April 15, 2001
The Greatest Event in the History of the World:
the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Dead
Hebrews 2:9-10, 14-18
II Cor. 4:6-7a
Ps. 90:9b - “we spend our years as a tale that is told”
A sudden accident, a few hours of disease - all is gone!
Pain is the red flag of reality to a rebellious spirit.
The wise woman of Tekoah - II Samuel 14:14
v. 1 - “first day of the week” - “Mary Magdalene”
“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning
thereof” - Eccl. 7:8a
v. 9 - ???? - Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, Psalm 16:8-11
Job 19:25-25 14:13-15
Acts 26:7-8 - “King Agrippa”......... Why should it be
thought a thing incredible with you, that God
should raise the dead?”
I Cor. 15:35-38, 42-58
v. 50 - Romans 8:5-8
I Thess. 4:14-18
I John 3:1-3
Matt. 8:11-12 - To some the Door to Heaven is closed
by seven seals:
Materialism - matter the only fundamental reality &
can explain everything.
Agnosticism - unknown & unknowable
Dogmatism - arrogant ideas based on insufficiently
Scientism - exaggerated trust in natural science to
explain the meaning of the cosmos
Worldliness - devoted to pursuits in this world rather
than the next
This whole school might have rambled around the Garden
with trowel and spectacles and would never have seen an
angel or the risen Christ.
Thank God, some saw and they have revolutionized the
Back to Luke 24
v. 13 - Angelic wonder at human unbelief -
Over 300 OT prophecies, 321 NT prophecies
Odds/Water - the odds of these prophecies coming true
are in ratio to one drop of all the drops of water in the world.
v. 15 - first words to console human weeping over
the most irremediable of human sorrows -
The beginning of the fulfillment of promise “to wipe
away tears from all eyes” - Is. 25:8
v. 17 - “my brethren” - new name dearer than
slaves, servants, disciples, ministers,
v. 19 - Christ’s new body - different from the one
with the five senses -
Additional senses acquired!! of which we have no
conception or experience.
He could eat, had flesh & bones, a voice but a higher
order of being than crosses the field of scientific vision.
v. 20 - “Then were the disciples glad when they saw
the Lord” -
Ps. 110:3, 141:7-8,
I Peter 3:18-20 Isaiah 9:2
v. 28 - “My Lord and My God” -
v. 29 - Beatitude - I Peter 1:8-9
Jesus’ words ring loud and true to us - “O foolish and
dull of heart not to believe all that the prophets
have spoken” - Also, now the Holy Spirit’s witness!
Our departed friends and loved ones lives are a part of the
harvest of which the Risen Redeemer was the first fruits -
The bright hope of personal immortality!
The summer is ended, the harvest is past and we are not saved!