1. THE RESURRECTION VALIDATES THREE THINGS ABOUT JESUS.
A. Jesus is who He claimed to be.
1. John 11:25I am the resurrection and the life.He who believes in Me will live even though He dies.
2. John 14:6I am the way, the truth, and the life.No one can get to God the Father except by me.
B. Jesus has the power He claimed to have.
1. Matthew 28:18All power on earth and in heaven is given to me.
2. John 10:18Nobody takes my life from me. I have the power to lay it down and I have the power to take it up again.
C. Jesus does what He promises to do.
Mark 10:34 They will mock and flog and kill me but after three days I will come back to life.
2. Jesus’ RESURRECTION GIVES US THE POWER OF NEW BEGINNINGS.
A. 2 Corinthians 5:17 …Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!
B. Isaiah 1:18No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it.I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.(TLB)
C. Isaiah 43:19 Watch the new thing I’m going to do in your life.
3. JESUS’ RESURRECTION EMPOWERS OUR PRESENT TO BE SUCCESSFUL.
A. The Bible isn’t a rule book, it is a life book.It shows us how to live our life successfully.
B. 2 Timothy 3:16The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. (TLB)
C. Ephesians 1:19-20How incredibly great is His power to help those who believe Him, the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.
D. Philippians 4:13I’m ready for anything through the strength of Christ who lives in me.
4. JESUS’ RESURRECTION ALLOWS US TO FACE TOMORROW WITH CONFIDENCE INSTEAD OF FEAR.
A. John 20:19-20Jesus came and stood among them… and the disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
B. John 10:27-28My sheep listen to my voice;I know them, and they follow me.28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. (NLT)
C. Isaiah 41:10Fear not, for I am with you;Be not dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.(NKJV)
D. Isaiah 54:17No weapon forged against you will prevail…
E. Hebrews 13:6So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear.What can mere people do to me?”(NLT)