Sunday Morning Service

Summary

According to the Scriptures, Jesus rose from the grave on the third day. The witnesses of the resurrection are seven-fold in I Corinthians 15:4-8. The Scripture said He rose, Peter saw Him, the disciples saw Him, five hundred brethren saw Him, James saw Him, the apostles saw Him, and Paul saw Him. Paul was the last apostle to see the risen Jesus.

People may deny the resurrection, but it is still a fact. But what if He had never resurrected, and His body was still in the tomb?

If Jesus had not resurrected, He would not be who He claimed to be. He prophesied that He would be in the grave three days and three nights. Using Jewish time, this implies that He died on Wednesday or Thursday; He definitely did not die on “Good Friday.” Jesus implicitly claimed equality with God when He claimed Himself to be the Resurrection.

If Jesus had not resurrected, God’s redemptive plan would not be finalized. Jesus’ resurrection was necessary for the believers’ resurrection. The gospel is not just the death and burial; it is the death, burial, and resurrection. “It is finished” was the sign of the coming resurrection; He knew He was going to rise again, though His death was necessary.

If Jesus had not resurrected, man would have no hope for redemption and our faith would be in vain. Christianity is built on this truth: there is no alternative plan; it’s God’s way or nothing. Jesus is the only way to God, though any man can come. God was not “searching for a solution” when Jesus walked the earth; the plan of sacrificing Jesus was in place before the world began. If Jesus did not rise, we would have no hope of Heaven.

Realize that Jesus Christ has power over death; He can overcome any obstacle you face. If you’re not sure you’re going to Heaven, rest assured that Jesus Christ made a way, if you would come.