Why the resurrection is important!
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it…I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.
“Christ was not a martyr dying for his faith, but a Savior dying for our sins.
He did not say, “I am finished,” but, “it is finished.”
The Trinity involved in Jesus death and resurrection
The Father – John 3:16; Acts 2:24
The Son – John 10:11, 18
The Holy Spirit – Hebrews 9:14; Romans 1:4
1 Corinthians 15:5-9 He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him. For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church.
10 appearances of the resurrected Savior:
Mary Magdalene – John 20:11-18
The other woman – Matthew 28:9-10
The two disciples – Luke 24:13-32
Simon Peter – Luke 24:33-35
Ten apostles – Luke 24:36-43
Eleven apostles – John 20:26-31
Seven apostles – John 21:1-14
Five hundred disciples – 1 Corinthians 15:6
James, his half brother – 1 Corinthians 15:7
Eleven apostles – Luke 24:44-49
The Apostle Paul:
Road to Damascus – Acts 9:1-9, Corinth – Acts 18:9
Jerusalem – Acts 23:11, Sinking ship – Acts 27:23
If the resurrection were not true…
1 Corinthians 15:12-19, 32-33 But tell me this – since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God – for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world… And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:26, 54-56 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death… Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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