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September 30, 2022 6:00 am
Look at these post-resurrection appearances. He was seen by Cephas member Jesus thought that it was important that he had a special meeting with Peter after the resurrection.
Peter do you love me, he asked him three times. He was restoring the apostle fell much confusion among the Christians in Corinth, so the apostle Paul wrote to encourage been instructed today on connect. Skip Skip shares about the evidence. Paul gave her Jesus resurrection explaining why you can trust in God's promises empowered when we begin, we want to tell you about a lease that will inspire him to build even more unity. Others in the church. The most recent U.S. Census revealed that our population is much more diverse than ever before. In fact, over the past 10 years. Our multiracial population increase 276% which presents new challenges here Skip I think the say that this nation is divided would be a gross understatement but I am not going to take sides.
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Spent so much joint Jesus resurrection is the firstfruits that the word template. Our physical resurrection one guarantees the moreover brethren I declare to you the gospel gospel means good news which I preached to you, which you also receive I preached you heard it. You then received it. You internalize it you made it your own and in which you stand.
By which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. Evidence number one, or Jesus resurrection number one. The fact that there were believers in Corinth that in this pagan city. There were some who believe the message that Paul preached, and in believing the message that Paul preached, which is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ totally transformed their lives is the first evidence is the existence of Christians in Corinth because he says you also received it in which you stand.
By which you are saved, if you hold fast that word to which which I preached you unless you believed in vain. So the fact that there are people in Corinth who were Gentiles who believe the message of Christ death, burial and resurrection, which is the gospel. As you will see, that's the first line of evidence that Jesus rose from the dead. He believed the gospel inherent in the gospel is the resurrection of Christ from the dead, you see a dead Savior can't save a dead Savior. Does no one any good.
The idea that Jesus lived a good life. He was a good person.
He taught some wonderful things that he died his dad and never came back.
So what. So that's a philosophy that's not transformative what is transformative is the guy who died not back up, which means he can conquer death if he can conquer death, and by the way he's addicted. I was going to happen no man takes my life from me. I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay down and take it again. Anybody yet that has the power to do that has the power to do anything else. He promises so if he promises he can transform your life than he can and he well if you let them.
So that's the first line of evidence existence of Christians in Corinth. Evidence number two. The prediction of the resurrection found in the Scripture verse two or verse three for I delivered to you. First of all that which I also received when it Paul received that when Depaul received the gospel first. Well the Damascus Road was his moment of transformation he had heard from Stephen about Jesus. But when he really embraced the gospel was the Damascus Road he he he received. Then he spent three years in Arabia, sort of working through the theological implications of that internalizing it before he went out and and shared with the rest of the world so he he heard it he received it. He was transformed by it, for I delivered you.
First of all that which I also received that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures Scriptures predicted the suffering of the Messiah.
Isaiah 53 graphic detail the suffering servant. Actually the end of Isaiah 52.
The rest and then Isaiah 53 and in graphic detail wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon him by his stripes we are healed. Then you have Psalm 22, which uncannily describes death by crucifixion hundreds of years before crucifixion was even invented by the Persians and adopted by the Romans and and you have a list of these things that are predicted in the Scriptures so evidence number one change lives in Corinth. Evidence number two fulfilled Scripture from the Old Testament predicting the death of Jesus.
The burial of Jesus. Also, Isaiah 53 says he would be buried along with the rich and then it says and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
Now we have something interesting because you need to ask where exactly does the Old Testament predict the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day.
Well you could like Peter. Look at Psalm 16 that's what Peter did on the day of Pentecost. He reached back to Psalm 16, according what David said in Psalm 16 David said you will not allow your holy one to see DK or corruption and Peter makes the point that David wasn't talking about himself because he died and his tomb is here in Jerusalem and his body did DK so when he said you won't allow your holy one to see decay.
Peter said he wasn't talking about himself.
He was talking about the son of David, the ancestor of David Jesus the Messiah who did not see decay.
