The Resurrection of Jesus


The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans 16:16)





1.  Never was there a day like the day of the resurrection.

               a.  Not ever before had there been such a marvelous happening,

               b.  such a tremendously important occurrence.

2.  No man can completely appreciate the significance of this singular event.

               a.  Actually, no man can fully describe it.

               b.  It reaches from the Garden of Eden all the way to Heaven.

3.  It is involved in all that we do or don't do.

               a.  It is the main event in every human performance,

               b.  even those where its importance is not appreciated.

4.  The New Testament writers, most of whom were witnesses to it,

               a.  treat it beautifully,

               b.  but in such few words that we are left wondering about many things.

5.  By sharing the resurrection account with you,

               a.  we hope that your faith will increase and that you will gain

               b.  a better understanding of the events of the resurrection

               c.  and how God's plan was executed perfectly.

6.  So let’s start our lesson with an illustration.




1.   What would you do if you were a high school football player

a.  whose coach sent in a play, which called for you to run the ball

b.  to your opponent's end zone and score for the other team?

c.  It has happened!

2.  With 7 seconds left in the game, Tishimingo High School

               a.  was leading Falkner High School, 16-14.

               b.  At stake was a birth in Mississippi's 1988-state class 1A playoffs.

3.  Tishimingo had the ball on Falkner's 40-yard line.

               a.  All they had to do was run out the clock on the next play,

               b.  and they would win the game by two points.

4.  Coach David Herbert sent in a play to his son

               a.  and the team's quarterback, Dave Herbert.

               b.  The play called for a handoff to tailback Shane Hill

               c.  and for him to run as fast as he could

               d.  for the other teams end zone and score.

5.  "Your daddy must be crazy!" protested one of the tackles.

               a.  So, while the argument went on in the team's huddle,

               b.  a delay-of-game penalty was called on Tishimingo.

6.  Finally, the players submitted to the coaches instructions.

               a.  The team lined up, the ball was handed off to the tailback,

               b.  and he ran 55 yards in the "wrong" direction.

               c.  He laid down in the opponent's end zone

               d.  and waited for the clock to expire

               e.  with practically everyone on the field and in the stadium bewildered.

 7.   The results were a two-point safety for Falkner.

               a.  Score tied. Time expired.

b.  Was the coach crazy?

c.  Was he out of his mind for calling such a play?

8.  NO! You see, in order for his team to reach the playoffs,

               a.  Tishimingo had to beat Falkner by 4 or more points.

               b.  After thinking about the chances of going 40 yards on one play

                               1.  or kicking a field goal from that distance,

                               2.  he decided overtime was his best bet.

9.  What was the result of the coach's play?

               a.  Tishimingo won in overtime, 22-16,

               b.  on a third down, two-yard run by Shane Hill.

                               1.  Hill finished the game with minus 29 yards for the night.

                               2.  But his team won and went to the playoffs.




1.  This story sounds a bit like the cross to me.

a.  God became a man, was pushed around by His enemies,

b.  and was executed as a criminal by the Roman governor of Palestine.

2.  Satan appeared to have won.

a.  Jesus of Nazareth was dead.

b.  His disciples were scattered.

c.  On the surface, it seemed that God had suffered defeat.

d.  Or had He?

3.  Three days later, Jesus ROSE from the dead.

a.  Over a period of 40 days, He showed Himself alive to hundreds of people.

b. Then, about 50 days later,

c.  Peter explained that it had all been part of a divine strategy.

4.  He said to the Jews, "You killed this man Jesus by handing him over to lawless men.

They nailed him to the cross. But God knew ahead of time that all this would occur;

it was part of His plan which He made long ago” (Acts 2:23).

5.  He continued by citing other Old Testament predictions

a.  which had been fulfilled by the resurrection.

b.  Finally he announced, "God has made this same Jesus, whom you crucified,

both Lord and Christ" (Acts 2:36).

6.  There you have it!

a.  A game plan that looked to the entire world like craziness.

b.  One, which still mystifies disciples in our church-huddles

c.  and observers in the world-stadium alike.

7.  But the Son executed His Father's call to perfection.

a.  He died on the cross to take care of our sin problem

b.  and was raised from the dead.

8.  Through God's perfect plan, through God's perfect strategy,

a.  which looked foolish to the onlookers,

b.  we have become victorious - we have become winners.

9.  Unfortunately, though, there are many people today

a.  who still will not believe in the cross and in the resurrection of Jesus.

b.  They think it is absurd to believe in something that “far fetched.”

