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Does it Really Matter?

Apr 8, 2018 by: Ricky Jones| Series: Easter 2018 | Category: Sunday Morning

If Jesus is not raised from the dead, we are fools and life is a meaningless, hopeless tragedy.

  1. Unbelief is everywhere all the time.

The first thing I want you to notice, unbelief is nothing new. Sure it is hard to believe in the resurrection of Jesus now, but it was hard then too.

A simple argument.

1 Corinthians 15:12–13 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? [13] But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. (ESV)

Distinguish doubt and unbelief

Matthew 28:17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. (ESV)

Jesus words to us are the same as to Thomas: John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (ESV)

Importance of Fellowship

1 Corinthians 15:33–34 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

  1. If Christ is not raised we are the most to be pitied. 

If he is not raised, we are still in our sins.

1 Corinthians 15:16–19 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. [17] And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

If he is not raised, life is meaningless

[18] Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. [19] If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (ESV)

  1. Since Christ is raised our works are not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:20–21 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. [21] For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. (ESV)

Assurance of Eternal life.

Assurance of our Justification

Assurance our lives matter.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.