THE RESURRECTION

 

The major difference between Christianity and all other world religions.

 

Where are all of the founders of the world’s religions?

 

Where are Buddha, Mohammed, and Confucius? And where are the founders of Hinduism, Shintoism, Bahaism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and Jainism etc., etc.?

 

Without exception: They are ALL - Dead and Buried!

 

Where is Jesus Christ? Have you ever considered that if anyone were to ever find the body of the Founder of our religion we would all be found to be liars and without hope?

 

1. The Fact of the Resurrection: (1 Corinthians. 15:3-8)

 

Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

 

                Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

 2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the  sun.

 3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

 4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

 5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

 6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

 7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

 

                Luke 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

 8 And they remembered his words,

 9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

 

John 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

 2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

 3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

 4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

 5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

 6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

 7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

 9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

 10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

 11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

 12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

 13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

 14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

 

                Acts 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

 

                Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

 24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

 25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

 26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

 27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

 28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

 29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

 30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

 31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

 32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

 33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

 34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

 35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

 

                Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

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

 

                1Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

 

2. What does Jesus Christ’s Resurrection mean to the world? HOPE! (Not in this world, but in the Lord Jesus Christ) (1 Peter 1:3-5)

 

                1Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

3. What If – It’s Not True? (1 Cor. 15:12-19, 20-22, 32)

 

                1Corinthians 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

 29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

 30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?

 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

 32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

 

4. How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body?

 

                1Corinthians 15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?

 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.

 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

 

                Luke 24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?

 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

 

                Matthew 22:23  The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

 24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

 25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:

 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.

 27 And last of all the woman died also.

 28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

 31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

 

5. How many Resurrections are there? (Raised from the dead and alive forever more)

 

                Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

 

                #1. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Verses already covered.)

 

            #2. The Old Testament Saints (1 Corinthians 15:22-23; Matthew 27:52-53)

 

                #3. Believers’ Spiritual Resurrection - New Birth (Ephesians 2:1-6; Romans 6:3-5)

 

            #4. Israel’s National Resurrection (Ezekiel 37:1-6, 11-14, 21; Romans 11:1-26)

 

#5. The Body of Christ -The Church (1 Corinthians 15:51-55; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10;

                                                                                2 Thess. 2:1-10; 1 John 3:2)

 

            #6. Tribulation Saints (Revelation 11:3-12)

 

            #7. Unsaved Dead (Revelation 20:11-15)

 

People should have a concern about where they are going to spend eternity.

 

We can break down the 7 resurrections into 2 resurrections if we set aside #3 (The Spiritual Resurrection of a believer) and #4 (The National Resurrection of Israel).

 

The First resurrection can be broken down in this manner:

 

                        #1. The Lord Jesus Christ

                        #2. The First Fruits – Old Testament Saints

                        #5. The Harvest - The Church

                        #6. The Gleanings – Tribulation Saints

 

This is The Resurrection of the Saints: (Revelation 20:4-6)

 

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first  resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

 

The Second Resurrection would be:

 

                        #7. The Resurrection of the Damned. (John 11:25-26)

           

                Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

Which Resurrection will you be in?

 

                John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?