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The Resurrection

April 21, 2019 Preacher: Pastor Pete Hoglund Series: Stand Alone Message

Topic: Theology & Doctrine Scripture: Mark 16:1–16:16


Mark 16:1-16

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring time.” Martin Luther

It is no secret that for the Christian, the physical resurrection of Christ is the watershed moment. As the Apostle Paul say’s “If Christ has not been raised our preaching is useless, our faith is useless and futile and we are still in our sins. (1 For 15:14,17).

As Mary, Mary and Salome made their way to the tomb after the Sabbath was over, although Jesus had told them repeatedly that He would suffer and rise, they went to anoint his dead body with spices. Much to their shock and surprise they found the stone rolled away, the tomb empty and a heavenly visitor sitting in Jesus’ place. The divine and history-changing announcement was made and the ladies fled in fear and amazement. Multiple attempts were made to tell the disciples but all failed until Jesus himself stood among them rebuking them for their lack of faith and stubborn hearts. (Mark 16:1-16).

“In the beginning God” The Creator of the universe made the laws and nature folds at His command. He determines the laws of science and physics in order to accomplish His plan for Creation and Redemption. It was God’s will to sacrifice His Son, to shed Jesus blood to atone for our sin. It was God’s will to raise Him from the dead to declare us righteous in His sight (Romans 4:25). Because of God’s great power and love we worship Him, the God of the resurrection (Colossians 1:21-23).

Although the death of Christ gets more attention today, the Church at its inception was more concerned about proclaiming the resurrection than the death of Christ. Both are important but the death of Christ is not the end of the story. We are to be the people of the resurrection. (Acts 17:18; Romans 10:9). We are to be the Church proclaims the resurrection, as it is the pivotal issue to our hope and faith as we await our heavenly citizenship (Philippians 3:18-21).

Will you worship God by trusting that Jesus is who He said he is: the Son of God, died on the cross, rose from the dead to set you free from sin and death?

Will you be a person who exhibits resurrection living by your life and speech?

Church, will you daily proclaim and witness that Jesus rose from the dead?

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