And If Christ Be Not Risen...
By Brian A. Yeager
A. We regularly remember the Lord’s death (I Corinthians 11:23-33).
1. We will continue to do so until His return (I Corinthians 11:26).
2. This is one way we are reminded, at least every first day of the week (Acts 20:7), that Jesus was sacrificed for a reason (I Peter 3:18).
B. One difference in considering the death of Christ and the resurrection, is instead of looking backwards in remembrance; the resurrection has us looking forward in anticipation (I Thessalonians 1:9-10).
II. Body: I Corinthians 15:1-22
A. Jesus had to be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again (Matthew 17:22-23).
1. His death, and events surrounding it, was in accordance with the Scriptures (Zechariah 11:12-13 [cf. Matthew 27:9], Psalms 22:18 [cf. John 19:23-24], Psalms 34:20 [cf. John 19:32-36] Psalms 69:21 [cf. John 19:29-30], etc.).
2. As was His resurrection (Psalms 16:10; cf. Acts 2:22-31).
3. This enabled then and now to preach Christ, even through the prophets (Acts 26:22-23).
B. His resurrection was witnessed and testified of (Luke 24:47-48, Acts 2:32, and Acts 3:13-15).
1. Those that had been with Him were witnesses (John 15:27).
2. As were others (Acts 13:29-31).
C. Without the resurrection, our faith would be in vain because the place of Christ as our Savior requires Him to have been raised and exalted (Acts 5:30-32).
1. Our assurance rests with the resurrection of Christ (Acts 17:31).
2. Our hope is in life hereafter (Colossians 1:5), which first was shown through Christ being risen from the dead (Colossians 1:18).
D. The resurrection is our lively hope, the realization of our salvation (I Peter 1:3-16).
1. Though doubts abound around us, we are to be prepared for the coming of Christ (II Peter 3:1-14).
2. Therefore, look to Jesus who has been here and done that (Hebrews 12:1-3).
III. Conclusion: The question left to each of us is, what side will you be on (John 5:28-29)?
© 2017 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager