Gospel : 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4

Happy Easter, my brothers and sisters!!! Today is Easter Sunday.  What a wonderful day this is! All over the world people are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus as the Son of God, King of kings & Lord of Lords, alive forevermore! Today we are going to look together at the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. He is risen indeed!

“No other event has impacted the world so much as the resurrection of Jesus Christ,”  The reason Christianity spread all over the world is because of Gospel. The word ‘gospel’ came from the old English word that means ‘good news.’ What is Gospel? 1 Corinthians 15: 2, 3-4 (KJV) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:   This is Gospel in a nutshell:  Christ died, He was buried, He was raised from death. There is, one fact about Jesus that makes Him unique. That is the fact of the empty tomb!  Jesus is NOT dead – He is alive. No one else conquered death —only Jesus. “Christianity, the message of Jesus, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, is good news when you understand it“.

We celebrate the resurrection every Sunday. Every time we take the bread & drink the cup, we not only proclaim that we believe that Jesus died for us, but also that He is coming again. So we serve a risen Savior, & we look forward to that day when we shall stand with Him in a glorious heavenly home, which He has prepared for all who have loved & served Him. The resurrection is also the one thing that gives us hope. For if Christ has been raised, then -we, too, shall be raised if we trust Him. Read (Ephesians 2: 7, 13, 19).

I am a teacher, teach in the school. I teach my students ‘how to think’ and ‘how to imagine’. If I say about ‘snow fall’ in Mussoorie, people at my place cannot really feel it. Can you imagine ‘the resurrection’ ‘the heaven’. We should learn how to see things and think.  Hebrew 11:19 Someday, it would be nice to go to heaven, but at the moment, we’re not interested. It’s just too nice here on earth. ‘believers long for heaven’

I love this life but, I too, long for the day when I shall see Him, & be with Him, & be with all those people of God who have gone on before. I want to see my father & my grandmother once again. I want to see Abraham, Moses, Kind David, and all other people who were killed, because they were Christians. I want to meet once again some of those wonderful Christians who helped me as I came to know Jesus as my Savior & my Lord.
I don’t look upon death with fear, but with anticipation.
Now don’t get me wrong. I do not want to die. But yet, one day I will. At least my body will. And so will be yours. But the wonderful thing is that I’m ready, because Jesus has risen.

Do you know this Sunday school song?!!!

My Savior loves me, He died to Save me, He lives in Glory, My Lord and King.

One day He’ll come, to take me home, to live with Him, forever more… Wow!!!

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Salvation.” This is one of those common religious words, we often use but seldom define.  A simple definition: Salvation is a trip; it involves movement from one place to another, not physically but spiritually! Salvation is what takes you from the danger of sin to the safety of righteousness. Salvation means moving away from Satan to God. Salvation means my attachment to Satan (the bondage of sin) is broken when I surrender to Jesus Christ, the Savior, and I am now attached in fellowship to God through Christ.

In the message of gospel there is the power of God to move sinners from their sin to the refuge and safety of righteousness in Christ. The only thing powerful enough to take you from the bondage of sin to the freedom of righteousness in fellowship with God is the gospel. So, when a sinner hears the gospel; believes it; turns from sin; confesses his faith in Christ and is baptized, he is, in a manner of speaking, transported from sin to righteousness!! The message of Easter is that soldiers, seals & stones can never stop the plan of God. God marches on & His plan will be accomplished. It’s the power of God.

THE RESURRECTION CHANGES THE WAY WE LOOK AT LIFE & DEATH : The resurrection also changes the way we look at life & death. When God talks about death in the Scripture He uses different words than we use. We can be certain of a future in heaven. 1 Peter 1:3-5, Read the Bible
The message of His resurrection is so wonderful, – but it isn’t, not for everyone.
You see, some people graduate & some do not; Some homes are peaceful, while others are not; Some marriages succeed, but others do not; Some banquets are occasions of joy, but some are not;
In the same way, while the cross is a blessing for those who come & accept its sacrifice, it is a curse for those who turn away & never acknowledge what is there. 1corinthians 1:18 18 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.
The empty tomb is the greatest source of joy for those who know Jesus as their Lord & Savior. But it is also the greatest source of judgment & condemnation for those who do not.

He said — I am God. I have come to take away sin. I will die, and three days later come back to life again to prove it. He did prove it! Solidify your faith this morning — dwell on this resurrection of Jesus, let it give you a firm foundation. Start with this issue when talking to the unbeliever about the message of the Bible — this is the big one!

CLOSING: You can’t stop what God is trying to do in our world because God will conquer. God will be victorious & you will either be on His winning side or you won’t.
That is the message of Easter. God is preparing us for something much better. He’s preparing us for a new world. A better world. A greater world.
So we offer His invitation, realizing that maybe there is someone here who has never ever accepted Jesus as Savior. We plead with you. We appeal to you not to let this moment escape not to let this moment pass by. You don’t get many chnaces…
If you are without Jesus then come now, name His name, be faithful to Him in Christian baptism, arise to walk in the newness of life. God’s invitation is offered to you.

I want to draw a clear line this morning — not so much between the Christian and the non-Christian, but rather between the Christian who is standing firm in his faith, who is walking with God, who is confident of his salvation — who knows God is pleased with him and he is on his way to heaven.  On the other hand, there is everyone else.

1 Corinthians 15:1,2 15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

You need to understand, your obedience to the gospel puts you into a relationship

Romans 10:9

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

I want to give you a chance this morning to cross that divide and make your faith sure. There is one place to do that more surely than anywhere else, and it is the place we are gathering this morning. You might expect me to say we will come to the cross — and we will, of course, speak about the cross — but, in fact, we are coming to the empty tomb. For it is at the empty tomb that we meet Jesus — He is not dead, He is risen!

I have come to the end of what I want to say to you, but let me give Jesus an opportunity to speak. This is what he once said, and I believe He would say to us today: (John 14:6 Jesus-I am the way the truth and the life)

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).