Scripture Reading: John 20:1-21
What difference does it make to you that Christ rose from the dead?
--people do things in memory of their dead relative. Dead relative doesn’t care, can’t judge it, can’t tell you how you did or appreciate it.
--Christ is not dead. He is Lord both of the dead and living.
Paul, an apostle, (not of [from] men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead
Apostle—a delegate, ambassador. One sent out directly by Jesus Christ. Paul was not one of the original 12. Doubts surround his ministry because of that. Acts 9
Raised from dead—Paul saw the resurrected Christ and was commissioned by Him. Not Christ as man either, but fully divine, resurrected Christ.
--Christ was dead before Paul was an apostle. How could Paul be an apostle, sent out from Christ, while Christ was dead? Christ was resurrected
--How can we follow Christ if Christ is dead? Christ is resurrected.
--Christ’s resurrection is the source of all we have and are to do.
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Into his death—we are dead to the world, dead to sin, why should we live any longer therein?
Glory of father—glorious power. This power also raises us up to new life.
Even so we also—as Christ did, we should walk in new life. Direct comparison.
Should walk—walk about, implies habitual conduct.
1 Corinthians 15:12-14
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
Preaching—which was commissioned by the resurrected Christ. The content of the message, resurrection is central to Christian teaching.
Vain—empty, unreal, without use. Without foundation.
--Is the resurrection real? If it is; it means everything. If it isn’t; leave it all.
1 Corinthians 15:15-17
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
False witnesses—bearers of lies, deceivers. Knowingly teaching what they know isn’t true. Not just mistaken, but lying and wrong.
Faith is vain—vain is a different word, means fruitless, no results.
In your sins—still alive to the old, no hope of salvation from sin and its power and guilt.
--If there’s no resurrection there’s no point. No further life. No hope. No one alive to intercede for you before God.
--People doubted Paul’s apostleship; Paul believed it. The power that raised Christ is the power that enabled Paul for his work
--That same power, whether people doubt it or not, is at work in us, bringing us new life, victory over sin.