1.  They try to explain that the resurrection never occurred

2.  and that we are all fools for believing it.

c.  Well, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, call me a fool;

d.  for I certainly believe with all my heart in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,

but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1 Cor. 1:18).

10.  FOR A FEW MOMENTS, we are going to examine God’s plan

a.  by looking at and drawing a few lessons from

b.  the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

11.  First, without a doubt, Jesus was resurrected from the dead.

a.  However, as we mentioned earlier,

b.  many people do not believe in Jesus' resurrection.

c. There are several arguments used by unbelievers to support their position.





a.  by suggesting that Jesus did not actually die on the cross.

b.  This theory (which is known as the swoon theory)

c.  teaches that Jesus only appeared dead but was revived later in the tomb.

2.  We do not buy this theory, and I'll tell you why…

a.  Before Jesus was placed on the cross,

b.  the Bible says He was flogged (Matthew 27:26).

1.  That means He was whipped with leather throngs

2.  that contained jagged pieces of bone and lead.

3.  Dr. C. Truman Davis, a medical doctor who has meticulously studied

a.  crucifixion from a medical perspective,

b.  describes the effects of a flogging.   We QUOTE…

4.  "The heavy whip is brought down with full force again and again

a.  across (a person's) shoulders, back and legs.

b.  At first the heavy thongs cut through the skin only.

1.  Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper into the tissues,

2.  producing first an oozing of blood from the veins of the skin,

3.  and finally spurting arterial bleeding

4.  from vessels in the underlying muscles.

c.  The small balls of lead first produce large, deep bruises,

d.  which are broken open by subsequent blows.

1.  Finally, the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the

2.  entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue.

e.  When it is determined by the centurion in charge

f.  that the prisoner is near death, the beating is finally stopped.” UNQUOTE

5.  Thus, before Jesus was even placed on the cross, He was half-dead.

a.  After He was almost whipped to death,

b.  Matthew explains that Jesus was then crucified on a cross (Matt. 27:35).

6.  When Jesus was crucified, He was laid on two pieces of wood

a.  that were spread out to look like a cross.

b.  Then, the Roman legionnaire drove four wrought-iron nails

c.  through the wrists and feet of Jesus.

7.  Death by crucifixion developed into one of the worlds

a.  most disgraceful and cruel methods of torture.

b.  Cicero called it "the most cruel and hideous of tortures.”

c.  Josephus observed many crucifixions and called them

d.  "the most wretched deaths."

8.  After Jesus was nailed to the “tree”,

a.  He spent 6 horrifying hours in the hot, blistering sun

b.  hanging on the cross until finally He died.

9.  Knowing what Jesus went through,

a.  how could anyone say that He did not actually die?

b.  Jesus actually died on that cross and was buried in Joseph's Tomb.

10. The Bible teaches that "Jesus gave up His spirit” (Matthew 27:50);

“He gave out a loud cry and died” (Mark 15:37);

11. Further, Pilate made sure that Jesus was dead before he gave Jesus' body

a.  to Joseph of Arimathea for burial (Mark 15:44-45).

b.  Brethren, we can have rock solid faith that Jesus actually died on the cross.



a.  by suggesting that someone stole the body of Jesus.

b.  Some say that the Roman or Jewish authorities removed the body.

2.  If that were the case, don't you think that on the day of Pentecost,

a.  when the Church was established,

b.  the Roman or Jewish authorities would have produced the body of Jesus

c.  in order to disprove the claims of Christianity?

3.  Some say that Jesus' disciples stole the body.

            a.  The question that we ask is how could they have accomplished this?

b.  The Bible says that Pilate had a guard to secure the tomb (Matt 27:62-67).  

4.  We must understand that a Roman guard was not a one, two, or three man force.

a.  A Roman guard was a 4 to 16 man security force.

b.  The 16 men in a square of 4 on each side

1.  were supposed to be able to protect 36 yards

2.  against an entire battalion and hold it.

5.  Normally, what they did was this:

a.  4 men were placed immediately in front of what they were to protect.

b.  The other 12 were asleep in a semi-circle in front of them

c.  with their heads pointing in.

6.  These guys were well trained and took their jobs very seriously.

a.  In fact, Roman guards were immediately put to death

b.  if they ever left their night watch, or fell asleep while on watch.

1.  There is no way that Jesus' disciples stole His body away

2.  from the well-trained and well-alert Roman guards.



a.  by suggesting that the women went to the wrong tomb while it was dark,

b.  and that, seeing it empty they reported that Jesus had risen.

