Easter 2019 – The Resurrection: Much More Than Just A Doctrine
Millions of people around the world celebrate Easter every year. Christians specifically celebrate Easter as a day to remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion on a Roman cross. And the resurrection itself is very good news. Jesus was killed. He was dead. No breath. No heartbeat. No more life! He was in a sealed tomb from Friday evening until early Sunday morning. AND THEN, HE WASN’T!
Some strange things happened that Easter morning. An earthquake. An angel comes and rolls the large stone aside, breaking the seal that had been put there to prevent Jesus disciples from coming and potentially stealing his dead body but claiming that he’d risen from death. Sure enough when they went inside to check it out, the only thing left was some white linen grave clothes. Jesus was gone. Over the coming days and weeks, Jesus appeared to numerous women and men in various places. He appeared to his disciples. In another appearance, Jesus was seen by more than 500 eye-witnesses. LOTS of people testified to have seen, spoken with, eaten with the risen Christ. And it is amazing.
But it more than merely an important doctrine of the church: Jesus Christ was raised from the dead on the third day. But, the resurrection has profound and momentous implications to everything else that Christianity claims. If Jesus was not raised from the dead, then the rest of the claims of Christianity have no merit. In this sermon we’ll explore the story in more detail and look at why the resurrection is so much more than just a doctrine!