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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? YOU CAN EXPLAIN IT TO SOMEONE IN SEVEN WORDS! God’s Word captures many amazing, miraculous, and profound events, but none are more precious than the marvelous record of Christ’s Resurrection. Consider anew this morning the wonders of Christ’s resurrection we have gathered here to celebrate.
We have come this morning to collectively affirm and proclaim the crowning proof of Christianity. All other words spoken, deeds done, promises made by Jesus and His Apostles are secondary to this the greatest event of all—Christ’s Resurrection from the dead!
Without the resurrection, Christianity is like all the other false-religions—all promises and no power. With Christ’s bodily resurrection Christianity and its God–are the absolute truth to believe and the absolute power to live!
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO DEATH
It all comes down to death. Death is the greatest enemy and has overpowered everything in the world except one man named Jesus Christ. No matter how wealthy or wise, no matter how strong or smart none can elude the onslaught of death. No wealth can buy endless life, no strength can keep endless life, and no wisdom can unlock endless life. Death always comes and the bodies of all eventually turn to dust.
Man is not alone in the losing struggle with death. All animals and plants no matter what their size or habitat eventually die. Even entire species succumb to extinction. Man’s cities, civilizations, and all their monuments spring up, flourish, decline, and eventually fade away. Even the universe as vast and incomprehensible as it may seem—is running down and would face an ultimate “heat death’ if God did not step in as He promises He shall, and make all things new.
Humanity everything we know about is suffering under the dreadful curse the Bible calls the “bondage of corruption” and every part of the physical universe is awaiting liberation by God.
Romans 8:21-22 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. NKJV
Because death has smitten all who ever lived, Christ’s conquest of death sets Him apart from all others. Every religious leader except Christ merely died, none rose–not Buddha, Mohammed, Zoroaster, Confucius, Caesar, or Marx. They died and their bodies stayed in the grave; any other human who made a profound impact on the world in one way or another–all are dead.
But Jesus Christ is alive!
It is true that He died and was buried, in common with all other men, but unlike other men He returned from Hades, resurrected His own dead body, made it henceforth immortal, and emerged from the tomb, alive forevermore!
This was the greatest of all miracles, and could have been accomplished only if Jesus indeed is God, as He had claimed to be.”
So we must never underestimate the importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
BUT IT’S MORE THAN A FACT
The world believes that Jesus died, but the world does not believe that He arose from the dead. Even in the church, there is often a lack of genuine hope because of mere historic assent to the facts. Take the test that the Bible offers to us. Sort out the truth you cling to. There is only one hope of eternal life and that is saving faith.
-Historical faith says, “Christ lives!”
-Saving faith says, “Christ lives in me!”
Which one describes you? Do you have saving faith?
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