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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
April 05, 2015      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

The resurrection is the greatest event in history and the center of our faith.

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1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

If Jesus was not raised from the Dead:

1. This is vain preaching

2. You have vain and futile faith

3. We are all still in our sins

4. We are to be most pitied for our temporary hope in this life

Today I begin with this challenge:

If Jesus was not raised from the dead forsake all that is Christianity!

If Jesus was raised from the dead then put all of your faith and all of your life into living for Him!

No middle ground. Either reject him fully or serve him fully based upon the validity of the resurrection from the dead.

I have made my decision with PAUL:

1 Corinthians 15:20

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

I have two primary reasons that I believe this radical piece of information:

1. Logical Reason: The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most well proven and documented event in ancient history.

2. Heart Reason: My inmost heart tells me that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest truth on planet earth.

Quick lesson in how we prove that ancient history actually happened:

1. Number of resources -




Julius Africanus


Pliny the Younger

2. Manuscripts - number and age

Plato; 427-347BC

- 2 ancient copies which were written 1200 years after Plato’s time

Julius Caesar; 100-44BC

- 10 ancient copies of his Gallic Wars dating around 1000 years after he lived

Homers Iliad; 900BC

-  643 copies dating around 500 years after Homer’s time. The 643 copies have a 95% accuracy rate with each other.

Jesus Christ; 0-33AD

- 5,600 copies dating as early 50-100 years after his death. The 5,600 copies have a 99% accuracy rate compared to each other.

Reality is that the Bible is the best attested to historical document in ancient history. None come close.

As one author said - If the bible was about secular information and not “religion” it would be affirmed by every major learning institution in America.

So I agree with Josh McDowell when asked why he believed in Jesus and his resurrection - “Because I cannot deny history!”

But many do deny history because of a heart issue.

The existence of Jesus along with his death and resurrection is information that is warred upon by a real spiritual enemy – 

2 Corinthians 4:4

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

John 8:44

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Some deny the holocaust ever happened even though there is overwhelming proof.

Some deny that a baby is a life if it is in a womb and not a crib.

The mind and heart can be deceived by a real enemy that wants the death and suffering of every human on earth.

So – 

Either believe upon the resurrection or deny it.

Go all in or all out.

The issue demands it.

Four Major Accomplishments of the Resurrection of Jesus

Proves that Jesus is the God/man and that his words are true.

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Proves that his death was no mere martyrdom but a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

Proves that faith in Christ along with his death and resurrection can free people from death producing SIN.

Proves that there is a future resurrection unto eternal life for all that repent and believe upon the gospel.

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