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The Greatest Event In History

What event is greater than the creation of the world? What event is more amazing than Jesus walking on water or raising Lazarus from the dead? What event is the most important, life-changing, and exciting event in History? By far, it is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I just finished reading a portion of Tim Chaffey’s book, In Defense of Easter. I immediately sent him this text message:

“Wow, your book is what I have been missing in my preaching. Thank you for writing this.”

To be honest, this is what is missing in a lot of people’s preaching! I beg you to take 10 minutes to read the first chapter of Tim’s new book In Defense of Easter. I believe it will energize your passion for the Gospel and revolutionize your witness of its power! You can view it online here.

In Defense of Easter

Listen as Tim Chaffey gives a powerful talk on the importance of the resurrection and why we should never forget that it’s a foundational element of the Gospel.

Think about this, of all the people who have claimed to be the promised Messiah, only one has been raised from the dead. The greatest event in His-story is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It was the central event which all of His-story looked forward to and all of His-story looks back on. It is central to the Gospel message and the most amazing event that has ever taken place in the history of the world!

Look at what Charles Spurgeon said about the resurrection in the Gospel.

Reflecting, the other day, on the sad state of the churches at the present time, I was led to look back to apostolic times and to consider where in the preaching of the present-day different from the preaching of the apostles. I remarked the vast difference in their style from the set and formal oratory of the present age. I remarked that the apostles did not take a text when they preached, nor did they confine themselves to one subject, much less to any place of worship. But I find that they stood up in any place and declared from the fullness of their hearts what they knew of Jesus Christ. But the main difference I observed was in the subject of their preaching. I was surprised when I discovered that the very staple of the preaching of the apostles was the resurrection of the dead! I found myself to have been… leading the people of God as well as I was in able, into the deep things of His Word. But I was surprised to find that I had not been copying the apostolic fashion half as nearly as I might have done. The apostles, when they preached, always testified concerning the resurrection of Jesus and the consequent resurrection of the dead. It appears that the Alpha and the Omega of their gospel was the testimony that Jesus Christ died and rose again from the dead according to the Scriptures.

When we examine Paul’s summary of the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4,  we see him mention three things:

“for I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures…”

The Gospel is always those three things together. Paul continues, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!”

Other passages make it very clear that the resurrection is of utmost importance and always the central part of the Gospel. Matt Slick from CARM.org compliled this helpful list of  resurrection passages.