2.  If they went to the wrong tomb, why didn't the authorities go to the right tomb,

            a.  produce the body of Jesus, and disprove the disciples' claim?

b. Why did Peter later make the same so called "mistake" in broad daylight?

c.  The Bible says, "Then Simon Peter…arrived and went into the tomb.

He saw the strips of linen lying there…" (John 20:6).

d.  How is it that both the women and Peter saw the empty grave clothes,

e.  if they were at the wrong tomb?

3.  The reason why all of these theories are wrong and without merit,

a.  is because Jesus was resurrected from the dead.

b.  One thing is certain. It happened!

c.  Jesus was raised back to life from the dead.

d.  He is called the "firstborn from the dead" (Colossians 1:18).

4.  To deny the resurrection of Jesus is to deny irrefutable truth. 

a.  The Bible teaches that after Jesus was raised from the dead,

b.  He appeared to over 500 different people throughout a 40-day period.

5.  These were people who touched him, handled him, spoke with him,

a.  ate with him, communicated with him for long periods of time.

b.  One such encounter took place over a six or seven mile walk

c.  from Jerusalem to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).

6.  Paul wrote, "First of all, I passed on to you the same thing which was passed on to me:

Christ died for our sins. (The Scriptures told about this before it happened.)

He was buried and he was raised from death on the third day. (The Scriptures

foretold this, too.) Then Jesus appeared to more than 500 brothers at the same time.

Most of these people are still alive today, but some of them have already died.

Christ appeared to James, and then to all the apostles. Last of all,

he also appeared to me” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

7.  This inspired teaching dismisses all the false theories of men.

a.  The only conclusion that we can come up with

b.  is that God raised Jesus from the dead.




1.  The resurrection had an astounding effect on those disciples who had           

a.  understandably, been dispersed because of the blood-thirsty Sanhedrin

 b.  which had stripped, beaten, and crucified the Savior.

2.  How could it be?

a.  He was the one whom they supposed would redeem them

b.  and restore the glory of the throne of David.

c.  He said he would…He promised!

3.  Now, disappointed and depressed, they hover in back rooms

a.  and behind locked doors in fear of the same fate

b.  which their leader has met.

4.  Suddenly, the unexpected.  The inexplicable.  Resurrection!

            a.  Only the resurrection can account for the dramatic change

            b.  which took place in the disciples in the next little while.

5.  Peter, who had just a few days before shrunk back in fear and denied Jesus,

           a.  would now stand before the same Jewish Council

           b.  which demanded the life of Jesus and say,

               "... we ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29).

6.  Peter and the other apostles had earlier been arrested

           a.  and warned not to teach in the name of Jesus.

           b.  They were told they could no longer preach about Christ’s resurrection,

           c.  yet they said, "We are not able to be silent. We must tell people about the

                   things we saw and heard" (Acts 4:20).

7.  These men who had deserted Jesus at Calvary,

            a.  could now count it joy to suffer for their Lord. 

            b.  The Bible says, “The apostles left the Jewish council, but they were happy because

                               they were given the honor of suffering dishonor for the name of Jesus” (Acts 5:41).

c.  These formerly reluctant disciples now boldly went everywhere

d.  preaching the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

8.  The First Century Christians were forced to leave their homes.

           a.  They were scattered everywhere, but continued "preaching the word" (Acts 8:4).

           b.  They preached the message that the Lord Jesus was risen from the dead.

9.  From that day till this, the same message has been preached,

            a.  tearing down boundaries, destroying cultural differences,

            b.  crossing over social distinctions and racial barriers.

            c.  It is the liberating message of this or any other age.

d.  Resurrection!




1.  Paul said, "And if Christ hasn’t been raised from death, then what we are preaching is not true.

                               You have believed in something which is false” (1 Corinthians 15:14).

2.  After telling these same Corinthians that he had decided to talk about only one subject

               a.  “Jesus Christ, the one who was nailed to the cross” (1 Corinthians 2:2),

               b.  he declares that his "... preaching was not with words of educated men to persuade people.

                               Instead he preached the message. He showed that it was backed up by the Spirit

                               and real power. Why? So that (our) trust would not depend upon human wisdom,

                               but upon God’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:3-5).




1.  In his discourse on the resurrection, Paul said, "And if Christ hasn’t been raised from death,

                               your faith is worthless. You are still lost in your sins... If we have put our

                               hope in Christ in this life, and Christ did not rise from death, then, of all people,

                               we should be pitied the most” (1 Corinthians 15:17, 19).

2.  Peter says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of God’s

                               great mercy, He raised Jesus Christ from death, to give us new life…” (1 Peter 1:3).

