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1 Because the Tomb is Empty… Because the Tomb is Empty…

2 Both the greatest defeat and the greatest victory ever known occurred at a garden tomb just outside of Jerusalem almost 2000 years ago The greatest defeat was to Satan and the greatest victory was the Lord’s

3 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15

4 Because of Christ’s defeat of death man has been the beneficiary and will himself be raised from the dead Because of Satan’s devastating defeat at the empty tomb death is no longer the great enemy and the grave is no longer to be feared

5 Let’s examine some matters that are true Because the Tomb is Empty Let’s examine some matters that are true Because the Tomb is Empty

6 Because The Tomb is Empty… Because The Tomb is Empty… The Tragedy is Erased

7 Sin has tragic consequences Separate from the cross, there is no atonement for sin before God Without the resurrection man would still be hopelessly bound by sin The tragedy of man’s rejection of Christ was overcome by His resurrection

8 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. Isaiah 59:2, 3

9 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

10 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: Hebrews 10:4, 5

11 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. I Corinthians 15:17

12 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Acts 2:36, 41

13 Because The Tomb is Empty… Because The Tomb is Empty… The Tragedy is Erased The Truth is Established

14 Paul argued that if Christ has been raised from the dead, His teaching and that of the men He inspired is truth

15 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. I Corinthians 15:14, 15

16 Paul argued that if Christ has been raised from the dead, His teaching and that of the men He inspired is truth His resurrection proves Him to be the One He claimed to be and thus demonstrates His word to be truth

17 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: Romans 1:4

18 Paul argued that if Christ has been raised from the dead, His teaching and that of the men He inspired is truth His resurrection proves Him to be the One He claimed to be and thus demonstrates His word to be truth Not only is the truth of the resurrection established, but so also all His words

19 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17

20 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. I Corinthians 14:37

21 Because The Tomb is Empty… Because The Tomb is Empty… The Tragedy is Erased The Truth is Established The Terms are Essential

22 Since He has been raised from the dead, His word is established truth Since His word is truth, that which His word teaches must be accepted and obeyed

23 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. John 12:48

24 Since He has been raised from the dead, His word is established truth Since His word is truth, that which His word teaches must be accepted and obeyed It is futile and foolish for one to claim belief in His resurrection, but then to fail or refuse to be obedient to His words

25 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Luke 6:46

26 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. John 12:42, 43

27 The terms of His will are established by the resurrection, just as the truth of His will is established by it One must obey the gospel in order to be saved

28 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: II Thessalonians 1:6-8

29 The terms of His will are established by the resurrection, just as the truth of His will is established by it One must obey the gospel in order to be saved Every aspect of the gospel plan of salvation must be obeyed- the terms are made essential because the truth has been established

30 Because The Tomb is Empty… Because The Tomb is Empty… The Tragedy is Erased The Truth is Established The Terms are Essential The Terror is Ended

31 Because of Christ’s resurrection, death has been overcome for all men Man no longer need have a dread and fear of death because Christ has overcome its dominion

32 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. Romans 6:8, 9

33 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. I Corinthians 15:20-22

34 Because of Christ’s resurrection, death has been overcome for all men Man no longer need have a dread and fear of death because Christ has overcome its dominion We can know its outcome before we ever face it

35 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:14, 15

36 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. II Corinthians 5:1

37 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. John 14:1-4

38 Because of Christ’s resurrection, death has been overcome for all men Man no longer need have a dread and fear of death because Christ has overcome its dominion We can know its outcome before we ever face it Because of His resurrection, the terror of death is ended

39 Because The Tomb is Empty… Because The Tomb is Empty… The Tragedy is Erased The Truth is Established The Terms are Essential The Terror is Ended The Triumph is Emphasized

40 Not only has death’s hold over mankind been broken by the resurrection, the assurance of victory has been procured

41 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah 25:8

42 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:54-57

43 Not only has death’s hold over mankind been broken by the resurrection, the assurance of victory has been procured The victory can be proclaimed without hesitation His victory assures our victory through Him!

44 Because The Tomb is Empty… Because The Tomb is Empty… The Tragedy is Erased The Truth is Established The Terms are Essential The Terror is Ended The Triumph is Emphasized The Teaching is Empowered

45 If He has been, His teachings are all important, providing all that man needs for life here and eternally, just as His word claims If He has not been raised from the dead, His teachings are not even worthy of our consideration

46 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: II Peter 1:3

47 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

48 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

49 All authority is His, and all men must abide by His teachings and in His doctrine His resurrection proved Him to be Whom He claimed to be (Romans 1:4), and provides the foundation for all that He taught

50 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power [authority- ASV] is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew 28:18

51 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. II John 9, 10

52 Because The Tomb is Empty… Because The Tomb is Empty… The Tragedy is Erased The Truth is Established The Terms are Essential The Terror is Ended The Triumph is Emphasized The Teaching is Empowered The Task is Evident

53 We must be about the business of informing the world Because His tomb is empty the task before us is evident

54 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:18-20

55 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15, 16

56 We must be about the business of informing the world There is no greater need, no news any more pressing, no message any more urgent than this Because His tomb is empty the task before us is evident

57 Our failure in taking the gospel to the lost is ultimately a reflection on our faith in the resurrection If He has been raised from the dead the message of His resurrection must be told The task is urgent- untold millions are dying, untold

58 If it didn’t take place, nothing really holds any significance; if it did, nothing holds any greater significance It is the foundation on which we stand and the assurance by which we are saved

59 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: I Corinthians 15:1-4

60 If it didn’t take place, nothing really holds any significance; if it did, nothing holds any greater significance It is the foundation on which we stand and the assurance by which we are saved We are duty-bound to take the saving message of the gospel, highlighted by the resurrection, to a lost world

61 The Tomb is Empty- Therefore… The Tomb is Empty- Therefore… The Tragedy is Erased The Truth is Established The Terms are Essential The Terror is Ended The Triumph is Emphasized The Teaching is Empowered The Task is Evident

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