  1. Matthew
    1. Matt. 12:39-40 – Sign of Jonah
    2. Matt. 16:4 – Sign of Jonah
    3. Matt. 16:21 – Killed and raised
    4. Matt. 17:9 – Do not tell information until risen from the dead
    5. Matt. 17:12 – Son to suffer
    6. Matt. 17:22-23 – Delivered, killed and raised
    7. Matt. 20:22 – Drink of cup and be baptized
    8. Matt. 20:28 – Give life a ransom for many
    9. Matt. 21:37-39 – Parable of the husbandman-gives son-killed by workers
    10. Matt. 22:7 – Small correlation*
    11. Matt. 23:34 – Vague correlation*
    12. Matt. 26:224 – To be crucified
    13. Matt. 26:28 – Drink of blood shed
    14. Matt. 26:54 – Scriptures must be fulfilled
  2. Mark
    1. Mark 8:31 – Suffer, die and arise
    2. Mark 8:34-35 – Deny, take up cross and follow
    3. Mark 9:9 – Don’t tell until Jesus arisen
    4. Mark 9:30-32 – Son will be killed and arise from dead
    5. Mark 10:32-34 – Same
    6. Mark 10:38 – Drink of cup, be baptized
    7. Mark 10:45 – Give life a ransom for many
    8. Mark 12:6-8 – Son killed by vineyard workers
    9. Mark 14:8 – Anoint body for burying
    10. Mark 14:22-24 – This is my body
  3. Luke
    1. Lk. 9:22 – Rejected, killed and arise
    2. Lk. 9:23 – Take up cross
    3. Lk. 9:36 – Do not tell what was seen until after resurrection
    4. Lk. 11:29-32 – Sign of Jonah
    5. Lk. 12:50 – Baptism to be baptized with
    6. Lk. 13:32 – Third day perfected
    7. Lk. 16:30-31 – Not persuaded though one rise from the dead
    8. Lk. 18:31-33 – Mocked, killed and rise again
    9. Lk. 20:14-15 – Son killed by vineyard workers
    10. Lk. 22:15 – Eat Passover before suffering
    11. Lk. 22:19-20 – Bread and wine-body and blood symbolism
    12. Lk. 22:37 – Allusion to death
    13. Lk. 22:42 – Agony in Gethsemane-let cup pass
  4. John
    1. John 1:2936 – Lamb of God
    2. John 2:18-22 – Destroy temple and raise it in three days
    3. John 3:14 – Son must be lifted up
    4. John 3:32 – Meat to eat that you know not of
    5. John 6:27 – Labor for meat of life-son of man shall give
    6. John 6:51-58 – Bread given-flesh of Jesus
    7. John 8:28 – Lifted up the Son of man
    8. John 10:15 – Lay down life for sheep
    9. John 10:17-18 – Lay down life and take it
    10. John 11:50-51 – Caiaphas prophesied Jesus’ death
    11. John 12:7 – Ointment used for Jesus’ burying
    12. John 12:23-25 – Son of man to be glorified-possibly means death
    13. John 12:32-33 – Lifted up
    14. John 13:1121 – Knew who would betray him*
    15. John 13:33 – Only with them a little while
    16. John 13:36 – Cannot follow now, but later
    17. John 16:16 – Little while and will not see Jesus
    18. John 16:32 – Disciples to forsake Jesus*
  5. Acts
    1. Acts 1:3 – Alive after passion
    2. Acts 1 – Jesus’ words after the resurrection
    3. Acts 1:22 – Witness of resurrection
    4. Acts 1:16-22 – Peter’s statement
    5. Acts 2:14 – Peter’s Pentecostal sermon
    6. Acts 2:23-24 – Jesus crucified and raised
    7. Acts 2:27 – Not leave soul in hell
    8. Acts 2:31 – Resurrection of Christ
    9. Acts 2:32 – Witnesses of the resurrection
    10. Acts 2:36 – Jesus crucified: Lord and Christ
    11. Acts 3:13-1618 – Jesus killed and raised
    12. Acts 3:26 – God raised Jesus
    13. Acts 4:2 – Through Jesus the resurrection of the dead
    14. Acts 4:10 – Jesus crucified and raised
    15. Acts 4:33 – Great power gave apostles witness of the resurrection
    16. Acts 5:28 – Bring man’s blood upon us
    17. Acts 5:30-32 – Death and resurrection-apostles and Holy Spirit are witnesses
    18. Acts 7:52 – Murderers of Jesus
    19. Acts 10:39-43 – Death and resurrection witnesses, commission to preach
    20. Acts 13:29-31 – Paul preached: death, burial, empty tomb, appearances, witnesses
    21. Acts 13:33-37 – Resurrection
    22. Acts 17:3 – Suffer and rise again
    23. Acts 17:18 – Jesus and resurrection
