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                1. Matthew 28:1-8- The women were the first witnesses to the resurrection.

                2. Luke 24:10-12- The apostles refused to believe until they saw for themselves.

                3. John 20:25-29- Doubting Thomas confronted by the living Jesus.



II. MAIN THEME:  The power of the resurrection is the foundation of faith and hope for Christians.  Even Jesus' disciples lacked faith until they saw the risen Savior.  By His resurrection from the dead Jesus proved He is the Son of God.

                1. The evidence of the empty tomb.

                                a. The women were blessed to be the first witnesses of the resurrection,

                                   Mat 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-11; John 20:1-2.

                                b. The disciples believed only after they saw the empty tomb and the risen

                                   Savior, John 20; Luke 24; Mark 16; Mat 28.

                                c. The Roman guard was paid to tell that the disciples had taken Jesus,

                                   Mat 28:12-15.

                                d. Prophecies of the resurrection, Ps 16; Luke 9;22; John 10:17-18.

                2. Evidence of the bodily resurrection.

                                a. Jesus invited Thomas to put his fingers in His wounds, John 20:25-29.

                                b. Jesus revealed Himself in breaking bread and prayer, Luke 24:30-32.

                                c. Jesus ate food before His disciples to prove He was not a spirit,

                                   Luke 24:36-43.

                                d. Jesus rebuked His disciples for their unbelief, Mark 16:14.

                                e. Jesus allowed the women to hold Him by the feet, Mat 28:9.

                                f. He appeared to more than five hundred witnesses, 1 Cor 15:6.

                3. The importance of the resurrection.

                                a. Gives hope of our own resurrection, 1 Cor 15:12-19, 49-58; 1 Pet 1:3.

                                b. Gives us a sense of the power of God, Phil 3:8-11; I Pet 3:21; Col 2:11-13.

                                c. Gives opportunity for new life through the gospel, Rom 6:5-9; 1 Cor 15:1-4.




                1. Christ's resurrection:

                                a. Calls us to repentance, Acts 17:30-31.

                                b. Gives us a reason to trust, 2 Cor 1:8-10; I Cor 15:1-7.

                                c. Gives us a reason to hope, 1 Cor 15:53-58; 1 Thes 4:13-18.

                                d. Gives us a reason to speak, 2 Cor 4:13-14.

                2. Christ's resurrection empowers the gospel.

a. Jesus was raised by the Power of God, and we can trust God's power to raise us. John 2:19,

   Acts 2:32-33

                                b. Through our faith in Jesus, we trust the power of His resurrection in our

                                   baptism, Col 2:12; 1 Pet 3:21.

                                c. We are raised from our spiritual death in sin to newness of life in Jesus

                                   when we obey the gospel, Rom 6:3-8, 17; Eph 2:4-10.

                3. We need the power of the resurrection in our lives, Phil 3:8-10.




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