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Easter Sermon: Answers to Questions about Resurrection

Introduction

The Easter is the most important day in the Christian calendar. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  As Christians, we take the fact of the resurrection without question.

However, unbelievers sometimes want more explanation before they will believe.  1 Peter 3:15 tells us to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

If you have friends who do not understand your faith, you may want to take notes this morning so you can answer their questions.

Read Luke 24:1-8

1. Why is the resurrection so Important?

Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-19

A. Validates everything Jesus taught. He told us He would rise from the dead; if He did not, we would have no reason to believe anything else He told us.

B. Our salvation would be a lie. He would not be the Son of God, but an imposter.

C. There would be no eternal life and the grave would be the end for us. It gives us hope for our own resurrection; since Christ is risen, we will also rise from the grave. It is the one thing that sets us apart from all other world religions; we have a living Savior!

2. Can it be explained in natural Means?

A. Skeptics claim that Jesus was not really dead; he was just unconscious on the cross. Would suggest that the Romans could not tell a dead man when they saw one (crucifixions were common).

B. Not a single historical or biblical record even suggests that Jesus did not actually die on the cross. How could an unconscious man survive in the tomb for three days without food, water or medical care? How could a weak, unconscious man, with no help from anyone, roll the stone away and overcome the Roman guards at the tomb?

C. The nature of His treatment was too severe for anyone to have lived through it: Agony began in Gethsemane. (bloody sweat is a documented medical condition caused by great stress). Beaten at Caiaphas’ House. No food, no sleep, no rest, no water.

Then there was the matter of the beating he took:

3. Couldn’t it have been a Conspiracy?

A. Suggests that the authorities hid the body so His disciples could not get to it.

If they intended to do that, why would they have placed guards at the tomb?

Suggests that Jesus was dead, but His disciples stole His body to make people believe He had risen:

B. In either case, the conspiracy would have involved so many people that it would have collapsed under its own weight!

C. Somebody would have broken the silence and told the truth. It would have been the end of Christianity!

Conclusion

The resurrection story is not a myth. It is one of the most documented facts of history. The Bible story is an indestructible anvil of truth. Those who seek to destroy or disprove it are like hammers pounding on that anvil.

Today, the anvil still stands unharmed, surrounded by broken and worn out hammers, broken by the very anvil they sought to destroy. The simple, undeniable truth today is that Jesus is alive and because He lives, we shall live also.

Taken from the personal sermon notes collection of Dr. Arnold Lastinger
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