Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 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. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.( 1 Corinthians 15:1-8)
Christ is Risen! The empty tomb is the world’s most serious opening. The stone was not rolled away to let Jesus out, but to let us in to see that the “Prince of Life” has conquered all, even death. Hallelujah!
Christ died according to the scriptures... All was foretold, the Hebrew prophets revealed tat the Messiah must suffer and die, but not for himself but for the people.
How do we know that He died? The apostles saw him pried off of the cross, hurriedly embalmed and buried. A Roman executioner certified His death to the Governor. The several ton stone was rolled over the mouth of the tomb, and the seal and guard of Rome was attached to it.
He Rose on the third day…also according to the scriptures… The resurrection also was predicted by the prophets of old as well as by Jesus himself. How do we know Jesus was raised from the dead? We take the words of the apostles, who saw Him, ate with him(and you couldn’t see the fish pass through his esophagus, for JEsus is not merely a Spirit, he was raised in the flesh), Jesus is alive!
Why should we believe the Apostles? Because eleven out of twelve of them died horrible violent deaths, rather than recant what they had seen and heard. Jesus is risen indeed. Why look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!
What would it take to transform a frightened Peter into a bold apostle, charging the very mob he once cowered at with the murder of the PRince of Life? Nothing less tan a resurrection!
What would it take to get you to confess like James and Jude, that your half-brother, is “the only wise God and our saviour”, and “The Lord of Glory”? This is the man you were raised with, as pious and monotheistic Jews! Nothing less than a resurrection!
What would it take to transform a bitter archenemy and a persecutor into a chief proponent and martyr? Paul saw and surrendered to the risen Saviour! Jesus is alive!
Because He lives, we can know that He died for our sins, not his own. We can know by the empty Tomb, that God has accepted JEsus’ sacrifice for us, and that all who come in faith through Him, can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life! Happy first-fruits everyone, Jesus is LORD!!!