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Its Resurrection Sunday and we are going to continue to  move through a series titled “The Centrality of the Cross.”

Today is part 7 The Resurrection of Christ and Our Great Salvation.


Hebrews 7:24-25 (ESV)

24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 

25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Scripture Reading

1 Corinthians 15:1-5 (ESV)

The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 

2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 

4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 

5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

1 Corinthians 15:12-20 (ESV)

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 

13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 

14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 

15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 

16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 

17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 

18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 

19 If in Christ we have hope[a] in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.


Father, our hearts rejoice today because of the greatness of your love and because of the wonders of your power.

We come today eager to respond to your love, wisdom, and power with faith and obedience.

We worship you with our hearts and praise you with our lips.

We come bringing tithes and offerings, asking that your blessing be on them to the level that others will come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

It is in Jesus name we pray.



If Jesus had not conquered death and the grave, we would not be in this worship service today.

Christianity is the faith that claims a living founder.

His disciples come together regularly for Bible study, prayer, and worship to experience His living presence in their midst.

Matthew 18:20 (ESV)

20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Christianity is not just good advice, it is good news from a cemetery.

It is good news about God for sinners everywhere.

To miss this point is to miss the heart of the Gospel.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ not only makes possible our great salvation, but it also makes it certain, Hebrews 7:25 (ESV) says

25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

It is interesting to note how this verse is translated in some Bible translations.

The good news translation is “And so he is able, now and always, to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead with God for them.”

This means that He can fully and completely save those that approach God through Him, for He is always living to intercede on their behalf.

These inspired words affirm both the ability and the determination of the living Christ to fully save those who come to God through Him.

This possibility is based solidly on the fact of His conquest of sin, death, and the grave.

He will abide forever as our living High Priest in the presence of the Father.

It would be a very dark assumption for humanity to assume that Jesus did not rise from the dead, Paul discusses this in his letter to the believers in Corinth.

  1. If Jesus Christ is not risen, the church has no message for a lost world. (1 Corinthians 15:14)

2. If Jesus Christ is not risen, Christians have nothing to believe. (1 Corinthians 15:14)

3. If Jesus Christ is not risen, the apostles and subsequent preachers have misrepresented God as having raised Jesus Christ. (15:15)

4. If Jesus Christ is not risen, you faith is an empty, worthless shell. (15:17)

Have you ever picked up a peanut and expected it to have a nut inside only to find it was an empty shell?

That is the picture of your faith if Jesus Christ is not risen.

5. If Jesus Christ is not risen, you are still guilty and under the condemnation that results from sin.

6. If Jesus Christ is not risen, those believers who died with faith in Jesus have perished (15:18)

They are gone forever, and we will never see them again, If Jesus Christ is not risen.

7. If Jesus Christ is not risen, we are very sad creatures. Because we have built our lives on an illusion.

Thank God that the worlds blackest assumption is a falsehood, because in fact Jesus Christ has gloriously risen from the dead.

The empty tomb declared to Jesus’ disciples, the Jewish leaders, and the Roman authorities that something had happened to the body that had been buried there.

It was the repeated appearances of the risen Christ that completely transformed  the hearts and lives of the apostles.

They became flaming evangelists of the good news that the penalty of sin had been paid, death had been conquered, and Jesus Christ is alive.

The risen Christ appeared to His disciples at least ten different times.

The awesome truth of His resurrection gave them a message of hope for a world that was facing despair.

Like the sound of a thousand trumpets, the apostles went out to proclaim that Jesus Christ is alive.

This wasn’t a figment of their imagination.

It was no illusion under which they laboured.

It was no mirage for which they died.

  1. The resurrection vindicates Jesus of Nazareth as God’s unique Son. 

Romans 1:4 (ESV)

4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

Before His resurrection the apostles believed Jesus to be the Son of God.

Following His resurrection and many appearances to them, they knew He was the Son of God to the extent that they put their lives on the line to tell others of His saving grace.

Jesus’ resurrection proved that His crucifixion was a revelation of divine grace and love for sinners.

When Jesus was crucified,  the apostles considered is a personal catastrophe. 

Their leader was in public disgrace.

For all of them it was a tragic political disappointment. 

Only through the doorway of an empty tomb from which Jesus had been raised could God reveal that His Son’s death on the cross was a revelation of His great love for sinners.

Christ’s crucifixion demonstrated God’s boundless love for unworthy sinners.

This love is not something we can buy or earn.

It is God’s free gift.

So many people desperately need to be told about the greatness of this love.

Without being aware of it, many people go to church and work towards seeking forgiveness for their sins, often they are sincere but misguided.

They are seeking to earn something that cannot be earned and make atonement for sin that has already been atoned for in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

2. The resurrection enabled Jesus to intercede for us in God’s presence.

The beloved apostle John mentioned this fact when he wrote to encourage his spiritual children to avoid living in sin in 1 John 2:1-2 (ESV)

He talks of Christ Our Advocate

2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 

2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

The author of Hebrews wrote of Christ as a mediator who acts on our behalf in Hebrews 9:24 (ESV)

24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

The writer then further asserts that Christ has offered Himself and continues to offer His sacrificial death as an atonement for the sins of those who accept Him as Lord and Saviour in Hebrews 10:10-14 (ESV)

10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 

12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 

13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 

14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

It is by Christ’s victorious resurrection from the dead that His ministry of intercession is made possible.

He is able to be our Saviour from the penalty of sin, from the practice of sin, and eventually from the very presence of sin because He is a living saviour.

3. The resurrection gave believers a living Lord and companion for the road of life.

Jesus is much more than an inspirational memory of one who lived in the past.

In the forty days between His resurrection and ascension, He gave the disciples many indisputable proofs that He had compared death and the grave.

Acts 1:3 (ESV) says 

3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

He repeatedly encouraged them to wait for as precious gift from the Father God.

Acts 1:4-5 (ESV)

4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 

5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

In the Gospel of the Spirit, as the Gospel of John is sometimes called, Jesus had promised at a time when His disciples could not fully understand His words, in John 14:18 (ESV)

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

He was to fulfil His promise on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit would come to reside in the church.

  1. With Peter, we should hear Jesus saying, “Follow me” 

John 21:22 (ESV)

22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

B. With the disciples who were present on the mountain top, we should hear Jesus giving a divine mandate.

Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

C. We should hear Jesus make a promise to those who give themselves in obedience to His command.

He promised His abiding presence, saying in Matthew 28:20 (ESV)

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Let me assure you, Jesus Christ is gloriously alive.

He is standing at your hearts door eager to bring God’s blessings into your life.

Revelation 3:20 (ESV) clearly says.

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Let Him come in.

Let Him go with you along the pathway of life.

Walk with Him as He leads you in meaningful living and significant service.

Jesus is alive!


Until next time

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