3.  The Hebrew writer calls hope "the anchor for the soul," that which "goes behind the curtain

                               inside the heavenly temple sanctuary where Jesus has already entered for us”

                               (Hebrews 6:19-20).

4.  Make no mistake about it: the prime miracle is the miracle of the resurrection.

a.  Because it is true, then the virgin birth is true,

b.  the miracles of Jesus are true, the book of God is true,

               c.  the plan for our salvation is true, heaven and hell are real places,

1.  and we can escape the one and enjoy the other –

2.  all because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.




1.  While He was alive, He announced to His disciples, "Ye have heard me say:

                              I am leaving, but I will come back to you” (John 14:28).

a.  His going away at that time signified His crucifixion.

b.  His coming again meant his resurrection.

2.  When He returned from the grave He said to His disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth

                               has been given to me. Therefore, after you’ve gone out make followers for me

                               from all nations. Immerse them by the authority of  the Father, the Son, and

                               the Holy Spirit." He then promised, "I will always be with you – even until

                               the end of time” (Matthew 28:18-20).

               a.  His resurrection meant He would never again be separated

  b.  from His faithful disciples.

3.  The resurrection of Jesus from the dead sealed forever His union with His own.

             a.  Paul said that God "Even when we were spiritually dead in sins, has made us alive together

                               with Christ ... and has raised us up from spiritual death and seated us in the

                               heavenly world with Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:5-6).

b.  We must emphasize that Jesus said "I am with you always,"

1.  and Christians are "made alive together with" Him

2.  and that Christians "sit together" in heavenly places.

4.  This union that is caused by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead

               a.  brings a power to Christians not available to others.

               b.  Paul was an outstanding young rabbinical student.

                               1.  He had a great future ahead of him as one of the scholars,

                               2.  leaders, and teachers among the Jews (Phil. 3:3-7),

                               3.  but he gave it all up.

5.  Paul was an eyewitness of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead,

               a.  and after seeing the risen Savior he was never the same again.

               b.  Jesus appeared to Paul (then called Saul) on the road to Damascus.

               c.  Paul said Jesus told him, "I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you

                               a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the

                               things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people,

                               as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you" (Acts 26:16-17).

               d.  Paul was not the same man who persecuted the church ever again.

6.  Later he would write to the Philippians, "I think everything is worthless except what is so much

                               more valuable – knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. I have thrown everything else

                               away because of him. It’s all garbage! I want to have Christ. I want to be in him,

                               not having “my” righteousness (the kind that comes from the law), but having

                               the righteousness which comes through believing in Christ (the kind of righteousness

                               which comes from God based on faith). Then I will know Christ and the power

                               he had when he came back to life. I want to share in Christ’s suffering and become

                               like him when he died, that somehow I may reach the resurrection from death”

                               (Philippians 3:7-11).

7.  Peter testified the same thing.

               a.  We cannot forget his denial of even knowing Jesus during our Lord's trial.

               b.  Peter said, "I swear, I do not know the man!” (Matthew 26:72).

8.  After the resurrection it was a different matter.

               a.  Before some of the same people, Peter would boldly declare

               b.  the gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

               c.  He would shout, "My Jewish brothers, I can tell you plainly about David, our ancestor.

                               He died and was buried. His grave is still here with us today. David was a prophet.

                               God vowed to David that one of his descendants would sit upon David’s throne.

                               David knew this before it took place. That is why David said this: ‘He will not

                               be left in death. His body will not decay in the grave.’ David was talking about

                               the Messiah rising from death. So Jesus, not David, is the one whom God raised

                               from death! We are all eye-witnesses of this!” (Acts 2:29-32).

9.  When threatened with punishment,

               a.  Peter again boldly affirmed his faith

               b.  in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead

               c.  and the Jews recognized something had changed.

10. Luke reported, "The Jewish leaders saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak. They were

                               amazed because they understood that the two men had no education or training.

                               Then they realized that Peter and John had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

11. The resurrection made the difference in Peter.

               a.  That same faith in the resurrection

               b.  will have the same effect on everyone who will truly accept it.

12. Those that are fully committed to the grand fact of all the ages,

               a.  that Jesus is risen from the dead, can never be the same.

               b.  Their lives will be filled with a radiant power

                               1.  that lifts them above the sordid world of sin and strife

                               2.  and elevates them to the exalted spiritual position

                               3.  of sitting with the Lord in the heavenly places.

               c.  Coming into that exalted position is possible only by faith that obeys.

               d.  They can never be after such faith what they were before.




1.  Since Jesus was resurrected from the dead,

a.  we can also be resurrected from spiritual death

b.  in order to live a new life here and now.




