Saturday Sermon: Bible gives evidence of Christ's resurrection
April 1, 2010 at midnight
Updated April 1, 2010 at 11:02 p.m.
The Rev. John Fisher
The greatest event in history is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
The New Testament of the Holy Bible in 1 Corinthians chapter 15:1-20, gives us evidence by witnesses of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.
All four Gospels and book of Acts gives other witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Here is a list of some:
Three women go to the tomb and find the stone rolled away Mary Magdalene hurries to tell the disciples. Mary, James' mother sees the angels. Peter and John arrive and look in the tomb and it is empty.
Mary Magdalene returns and sees angels and then Jesus.
Mary, James's mother, returns with others and these women see the angels, and leaving, they also see Jesus.
Jesus reveals himself to Peter the same day.
Then to some disciples on the road to Emmaus. Then He reveals himself to the apostles minus Thomas. Then to the apostles including Thomas.
To seven by the Lake of Tiberias, and to 500 in Galilee.
To James in Jerusalem and Bethany. To many at the ascension.
To the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus.
To Stephen when Stephen was stoned.
To Paul in the temple.
To John on the Isle of Patmos in the book of Revelation.
The Christian church would not have good news message if there is not the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No hope, no forgiveness of sins, no heaven for mankind.
The gospel of the Risen Christ is the power of almighty god, unto salvation to all who believe. We put our faith in the living Lord Jesus, he is not dead but risen to the glory of almighty God.
This record of Biblical facts should give hope for the soul, challenge to your thinking, opportunity to trust God and hold comfort for the hurting, crying and dying.
The devil's power of death could not hold the Son of God in the grave.
Someone wrote their experience with these resurrection truths.
"How do I know that Christ is risen: What proof have I to give? He touched my life one blessed day and I began to live. How do I know He left the tomb that Easter long ago? I met Him just this morning, and my life is all aglow. How do I know that endless life He gained that day for me? His life within is proof enough of immorality. How do I know that Christ still lives, rich blessings to impart? I know it's true because He lives and reigns within my heart."
Have you invited the resurrected life Christ into your life? John 14:6 Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man can come unto the Father but by Me.
The Rev. John Fisher is pastor of First Baptist Church in Point Comfort.