The Resurrection: Power in a Certain Direction
Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:1–15:34
“…how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead (12b)?”
I. Jesus’ Resurrection exposes the weakness in all others messages.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (Jn. 16:33)."
“I believe in Jesus because he fulfills none of my dreams. He is, in every respect, the opposite of what he would be if I could have made him in my own image.” WH Auden
“None of the others arouse all sides of my being to cry, ‘Crucify Him.’” Auden
“For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me (9-10).”
II. I. Jesus’ Resurrection produces a life lived in a certain direction.
“I want to know Christ, the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead (Phil. 3:10-11).”
“Why are we in danger every hour? I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die (30-32).’”
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (I Cor. 13:4-7).”
III. I. Jesus’ Resurrection is Certain Hope!
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied (17-19).”