2.  Last year, my wife and I saw the movie, "Dead Man Walking."

a.  At the end of the movie,

b.  as Sean Pean was being transported to the electric chair,

c.  one of the guards yelled out, “Dead Man Walking.”

3.  These words caught my attention.

a.  Even though he was still physically alive,

b.  the guard recognized him as a dead man.

4.  Ironically, the Bible teaches the same thing.

a.  You can be alive physically, but spiritually dead.

b.  The Bible says, "You were spiritually dead in your sins and violations. In the past you lived in

those things. You followed the evil ways of this world and the ruler of the power of the air –

that evil spirit who is now working in those who disobey God” (Ephesians 2:1-2).

5.  Most people are not aware of this, but unless a person believes in Jesus Christ;

            a.  repents of their sins; confesses faith in Jesus;

b.  are baptized for the forgiveness of sins;

c.  and are living faithful lives in Christ; they are spiritually dead.

d.  They are "dead men walking."

6.  However, the good news is that since Jesus was resurrected from the dead,

a.  we can be raised to a new life here and now. 

b.  Penitent believers are told that in order to be

1.  united with Jesus in His resurrection,

2.  they must be baptized, in water, into the name of the Father,

3.  and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, into a newness of life.

7.  In Romans 6:3-4, the apostle Paul, writing to the Christians in Rome said, "You know that all of us

were immersed into Christ Jesus. Don’t you know that we were immersed into his death?

So, through immersion, we were buried with him into death. Christ was raised from

death through the glory of the Father. In the same way, we will live a new life.”

8.  In First Peter 3:20-21, Peter shows how the salvation of Noah and his family

a.  through water was a picture of how immersion in water

b.  saves us through the raising of Jesus Christ from death.

9.  My friends, the good news is that we can escape death. 

a.  When we are baptized, meaning immersed in water,

b.  we are burying our dead sinful lives.

c.  When we come up out of the watery grave, we are given a new life.

1.  Our sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus (Matthew 26:28).

2.  We are literally raised from the dead!

10. Jesus came to give us life; and that life more abundantly (John 10:10).

a.  If you would like a new life and new beginning,

b.  through Jesus' death and resurrection,

c.  you can be raised from spiritual death today.

"God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead. With the same

power He will also raise you" (1 Corinthians 6:14).

11. Jesus Christ has been risen from the dead with an eternal, resurrected body.

a.  He has conquered death.

b.  All of those who believe in Jesus and obey God's will,

1.  will someday also be raised from the dead

2.  with an eternal resurrected body.

3.  Christ is the only hope of eternal life.

12. Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.  The person who

            commits himself to me will live, even though he may die. Every person who

            lives and commits himself to me will never die! Do you believe this?”

(John 11:25-26).




1.  IN CLOSING, many people have a hard time believing

            a.  that salvation is obtained by believing in a man

b.  who was convicted as a criminal, and executed on a cross.

2.  But the truth is that Jesus died on the cross to take care of our sins

            a.  and was raised from the dead.

b.  Through God's perfect plan, through God's perfect strategy,

                               1.  which looks foolish to some people,

                               2.  we have become victorious - we have become winners.

3.  The world thinks that we as Christians are running in the wrong direction…

               a.  headed for the wrong end zone.

               b.  But we are running in the right direction.

               c.  We are headed for the right end zone.

4.  My friends, God's wonderful game plan is for us to give our lives

               a.  to His Son Jesus Christ.

               b.  Dear friend, do you really believe Jesus was raised from the dead?

               c.  Have you obeyed Him?

5.  If not, we urge you to delay no longer.

               a.  “You don’t know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a fog.

                               It appears for a short time and then it disappears” (James 4:14).

               b.  Come right now and confess your faith in Jesus.

                               1.  Be buried and united with Him in His resurrection from the dead

                               2.  by being baptized today as a penitent believer.

6.  One day you will die, but death is not terminal - it is transient.

               a.  Jesus will come again and those who are in the graves

               b.  will hear His voice and come forth.

               c.  Jesus said, "those who lived right will rise to life, but those who did evil

                               things will rise for judgment” (John 5:28-29).

7.  Right now it is time to make THE right choice.

               a.  Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

b.  If you would like to be apart of God's winning team, 

c.  then please come and devote your life to the Lord.

8.  CHRISTIAN, if you have been weak and half-hearted in your service to God,

               a.  then you should come and rededicate your life to Christ.

               b.  NON-CHRISTIAN, if you are ready to give your life to Christ,

               c.  then come right now.

               d.  If anyone has any need, please come and let it be known.


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