CSI – The Resurrection

Preached by Andrew Smellie, March 24, 2008; Easter Sunday

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Jesus is no longer in the tomb!

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All the claims of Jesus, including that he was not just a good, moral teacher but rather the Son of God, rest on the truth of the resurrection! Some claim that Jesus did not raise physically from the dead and insist that it does not matter (read 1 Corinthians 15:14), while others claim to believe the resurrection but live the same as those who reject the resurrection!

What do you actually believe? Was the tomb empty? If God raised Jesus from the dead, then we can have the same Spirit that raised Jesus living in us! Therefore, we can and we must change. Are living like you believe it? Then you are changing the world!
“CSI: The Resurrection” preached by Andrew Smellie
Sunday, March 23, 2008

Matthew 16:21
• Jesus had predicted all that would happen.

1 Corinthians 15:3–8
• Paul spoke to the church in Corinth.

1 Corinthians 15:11–19
Question: Are you living in the certainty of the resurrection?
Question: Is the resurrection on your heart when you share your faith?
Question: Is the resurrection on your heart when you live your life?

1 Corinthians 15:32
• The resurrection is crucial to the Christian faith.
• Christianity is a historical religion.
• If you do not believe in the resurrection, then as a Christian, you are a liar.
• If there is no eternity, then you might as well live it up.
• When you share your faith, you got to be thorough about your convictions and what you believe in.

Mark 15:15–47
Question: When would you have called on Michael the archangel if you were the Son of God?
• The crucifixion included hanging on the wrists where the person was being nailed on the cross.
• The crucifixion was one of the most horrific ways to die.

Mark 16:1–16
• The claims of Jesus rise and fall on the resurrection.
Question: Do you know about the resurrection?

The Claim of the Resurrection
1. The tomb was occupied.
a. The disciples went to the wrong tomb.
b. They all hallucinated.
2. The tomb was empty.
a. Jesus is alive.
b. Jesus is dead.
i. Men stole the body (1. The disciples, robbers, gardener; 2. The Romans, Jews, UFOs; 3. Worms)
ii. God resurrected Him.
• If you deny the resurrection, then you would have to believe one of the following things:
1. Jesus was buried and stayed buried.
2. Jesus never actually died.
3. His body was removed from the tomb.

I. Jesus did not die.
A. They looked in the wrong tomb.
1. Question: Do you think that the disciples forgot where they put the body?
B. They hallucinated.
1. John 20: 19–20
2. John 20:24–28
a. Thomas was skeptical and need proof.
3. Acts 1:3
a. The kingdom of God is the church.
b. Jesus spent forty days preaching about the church.
c. Question: Would you delay going to heaven to preach about the church?
4. Acts 2:29–32
a. Peter and the other apostles were witnesses to the fact.
b. They knew that the corpse would be an issue for people.
5. 1 Corinthians 15:6
a. Five hundred people could not have possibly hallucinated the whole thing.
b. The Swoon Theory: Jesus was only unconscious and He felt refreshed after spending a couple of days in the tomb.
c. Jesus would have had to survive all of the things that He went through the Crucifixion.
d. Seventy-five pounds of preservative ointment. (John 19:39)
e. Jesus laid in a chill condition for thirty-six hours.
f. The executioners did not break His legs because they saw that He was already dead.
g. Question: Are you really ready to stand behind all of these claims?

II. Someone removed Jesus’ body.
A. You think that the disciples were deceitful and someone had the motive and the means to remove Jesus’ body.
1. Matthew 28:11–15
a. The Roman guards were trained killers.
b. If the apostles stole Jesus’ body, then they lied about His resurrection, which meant that they would have had to go against the teaching of Jesus.
c. Key evidence is the following question:
d. Question: Why would the apostles go to their death claiming that Jesus resurrected from the dead?
e. If the gardener did it, then either he was against the apostles, then he would have given the body to the Jews or if he was for the apostles, then he would have shown the body right before the apostles were about to be killed.
f. The tomb had a seal on it.
g. Christianity turned the Roman Empire upside down.
B. God raised Jesus from the dead.
1. It takes more faith to not believe in the resurrection than to believe in the resurrection.
Question: Can you disprove the resurrection?
Question: What does your response need to be?
• Good news: When Jesus returns you too will be resurrected.
• Without a resurrection body, you cannot go to heaven.
• You go from life to death to paradise to resurrection to judgment to heaven.
• No resurrection, no heaven.

Acts 17:30–31
•You cannot allow ignorance to stop you from going to heaven.
• Bad news: You must change.
• If you do not change, then you will not go to heaven.
• God expects repentance.

Acts 2:22–24

Acts 2:36–41
• Jesus had always been God’s plan to save His people.
• Challenge: One-a-day challenge: Share your faith with at least one person a day.
Question: Who are you telling?
• You got to proclaim the evidence of a risen Lord.