THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
I. TEXTUAL THOUGHTS
1. Psalm 16:9-10 - Prophecy spoke of the resurrection of the Holy One.
2. John 2:19-22 - Jesus predicted his own resurrection three years in advance.
3. John 11:25 - Jesus claims to be the Resurrection and the Life.
4. 1 Corinthians 15 - The resurrection of Jesus is the basis of our faith.
II. MAIN THEME - Death is the greatest enemy of humans. Death has power because of sin. Jesus with his sinless life,
sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection has destroyed the power of sin and death. His physical resurrection is the central
tenet of Christian faith. The spiritual rejuvenation that Jesus gives is the Christian power to live.
1. Death had no power to hold Jesus because of his sinless life.
a. Jesus lived a sinless life - 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:14-16
b. The power of death is sin - 1 Cor. 15:54-57
c. Jesus overcame death - 1 Cor. 15:20; Matt. 16:18; Eph. 4:8-10
2. Jesus has the power of life within himself.
a. Life belongs to Jesus - John 5:26; John 1:4; 1 John 5:11
b. He has the power to take and give life - John 10:17-18
c. This power is proven in his resurrection - Eph. 1:17-23; Rom. 1:4
3. Jesus' resurrection serves as great proof:
a. That he is the Son of God - Rom. 1:4; John 5:21
b. That he can raise us from the dead - 1 Cor. 15:20-23; Rom. 8:11
c. That he can change our present lives - John 5:24-29; 2 Cor. 5:17
4. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life - John 11 (the story of Lazarus).
1. The resurrection of Jesus is linked to most of our Christian doctrines.
a. Our faith - Eph. 1:18-20; Rom. 4:22-25; 1 Pet. 1:21
b. Our baptism - Rom. 6:3-7; 1 Pet. 3:21-22; Col. 2:12
c. Our brotherly love - Rom. 14:1-12
d. Our hope of eternal glory - 1 Cor. 15:51-57
2. An attitude of law-keeping for justification can negate the power of Jesus' death and resurrection - Gal. 2:20-21; Phil.3:7-11;
3. The first resurrection is our conversion to Christ - Revelation 20:1-6
IV. MEMORY VERSE: John 11:25-26