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Is the Resurrection Necessary?
Why an empty grave is the pivotal piece in the case for our faith.

Intro
For the church – for us Christian this is our big weekend.  College Basketball has March madness, professional football has the Super Bowl, but this is our weekend Easter. 

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (NLT)
12 But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? 13 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. 15 And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. 16 And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

I Cor. 15:19 (the Message)
If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we're a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

When I was little my brother and I tried to build wooden blocks as high as we could but before it toppled on its own Jim would pull a block out of the middle and everything would come toppling down.  Think of this as the Christian faith. The pivotal piece is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pull this out and we've got nothing. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the piece on which all of Christianity stands firm. 

 

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