Belief. Do you believe Jesus died and rose from the dead? A lawyer named Frank Morison was determined to disprove evidence for the resurrection. He believed Jesus lived a wonderful life, but he saw the Resurrection as more a fable passed down from generations. His plan was to write a logical, well-thought out argument against the Resurrection. But as he studied, something happened. When he approached the fact, looked at them in a legal manner – methodically and carefully. He changed his mind. He eventually wrote a Best-Seller called “Who Moved the Stone?”, filled with pages of evidence for Christ’s resurrection. The very thing he set out to refute. Instead he wrote a book with the 1st chapter aptly named “The Book that Refused to be Written”. He went from unbelief to BELIEF. (Paraphrase from “More Than a Carpenter” by McDowell)
Live With Purpose – I Corinthians 15:12-14. We have a message – Not a lie, but a message of a loving, living Savior. We can have faith – Paul declared that without the resurrection of Jesus, the faith they held was not good for anything. Now it’s good for everything. We can live forgiven – With the resurrection of Jesus there is reconciliation. We can live with a future in mind – Our future is bright…for all eternity.
Live with Hope – I Corinthians 15:16-19. Maybe there is a job you hope to have someday? Because you believe it can happen…and that gives you motivation to show up to work on time, work hard, perform well…or maybe study well for a degree. You can’t see what job you will have someday but you strive for it and you hang on to the hope of it. Eternity, you cannot see, but you have hope of attaining it one day if you trust in Jesus…and because of the resurrection, there is hope. Because of that hope, you can live another day, work hard for the cause of Christ…because one day you will attain eternal life. What hope that is.
Live with New Life – I Corinthians 15:20-23. Guarantee. You ever taken back an item that said “lifetime guarantee”? And then the person at the register or over the phone asks you to get your magnifying glass out to read the fine print that has lists all the things the guarantee doesn’t include. You see, it has exceptions. Not eternal life. The “firstfruit” here refers to the 1st part of the harvest that was put in the storehouse. So Jesus represents the 1st to be resurrected, and those that believe in Him will follow Him someday…Not many things are guaranteed in this life…but God gives us the guarantee of eternal life through faith in Jesus…the resurrected Savior.
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