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Resurrection: Hoax or Hope?, Part 2

Insight for Living / Chuck Swindoll
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April 15, 2022 7:05 am

Resurrection: Hoax or Hope?, Part 2

Insight for Living / Chuck Swindoll

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Is the resurrection of Jesus Christ hoax. All portable Christ has been raised in one raise is the first great harvest all your Christ raised to with him. It's an honest question and it demands an answer was the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a literal event was Easter nothing more than the wishful thinking of those who knew and loved Jesus today on Insight for living. Chuck Swindoll presents a compelling message for both doubters and believers alike.

He raises a legitimate issue about the authenticity of the resurrection.

Let's pick up the study that started with the last program beginning in first Corinthians chapter 50 be thinking about how you would respond to this all-important question was the resurrection of Jesus. Hoax was Easter. Our only hope those that were part of church that Paul had found that still doubted there would be a resurrection and 14 through 19. If you will.

I think of a stack of dominoes on there in 12345677 right here in these verses.

If there is no resurrection, then this is the result.

Verse 13 for there is no resurrection of the dead Domino number one, then Christ has not been raised, Domino number two. Keep reading and if Christ has not been raised that all our preaching is useless and it's it's all empty message. Nothing to it. Domino number three, then all our preaching is useless and your faith is useless.

The fourth Domino look at we been lied to by those we trusted verse 15 what it says and we apostles would all be lying about God. For we have said that God raised Christ from the dead, but that can't be true. All false hoax that can be trusted there all a pack of liars number five the next verse 15 we apostles would all be lying about God. If we said that he been raised and he hasn't been now 17 and if Christ has not been raised in your faith is useless and on and you are still guilty of your sin, you not been cleansed from within another new creature in Christ gets downright personal look at this sixth one right here. Verse 18 all dead believers are lost forever. We could do for yourself.

Verse 18, all who have died believing in Christ are lost.

Think of is your blood and lost all their all lost but God lost, there's no future for them. There's one more put a catch in your throat. Look at verse 19. You are hoping Christ is only for this life we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world totally a hoax. The Christian life is a pathetic cruel joke we've gathered in vain and we have done so throughout this generation in all generations before all Christians who died living with terminal diseases, anticipating a change in healing and hope no my dear sister struggled with dementia toward the end of her life.

The like sort of went out, she would been the life of the party and we all hung on to the hope that will change soon as you breathe your last, there's no change there's no how about those Christians killed in random shootings freeze that it happened around our country.

Some of them believers wonderful, no hope for future for them after death about the godly men and women who perished in 9/11 and the towers in the planes about the ships at sea that were blown apart bodies scattered. They just died so all a hoax.

What if now the good news and I'm so grateful to chapter as amended verse 19 puts all those dominoes off the table and look at the verbal about-face that Paul makes in verse 20, but in fact I love the way you said you're right. But in fact emerge from the hypothetical to the actual from the what is to the what is in fact these few words are like a huge hinge on a massive door reason and his thoughts swinging on those words, but in fact that one of all thoughts of a hoax. Now he bears that stylus down on that piece of parchment and writes Christ has been raised.

Don't let anyone tell you any different. He has been raise, Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and he was buried to prove that he died, Christ has been raised according to the Scriptures, and he has been seen to prove that he is been raised as those who go over the hypothetical and make up a story of a hoax claim that those appearances that he made so-called appearances were really hallucination little time little trouble when they get to bed verse that says he appeared to 500. Once 500 hallucination's. I don't think so Christ was raised. He says no equivocation. Christ has been right, but isn't through stay with the verse. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of the great harvest of all who have died there.

We are the second marvelous part of this resurrection message. Not only is Christ raised, but we too are raised with him. How does that work. Keep reading Paul's writing followed through explaining what he just says verse 21. So you see likely says that like teaching your class so you see, just as death came into the world through a man who would that be obviously Adam therefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin.

So death passed upon all for all have sinned, we get the gift package by being born were connected to Adam at the hip. It comes automatically with our birth you choose to belong to Adam, you are Adamic as you go back far enough in your humanity links you to him and that links you to death.

No death usually disturbs people about the true fact, psychologists tell us the one place most people can never envision themselves is in a casket we attend a funeral. We love the one who is died and we are there to honor that person at that memorial, but not going to be there lately. You will one wag put it really well.

He said the statistics on death are very impressive one out of one diets you're gonna die. I'm gonna die, our brain will go flat our breath. Our heart will no longer be will wind up somehow in the two integrative cremated or whatever were the owners because were linked to Adam just a little beyond that, unless of course again, you read on.

