He's Alive! Resurrection Sunday 2011

Lighthouse Bible Church
Pastor John Farley
April 24, 2011

He’s Alive!

Martin Luther said that he preached
“as though Christ were crucified yesterday,
rose again from the dead today,
and is coming again tomorrow.”

The resurrection and the cross go together.

Christ did the amazing work of our redemption on the cross.   And the resurrection is the proof of that, the announcement of that.

If you simply take the records at face value, the good news that they preached everywhere was the fact that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

In fact one of the key requirements to be an authentic apostle was that you had to have seen the resurrected Christ. (Act 1:22;  1Co 9:1)

When Paul was before the Council in Jerusalem, he kept saying he was on trial for the Resurrection.

The resurrection is the central theme in every Christian sermon reported in the book of Acts.

Those apostles preached resurrection.  Not only the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ – but also our resurrection from the dead.

Act 4:2 they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

They understood that the cross and the resurrection are a partnership of incomparable, unconquerable events.

The cross is the supreme act of God’s love. The resurrection is the irrefutable proof that this act was God’s.

Didn’t you understand that the Messiah had to suffer and then enter into His glory?

Chafer: “His resurrection is vitally related to:
  • the ages past
  • the fulfillment of all prophecy
  • the values of His death

Chafer: “His resurrection is vitally related to:
  • the church
  • Israel
  • Creation

Chafer: “His resurrection is vitally related to:
  • the purposes of God in grace which reach beyond the ages to come
  • the eternal glory of God

“Very much depended on the death of Christ, but every value of that death would have been sacrificed apart from the Resurrection.” (Chafer)

If there is one word the Bible associates with the resurrection of Jesus  Christ, it is POWER.

1Co 6:14 Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.

Rom 1:4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead,
according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,

Phil 3:10 That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

1Co 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

When you preach the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you preach power on top of power.

What makes our gospel preaching authentic is the fact that we too have had our encounter with the Risen Lord.

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