He was in a tomb, and rose again so he quotes Psalm 16 still you don't have three days. Jesus himself goes back to the book of Jonah and announces beforehand, for as Jonah was in the belly of the whale or the great fish three days and three nights. The Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days free, not so Jesus points to Jonah. However, there's nothing in Jonah that announces the burial and residing of Jesus or the Messiah in the tomb for three days prior to a resurrection, but interesting in the prophet Hosea Hosea said that God spoke through the prophets in similitude or in parables, so that's why we believe and we know that there are types in the Old Testament that are fulfilled in the new facility may throw something out at you in Genesis chapter 22. There is a story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac or almost sacrificing Isaac because the Lord to take now your signed, your only son Isaac to a place that I will show you a mountain that I will show you the mountain of Mariah and you will sacrificing there for me that's interesting wording because Abraham didn't have a single son and only son. He had two sons. He had Ishmael and then he had Isaac. So when God said, take now your son, your only son Isaac. Abraham to set up pardon me God. First of all your premises all wrong. I have two sons.
Not one, but the point is God didn't recognize the son of the flesh, the work of the flesh, only recognize the son of promise, Isaac, but the wording is interesting. Take your only son sounds a lot like John 316 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son take now your son, your only son, whom you love the very first time the word is low of love is used in the Bible its use there in Genesis chapter 22 and it's remarkable because the first time in the Bible the word love is used its use of a father sacrificing his only begotten son on a certain mountain. The mountain of Mariah. Fast forward a few thousand years Jesus was crucified on Calvary golf with Mount Moriah.
Okay, so Abraham goes pop use down and had run.
He goes toward Mount Moriah, which would become Jerusalem eventually and he sees amount of offices on the third day Abraham looked up and saw the mountain that he was sacrifice his son. What is that mean it means that for three days.
Isaac was dead in the mind of Abraham, take your son, your only son and kill him and he said okay I'll do it. So he's taking his son any travels to Mariah for three days or three days his son was dead to him. He knew that he was going to kill his son but Abraham had a little bit of a quandary did need because God promised him that true that son Isaac. All of the promises of God would be fulfilled throughout history. So if I tell them how is God can fulfill the promise will the book of Hebrews answers that question.
It says Abraham by faith took his son Isaac to sacrifice him, supposing that God could and would raise him from the dead. So he's taking his son. His son is dead to him and for three days he takes his son he's going to follow through. Is he has the knife lifted up, but by faith.
He believes on the kill my son and God's been resurrected so he goes his senses. Dad got the wood got the fire. Where's the sacrifice listen to the answer of Abraham. My son, God will provide himself a sacrifice not provide for himself as a God will provide himself sacrifice many says in the mountain of the Lord, it shall be seen. I was a prophet prediction in the mountain of the Lord Mount Moriah dog at the Calvary it was seen so once again back to first Corinthians 15 he was he died. He was buried according to the Scripture. He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, plural. So line of evidence. Number one, the resurrection of Jesus Christ saved people in Corinth. Number two the prediction of the Scripture. Evidence number three post-resurrection appearances, Jesus appeared to people after he had risen verse five and he was seen by Cephas that is Peter then by the 12. After that, he was seen by over 500 brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep fallen asleep his euphemism for death because the corpse looks like it's sleeping. It's a nice way of saying they'd they kicked the bucket, they died in a we say will often say they passed on. We want to soften like it. Whatever happens on so he he died.
But if we say oh he passed on. For some reason that's okay that's better than if he does that. Yet he he cart.
He's dead. You know he's he's he's horizontal room temperature. You know we we we have to soften and be nice so they they did to the fallen asleep and in verse seven. After that, he was seen by James, then by all the apostles now that's eyewitness testimony.
Post-resurrection appearance eyewitness testimony. If 500 people in Albuquerque saw somebody commit a crime if you have that many eyewitnesses will 512 and then 13 mean that you be at all these out that that's a sizable group for eyewitness testimony in a court of law anywhere in the world. Eyewitness testimony is the most powerful line of evidence. So if you have 500 and so many people seeing a crime committed in Albuquerque.
Do you think the person would would suffer the consequences go to jail or well maybe given our climate. Today we might side with poor victim you notice got bit by a cat when he was 10 and you can't blame them for that. But in in normal, sane times, yes, eyewitness testimony would be enough to seal the deal but but look at these post-resurrection appearances. He was seen by Cephas member Jesus thought that it was important that he had a special meeting with Peter after the resurrection. Peter do you love me, he asked him three times. He was restoring the apostle who fell so he was seen by Cephas, then by the 12th, Jesus appeared to his disciples on the night of the resurrection, and he had been walking on the road to Emmaus that evening. He appeared just appeared in the room in his resurrected body to his disciples and said, peace, shalom and E saw them there when they were gathered together in the upper room that he was seen by over 500. Once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have died but out of that group.
