. There really
is a divine judgment for all mankind to face.
There really is a choice that you must and are making concerning your
eternal future. Life really is
about more than just your present existence and problems.
Death is not the end of your life or problems, you will and must stand
before God when all is said and done on this earth.
What is your choice?]
Collective Verification of the Physical
Resurrection – [The Empirical
Historical Data. Someone might
argue, “Well, preacher, you give some convincing arguments, but all your
arguments come form the Bible alone.
You can’t just trust the Bible preacher, and there just is no evidence
for Jesus and the resurrection apart form the Bible.”
My disillusioned friend, you are so wrong.
There are volumes of extra biblical evidences for the life and
resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
a Jewish/Roman historian [records the resurrection turmoil more than once in
his written works.]
Roman Historian [ - In his book
Annals makes a statement about one he calls Christus that was condemned by
Pontius. A clear reference to Jesus.]
A Roman Historian [- In his work called
The Life of Claudius writes about a
disturbance at the instigation of Chrestus.
We are not sure what Suetonius is referring to because he wrote after the
death and resurrection of Christ, however, some believe this is a clear
reference to Christians and Christ.]
AD 111 A Roman Historian [- in his
letter to emperor Trajan, Pliny refers to Christians as those who sing
together to Christ as to a God.]
Rabbinical Evidence [- These contain a number of references to Jesus,
however these were written a number of centuries after Jesus.
They denied the virgin birth and said Jesus was an illegitimate child.
They tell of his execution but claim that his trial was left open for
forty days to give people a chance to present evidence to clear Jesus.
They identified him as Jesus of Nazareth.
They say Jesus practiced sorcery or witchcraft. They say he mocked the
wise men of Jerusalem
(Pharisees). They say Jesus
disciples healed the sick in his name.
They say he was a false prophet and that he had only five disciples.
They say that Jesus said that he came not to destroy the law but to
fulfill it. All written by those
who vehemently hated Jesus, his followers, and anyone who would choose to follow
of Jesus Christ [- The physical resurrection is the cardinal pretense of the
Body of Christ. Take away the
physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the Church and the church
ceases to exist. All the religious
leaders would have had to have done to end Christianity in the first century,
and all that the enemies of our Lord and His Church would have to do throughout
this Church age would be lay out the body of the Lord Jesus Christ for all to
see and Christianity would cease to exist.]
religious leaders who crucified our Lord could not and they did not lay out the
body of Jesus. Why? Because Jesus was not dead, He was alive, and physically
alive at that. Not only was He
physically alive but He was physically glorified as well.]
[In February of
2007 there was a claim made, by film maker
James Cameron, that the tomb of
Jesus had been found. What about
this claim? If this claim were
proven true then is would have devastated Christianity.
It would have been unequivocal proof that Jesus did not rise from the
dead. However, once the tomb was
investigated and studied by bible scholars, archaeologist, and authorities from
around the world and from every walk of life and religious background it became
irrefutably evident that the tomb had been misunderstood and misreported.
It was not the tomb of Jesus at all.]
[If anyone were ever able to provide irrefutable proof
that Jesus died and did not resurrect then Christianity would cease to exist.
The resurrection is the foundation of the Church of the Lord Jesus
Christ. No one has yet provided
such evidence and no one will in the future, because you can not produce the
remains of a physically living body.
Jesus Physically rose from the grave and He is eternally physically
alive. The Church is evidence of the resurrection of our Lord.]
Convicting Validation of the Physical
Resurrection (1 Jn 5.11-13) [- The
litmus test of the new birth is the indwelling presence of God in the heart and
life of the believer. Nothing
substantiates the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ more than His personal
spiritual presence and illumination with His saint.
The Bible States it this way:]
[1 John 5:11-13
11 And this is the record, that
God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of
God hath not life. 13 These things
have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may
know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the
Son of God. ]
Indwelling presence (Rev 3.20; Jn 1.12) – [When a sincere seeker hears
the undeniable Word of God and responds with confession and conviction to the
revelation of God, then the Bible clearly reveals that the Lord Jesus Christ
will accept this confession and respond by moving into the inmost being of the
newly born Christian. Once the Lord
Jesus Christ moves into this individuals life He makes Himself known by
establishing an undeniable relationship with this new child of God.
The Bible states:]
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and
knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him, and he with me.
[This is the
new spiritual birth realized in the heart and life of the new believer, and
supernaturally established and support by the eternal authority of Almighty
[John 1:12 12
But as many as received
him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on
his name: ]
CrossRoads Baptist Church,
March 23, 2008