Keep reading. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man know you're the good news. Now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, not Adam, this other man is Jesus look at it. How do I know that my favorite line. Keep reading verse 22. Just as everyone dies, because we all belong to Adam. Everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life so think of it as a parenthesis at birth. We pick up Adam's disease sin and with sin death, death, tonsils, all through our lives.

Some die younger son died middle-age. Some guy older some valiant tragic death. Some live long lives and die of old age we say, but death follows us. However, during this parenthesis we have the marvelous opportunity to make a choice because you see, we belong to Christ, not by birth into this world, but by choice, crucial part of this message. Most of never heard this most believe there is no resurrection somewhere they get around the fear of death. We just died and were gone on to believe it, that soul that is within you is eternal. We all have eternal life. We just don't all have the same destination where we will spend eternity. It depends on the choices we make within the parentheses. It's all about Christ and what you do with Jesus. And when you believe in Jesus. He promises that you will have not only a new kind of life on earth. Forgiveness, joy, relief, hope assurance.

The promise of life after death with him but like my sister when she passed absent from the body at home with the Lord healed filled with hope. Joyful, enjoying the presence of the Savior. Why, because in her life she trusted in Christ John Bunyan who wrote the magnificent Pilgrim's progress. Put it so well with Christian, who has been walking through life with his pack on his back, which is a picture of sin connected to him, and he makes his way to the narrow gate and auto to the top of this precipice, and he looks across it.

He sees CEC's across and he sees an empty tomb.

Bunyan writes thus Florida.com burdened with my sin, laden with my sin, nor put on ease the grief that I was in till I came hither was here and be the beginning of my beliefs muster the burden fall from off my back was here the strings that bounded to be correct blessed cross blessed sepulcher blessed rather be the man put to shame for me, for you for us his father's hope for death doesn't end anything it transitions us from time to eternity. Talk about a promise of hope in Christ.

That is our hope makes no difference how you die, but when you do if you have made that choice in life you have hope. Now and it will become a reality.

Then every week I spend some of my time reading messages from people who write often those messages come through our insight for living ministry as people have read something of written work heard something of said and they just want to write me. Many of them say, I'm sure you'll never read this welded be surprised. I read a lot of them. Not long ago I read this very moving letter brief touching dear Chuck, our 18-year-old son died by suicide last year on March 19 so the beginning of spring March 20 has become a day of renewed hope. Don't miss that word should use it several times a day of renewed hope we have made it through the year I've learned when someone chooses suicide. The felt hopeless and helpless in your blog insight for today which you titled hope revived.

It reminded me that God is always near.

He cares about me and and my family and revives our home again and again hope of seeing our son again hope for the family to heal your last words both comforted and broke my heart. You wrote, inevitably spring follows winter every year. Yes, including this would and she finishes her note with a simple thank you.

I couldn't have written about hope. If there were no resurrection. I would add my voice to the empty cries of those who grieve. Having never trusted in the Savior. Wondering where there loved ones gone, that maybe you you may have lost a friend, family member, someone near and dear to you, just as I have recently without the hope in Christ life is a bitter time of existence that finishes like a dead industry to know we have a message that is greater than that you can enter into it. By trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as your own Savior.

When you bow with me right where you are, just bow your head close your eyes meet along with your own soul if there is never limited time in your life when you have made the choice to take the gift of eternal life but God offers his son Jesus. This is the moment to take that gift, receive him now and you will know the joy of all your sins forgiven and the promise of an eternal home with him and with those around you today who love the Savior trust in him. Now then connect with us, that we might help you make that decision. Continue on through the rest of your life as you enter into a whole new world called the Christian way of life, which is not a hoax.

It's a hope must separately as we end with a joyful declaration once again we declare, before the Lord our God, he is risen he is risen he is risen and in the direction we can sing joy you're listening to a very special edition of insight for living and to learn more about Chuck in this ministry. Visit us online@insightworld.org will Chuck is prepared us for Easter. As Christians around the world celebrate our risen Lord. I'm especially mindful of the countless Christians in and from Ukraine who were spending Easter with unwanted circumstances and so let me remind you that for many years insight for living has been speaking into this part of the world we done so through Chuck's Bible teaching translated into languages such as Polish and Romanian.

These ministries are part of our long-range strategic plan to make disciples for Jesus Christ in all 195 countries of the world we call it vision 195 we just never know how God might use these daily programs to touch lives and I like to encourage you with the recent note that read Pastor Chuck my husband's most favorite Bible teacher back in the he loved your Bible studies on the radio. He passed away in 1994 and is with the Lord today. I am 84 years old and I'm secure in the knowledge that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord I thank God for the many many people whom you have blessed over the years with his word moments like these are made possible because loyal friends like you support insight for living.

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