6THE Question: Who wants to spend eternity in heaven??? What is stopping you?
7Empty Cross & Empty Tomb Christianity is a religion of the open tomb. Roy L. SmithThe Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith. John S. Whale
8Evidence of the Resurrection The best proof that Christ has risen is that he is still alive. And for the immense majority of our contemporaries, the only way of seeing him alive is for us Christians to love one another. Louis Evely (1910- )
9Evidence…Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. Martin Luther ( )
10A New Life!The same power that brought Christ back from the dead is operative within those who are Christ's. The Resurrection is an ongoing thing. Leon Morris
11Why Show the Empty Tomb?The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in.
12What is the Relevance?Jesus coming out of the tomb is good, but what does it mean to me?1. Life is temporary.2. Jesus’ was the first to be eternally raised not the last!
13Death Without the Sting?? How can we face our mortality without fear?Can we have confidence that death has no sting?
141 Corinthians 15:50-58 Page 1791I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: (1) We will not all sleep [1 Thessalonians 4:15], but (2) we will all be changed-- 52 (3) in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, (4) at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, (5) the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
15Verses 53-5453 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When (1) the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and (2) the mortal with immortality, …
161 Corinthians 15:50-58 Page 1791then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory.” [Isaiah 25:8]1CO 15:55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?“ [Hosea 13:14]1CO 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
171 Corinthians 15:50-58 Page 17911CO 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
18Verse 57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.Have you accepted His gift through your own death, burial, and resurrection?If not, why not? Would you like our help?If you have accepted the victory what are you doing with it?
19Your Faith How is faith leavening your life? Are you putting the effort into sustained growth?Who has God brought into your life so that you could pass some of your faith along?How are you helping people in your life become ready for the resurrection?
20Next Week:Living a Resurrected Life2 Corinthians 5:15 Page 1799