August 25, 2019 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1917
#2 in series
The Foundational Truth of the Resurrection
Everything in our world seems to be broken, falling apart, and unraveling, and many churches seem like ships without a rudder. We must not forget that our God is unshakable. His promises are true and trustworthy. His power to reach into our lives and our churches is limitless. In a day when there is constant change in every area of life, He remains the same yesterday, today, and forever – UNSHAKABLE. The Word of God is the unchanging, authoritative foundation for our lives.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. We nd his account of the resurrection in chapter 24. Luke gives great attention to details.
- Chapter 23 focuses on the death of Christ.
- Chapter 24 focuses on the resurrection.
I. WHERE’S THE EVIDENCE?
All three stories in chapter 24 follow the same formula:
1) A group of disciples are confused, perplexed, and frightened.
2) A messenger (angels or Jesus Himself) shows up and rebukes them, then enlightens them.
3) The disciples’ mind set moves from confusion to courage. They want to share the good news with others.
A) The Visit to the Empty Tomb
Liberal theologians and skeptics have suggested:
- They went to the wrong tomb.
- The body had been stolen
- Jesus wasn't really dead. He came to, regained his strength, and got out of the tomb.
B) Christ’s Visit on the Road to Emmaus
C) The Disciples in the Upper Room
Notice what Jesus did on this Sunday:
II. WHY DOES IT MATTER?
“The resurrection is the first and last and dominating element in the Christian consciousness of the New Testament.” – James Denney
“At the resurrection, Christ's real self, including His divine nature and His immaterial human nature, were joined to a new, immortal, incorruptible body forever.” – Robert G. Gromacki
What is the evidence of the resurrection?