Just the Beginning (Easter 2022)

STEVE McKENZIE   -  

April 17, 2022

Mark 16:1-8

TRUTH OF THE RESURRECTION

  • While there are numerous theories attempting to say that Jesus did not really rise from the dead, the historical evidence clearly shows no other explanation.
  • Confirmed Death (John 19:33-34) – Jesus din’t just passed out unconscious from the pain.
  • Known Tomb (Matthew 27:57-58) – Jesus’ dead body was placed in a known tomb, not some unmarked and unknown grave.
  • Known Location (Mark 15:47) – people didn’t accidentally go to the wrong location because they saw where the body was laid to rest.
  • Guarded Location (Matthew 27:63-65) – the disciples couldn’t have stolen the body because 16 well-trained Roman Soldiers were guarding the location.
 WHY THE RESURRECTION MATTERS
  • The resurrection is our hope and joy for all eternity (1 Corinthians 15:14-17)
  • Without the resurrection:
    • The gospel has no power
    • Your faith is useless
    • Your sins aren’t forgiven.
  • Because Jesus rose:
    • We have hope in death (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)
    • We have power in life (Romans 6:3-4)

APPLICATION

  • If not yet a follower of Jesus
    • Text the word ‘Jesus’ to (833) 250-9110
    • You will receive a text message each day for the next 5-days to help you learn why the gospel is good news.
  • If now a follower of Jesus
    • Celebrating communion today.