1 Corinthians 15:1-4
- The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. (Rom. 1:16). It is the only thing we are authorized to preach (Mark 16:15; Gal. 1:8).
- Our text sets before us three of the most meaningful events in all of history. They embrace facts that must be believed if we are going to be saved.
- Without further comment, we now examine these facts.
Christ Died For Our Sins.
- Did Jesus really die on a Roman cross? The Jews clamored for His death (Matt. 27:22). The Roman’s made sure that He was dead (Deut. 21:23; John 19:31-33).
- “For” (Gk. Huper- for the sake of) our sins. He died in our place, fulfilling prophecy (Isa. 53: 4-6; 2 Cor. 5:21).
The cross is enough to tell us how awful sin really is; and that sin can cause our souls to be lost eternally (John 8:21, 24).
Christ Was Buried.
- We will always remember with gratitude the care Joseph and Nicodemus gave to the body of our Lord (Matt. 27: 58-60; John 19:40-42.)
- His prophecy of His own resurrection caused great precautions to be taken (Matt. 27:62-66).
- The tombs of other great men can be located; and they are visited with regularity. But NOT so with the tomb of our Lord. Tour guides only guess to satisfy curiosity.
Christ Was Raised On The Third Day.
- The great discovery on that Sunday morning. The women came; Mary Magdalene; Peter and John.
- How else can we explain the boldness of the apostles and the conversion of Saul of Tarsus? They were witnesses!
- The resurrection of Christ is of great importance.
- If it did not take place: our preaching is worthless; our faith is empty; the apostles were false teachers; we are all in our sins; of all men, we are most miserable; and Satan has won! (See: 1 Cor. 15:14-26).
- The Son-ship and Lordship of Jesus rests on this great fact (John 20:30, 31; Rom. 1:4; John 20:28; Acts 2:32-36; Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22, 23).
- The resurrection of Christ has great meaning for the church, our day of gathering, and our worship (Rev. 1:10; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29; 16:1, 2).
- The resurrection of Christ has great meaning as to how we enter the church and live the Christian life (Rom. 6:3, 4; Col. 2: 12; Col. 3:1).
- The resurrection of Christ assures us of our own resurrection and hope of heaven (John 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:20; 1 Pet. 1:3, 4).
- As these are “facts” to be believed; the gospel also has commands to be obeyed. 16:16; Acts 2:38.
- Have you followed that “form of doctrine” (Rom. 6:1-6)? It must be done to become “a servant of righteousness.”