My Sermons in Nigeria.
CHRIST’ RESURRECTION, MY HOPE. MY BENEFITS.
At RCCG CHAPEL OF LIFE, RCCG LROVINCE 4 HEADQUARTES,GARKI ABUJA-SUNDAY 16/4/17
Lesson: Matt 28:1-10; 1 Cor 15:3-9.
Alive, alive, my Saviour is alive..He’s alive forever more, the sting of death is gone, / And now he lives/ I have eternal life/ since Jesus is alive…sing Halleluyah
-My soul doth magnify the Lord/My Spirit praises His name.For death could not hold Jesus captive/ Even in the grave, Jesus is Lord Introduction
Let me wish you all, a happy Resurrection or Easter Sunday! The Lord is Risen indeed. It is the major platform on which our faith rests. Luk 24:34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
The story of
Of Easter, Crown, the Cross and Resurrection- Our Benefits.
– THE RESURRECTION. According to MerriemWebster Dictionary, is defined as, in Christianity : the event told about in the Bible in which Jesus Christ returned to life after his death
: the event told about in the Bible in which dead people will be brought back to life before the day of final judgment
Resurrection story recorded by the four Gospels:
We must briefly mentioned the outlines of Crucifixion…Jesus nailed to the Cross at Calvary… about AD 30/33
Resurrection is the physical confirmation of the New Covenant started on Calvary!
All other god’s are dead our us alive
Jesus was tried six times! The trials of Jesus
1. The Jewish trials
A. Before Annas (John 18:12-14)
B. Before Caiaphas (John 18:19-24)
C. Before the Sandedrin (Matthew 27:1-2)
2. The Roman Trials
A. Before Pilate (John 18:28-38)
B. Before Herod (Luke 23:6-11)
C. Before Pilate again (John 18:39-19:16)
Jesus is mocked and beaten (Matt. 27:26-32)
(cf., Isaiah 52:14-53:12 and Psalm 22)
1. Crown of thorns: probably 3 inches long
2. Scourged: not under Jewish Law (40 save one)
But under Roman law, unlimited (60-120) times with a flagellum.
In the hands of probably two Roman professional whippers.
E. The crucifixion (27:33-44)
1. Three parts of the cross.
2. Mockery of the titilus.
3. Golgotha – shape or abundance of skulls.
4. What occurs medically to someone crucified.
5. Crucified naked.
6. Mockery on the cross (II Corinthians 5:21).
F. The death of Christ (27:45-56)
G. Jesus’ burial (27:57-61)
Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.Rom 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
1Co 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:1Co 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
1Co 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
Jesus defeated Satan, death and hell. Paradise is open to all Brlievers in Christ.
Easter as a word, may have been originally coloured by ancient unchristian festivals, but what we celebrate actually is the death and Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We had it foreshadowed by the Passover…the blood of a sinless, blameless lamb was to cover the ancient Israelites’homes and to deliver them from the slavery of Egypt.Read this in, Exo 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.Exo 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:…Exo 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
But what is Resurrection? In their book A Handbook of Apologetics, Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli, underscored the overarching importance of a resurrection by saying, ‘EVERY SERMON PREACHED BY EVERY CHRISTIAN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT centers on the resurrection. The gospel or “good news” means essentially the news of Christ’s resurrection. The message that flashed across the ancient world, set hearts on fire, changed lives and turned the world upside down was not “love your neighbor.” Every morally sane person son already knew that; it was not news. The news was that a man who claimed to be the Son of God and the Savior of the world had risen from the dead.’
Prophecy of the seed of the woman yo crush the head of the serpent…Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel…
Hos 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
In the Apostles’ creed, Jesus was crucified, dead and buried,on the third day rose again From the dead
Jesus said so..Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour rose from the dead. The Bible tells the story. It is an historical fact attested to by witnesses; both human and angelic.
Let us trace it from Matthew’s Gospel chapter 28, thus:
The Resurrection took place early Easter Sunday morning.Mat 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week,
Witnesses saw it.came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre…1Co 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:1Co 15:6 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.1Co 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.1Co 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
An earthquake…a historic event was taking place.Mat 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake:
Terrible Angels for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. God is rolling away your problems, today.Mat 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:Angels are part of your messengers but be a Christian.. Heb 1:7.. flames of fire
Jesus strikes fear in the hearts of the world military might. Mat 28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
Fear not!Mat 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here! Jesus is risen ! Mat 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
The Empty Tomb..Satan has list the battle…our Federal Head won…we have light, hope, freshness through the grave.
The Great Commission. Go quickly Mat 28:7 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.
With fear and joy.Mat 28:8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
Jesus is meeting you today.Mat 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Mat 28:10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
The Benefits of Resurrection
The implications or benefits of Resurrection:
. To Give Us Eternal Life (John 11: 25–27)
To Show His Power over Death (Acts 2: 24; Romans 6: 9)
To Heal Us (Acts 4: 10)
To Forgive Our Sins (Acts 13: 37–38; 1 Corinthians 15: 17)
To Give Life to Our Mortal Bodies (Romans 8: 11)…To Give Us Heavenly, Imperishable Bodies (1 Corinthians 15: 42–48).To Clothe Us with His Image (1 Corinthians 15: 49)…largely culled from, Steven D. Mathewson, Risen: 50 Reasons Why The Resurrection Changed Everything, Baker Books (Grand Rapids, MI, 2013 )
To Justify Sinners (Romans 4: 23–25; Acts 13: 39)
To Unite Us with Him in His Resurrection (Romans 6: 5–8)
To Set Creation Free from Its Bondage (Romans 8: 21–22)
To Intercede for Us at God’s Right Hand (Romans 8: 34; Hebrews 7: 23–25)
To Adopt Us into God’s Family (Romans 8: 23) Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition betwee Nos.1-12, largely culled from, Steven D. Mathewson, Risen: 50 Reasons Why The Resurrection Changed Everything, Baker Books (Grand Rapids, MI, 2013 )
Rev 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Hallelujah! Victory is yours now…Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Resurrection is tge assurance that you shall rise again too; our Hope..Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Sing: because He lives. / I can face tomorrow ..because he lives, all fear is gone/ because I know.. he owns my future and life worth a living… just because He lives.
Can you confidentky say, I you can face tomorriw? If you are not yet linked to Resurrection, you need to accept Jesus as your Lord today. You want to know Jesus today. Read John 3:16-18; 15:5-8; Jhn 1:12. May Christ help and defend you in your Christian life journey. Find a Bible- blieving Church and fellowship, today. Read this in Hebrew 10:25.
Thank God for the platform of Resurrection.
All Roman soldiers, preventing my resurrection, I command you to shake and fall off in Jesus’ name!
The strive is over the battle done . I shall reach my destination in Jesus’ name, amen!