There still around to tell the story. After that, he was seen by James thereto apostles that are named James there's James the brother of John the son of Zebedee they were in the fishing business together. One of the close associates of Jesus, Peter, James and John were often with Jesus. When the others weren't that special axis access. There was also James the son of Alpheus who was one of the apostles.
I don't believe either of them is the James Paul is talking about. I believe the James that Paul is talking about is James the half-brother of Jesus, who became the head.
The leader of the early church in Jerusalem. In acts chapter 15 so Jesus was born of a virgin, conceived in the womb of Mary after Jesus was born Mary and Joseph a normal physical relations produce children. Jesus had brothers and sisters, half-brother, stepsisters, one of them was named James. James did not believe in Jesus.
John chapter 7 is as his brothers did not believe in him that they chided him to go to go to the show yourself. Nobody does these things in secret and approve who you are because the footnote John says is that his brothers even his brothers did not believe so, when did James believe when did he get converted right here, the resurrection, Jesus showed up. Hey Jimmy boy. After the resurrection. He showed himself to James, and I believe it was the resurrection that brought the conversion of his half-brother so he was seen by James, then by all of the apostles. Then, last of all, he was seen by me also. So this is the fourth line of evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. All set. I saw him as well and he was the last to see him was on the road to Damascus post-resurrection and post-ascension, Jesus had Artie ascended into heaven, and yet he makes an appearance, a special appearance to Saul of Tarsus who becomes Paul the apostle Paul said, I saw the resurrected Christ.
He looked up and he saw the bright light. He said who are you, Lord, not knowing it was Jesus because he didn't expect the resurrection. He didn't believe Jesus rose he believed Jesus was dead and buried in decaying in a tomb in Jerusalem and he was out to hunt down and persecute maybe kill, but at least in prison. Believers who had gone from Jerusalem to Damascus.
He was hunting them down because he said this is stupid. There believe in, and a guy who died he's not risen from the dead sources, who are you and the Lord answered, I am Jesus. What you are Jesus like you're still around.
I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. Now he realized he's alive, so he appeared to me also, as one born out of due time when it fascinating description of himself.
I was born just a little too late to be in the original lineup of the 12 may be long-winded and great to have known him in the flesh, and to be discipled by him like those others for 3 1/2 years.
I was born out of due time, for I am the least of the apostles were not worried. It is worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. There is really no reason why Saul of Tarsus should be converted, he was a violent oppressor and a violent unbeliever, but he was converted radically because of the resurrection. So Polly pulled it out because I have a personal stake in this. I saw him interesting. There was a lawyer years ago in Frank Morrison who made the statement.
He said he was an unbelieving attorney at the time and date you know you get an unbelieving attorney and that's a force to be reckoned with. I know we have some attorneys in the room tonight so I'm glad you're saved and and I hope you like me but Frank Morrison said there are two things that must be addressed to overturn the credibility of Christianity.
Number one is the resurrection of Jesus. And number two is the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. Those two things if you can overturn the credibility of the resurrection and the conversion of solid chart you can explain those two radical things you could overturn Christianity was an unbeliever, and he sought to do exactly that to research. He was good he was determined I minute debunked Christianity once and for all. Their idea of the resurrection. That has to be done.
Conversion of Saul has to be done in the process of his research, he became converted he gave his life to Jesus and the name of this book that he was going that he was going to write this book, proving that it didn't happen, but he now wrote the book.
After that, called who moved the stone and it's a book on his discovery that Jesus is indeed who we claim to be in his journey of faith in trying in compiling the evidence trying to overturn the resurrection and conversion of Saul. He said I couldn't do it.
I was faced with the evidence and now I either had to put it out of my mind walk away or respond to it and it I decided to respond to and he was saved converted so happen to me. I saw him. The apostle born out of due time, for I'm least of all the apostles.
I persecuted the church of God. But I love this part, but by the grace of God I am what I am now is an apostle.
Now he's a representative. Now he's is saved teacher of truth, preacher of the gospel, by the grace of God and let me just say you heard it tonight and or exhortation worship the grace of God is what makes all the difference. And no matter who you are what you done where you've come from, apply the grace of God to your life. Everything changes everything changes everything is different. All things are possible if anyone is in Christ is a new creation. All things are passed away. All things become new. By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. But I labored more abundantly than they all get.
He's kinda same than the other guy the other apostles, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me complete Skip tactics message series expound first Corinthians who Skip to share.
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