1 Corinthians 15:20
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
By man came death: The first man, Adam, transgressed God’s law and brought sin and death into the world.(read Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Romans 5:12-21) The second Man, Jesus Christ, was the perfect sacrifice to take away sin and to bring life and resurrection to those who believe in Him (Rom. 5:15-21).
As with any good sermon, our investigation of the resurrection of Jesus includes “what” (the facts) and “so what” (the significance of the facts).
The resurrection of Jesus Christ means many things to many people, but particularly to the redeemed.
Jesus’ resurrection confirms His identity, gives heaven’s seal of approval on all He taught and promised, and blasts a path through the grave for you and I to be raised.
After much research, in the early 1940s, during the Nazi occupation of France, the Germans sealed the border to stop citizens from fleeing. One small town sitting atop the border was found to be losing population at a swift pace. Locals had remembered that the ancient cemetery had a gate in the rear, closed for over a century. They reopened it. From then on, when attending funerals, the citizens entered from the front, but kept right on walking through the graveyard into the land of the free.
Brothers and Sisters, when Jesus rose from the dead, He opened a GATE in the back of the cemetery. You and I still go there, but we don’t stay. We walk out the back door into the land of “Eternal” freedom.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Salvation is free. Have a Blessed Day.
Courtesy of Edward Jeffries