    24. Acts 17:31-32 – Assurance by raising Jesus from the dead
    25. Acts 20:28 – Flock purchased with Jesus’ blood
    26. Acts 22:15 – Witness of Jesus-was the risen Lord-(also see Acts 9, 26)
    27. Acts 23:6-8 – Resurrection of the dead-24:15, 21, 26:8
    28. Acts 25:19 – Jesus dead-Paul said alive
    29. Acts 26:14-18 – Appearance of Jesus
    30. Acts 26:23 – Jesus suffer and rise first
  6. Romans
    1. Rom. 1:4 – Declared Son of God by resurrection from the dead
    2. Rom. 3:24-25 – Faith in His blood
    3. Rom. 4:24 – Jesus raised
    4. Rom. 4:25 – Delivered and raised
    5. Rom. 5:6-11 – Christ died for the ungodly-justified by His blood-saved by His life.
    6. *Rom. 5:15 – Offense-death-free gift
    7. Rom. 6:3-14 – Baptism: parallels death, burial and resurrection
    8. Rom. 7:4 – Dead to Christ: married to Him who was raised
    9. Rom. 8:11 – Spirit raised Jesus
    10. *Rom. 8:17-18 – Suffered and glorified with Christ
    11. Rom. 8:32 – God delivered Jesus for us all
    12. Rom. 8:34 – Jesus died and arose
    13. Rom. 10:6-7 – Jesus died and rose (implied)-up from the dead
    14. Rom. 10:9 – God raised Jesus
    15. Rom. 14:9 – Death, resurrection and revived-Lord of dead and living
    16. Rom. 14:15 – Destroy not a person for whom Christ died
  7. 1 Corinthians
    1. 1 Cor. 1:13 – Paul crucified for you?
    2. 1 Cor. 1:17-18 – Cross of Christ
    3. 1 Cor. 1:23 – Christ crucified
    4. 1 Cor. 2:2 – Know Jesus Christ and Him crucified
    5. 1 Cor. 2:8 – Crucified Lord of glory
    6. 1 Cor. 5:7 – Christ Passover sacrificed for us
    7. 1 Cor. 6:14 – God raised up the Lord
    8. *1 Cor. 6:19-20 – Bought with price
    9. 1 Cor. 8:11 – Weak brother perish for whom Christ died?
    10. 1 Cor. 10:16 – Body and blood-bread and wine
    11. 1 Cor. 11:23-29 – Received/delivered: body/blood
    12. 1 Cor. 15:1-8 – Creedal material on death and resurrection that Paul received
    13. 1 Cor. 15 – Resurrection – the importance of the resurrection
  8. 2 Corinthians
    1. 2 Cor. 1:9 – Trust God which raiseth the dead
    2. *2 Cor. 2:12 – Preach Christ’s gospel-4:3-4, 10:14, 11:4
    3. 2 Cor. 4:10 – Dying of Lord Jesus
    4. *2 Cor. 4:11 – Life of Jesus
    5. 2 Cor. 4:14 – Jesus raised: so will we
    6. 2 Cor. 5:14-15 – Jesus’ death and resurrection
    7. *2 Cor. 5:21 – Jesus made sin for us
    8. 2 Cor. 13:4 – Crucified by weakness: lives by the power of God
  9. Galatians
    1. Gal. 1:1 – God raised Jesus
    2. Gal. 1:4 – Jesus gave himself for our sins
    3. Gal. 1:6-10 – Another gospel
    4. Gal. 1:11-12 – Taught gospel by revelation
    5. Gal. 1-2 – Conversion and gospel; Possible location where Paul received the 1 Cor. 15:3-8creed?
    6. Gal. 2:2 – Communicated gospel-doubt in Paul’s mind?
    7. Gal. 2:20 – Crucified with Christ-Christ gave Himself for me
    8. Gal. 2:21 – Christ died to free us from the law
    9. Gal. 3:1 – Jesus crucified among them
    10. Gal. 3:13 – Christ redeemed us from the law by being hanged on a tree
    11. Gal. 5:11 – Offense of the cross
    12. Gal. 6:12 – Persecution for the cross of Christ
    13. Gal. 6:14 – Glory only in the cross
    14. *Gal. 6:17 – Marks of the Lord Jesus
  10. Ephesians
    1. Eph. 1:7 – Redemption through blood
    2. Eph. 1:20 – Christ raised and set in heavenly places-above all-Jesus exalted
    3. Eph. 2:6 – Raised us up to sit with Christ
    4. Eph. 2:13 – Made nigh by blood of Christ
    5. Eph. 2:16 – Reconcile by cross
    6. Eph. 5:25 – Christ gave Himself for the Church
  11. Philippians
    1. *Phil. 1:7 – Defense and confirmation of the gospel (cf. 1:17)
    2. *Phil. 1:29 – Suffer for His sake
    3. Phil. 2:5-11 – Jesus humbled, died, exalted and glorified. This is considered a hymn by many scholars which has an early date.
    4. Phil. 2:10-11 – Know Him and the power of His resurrection-conformed to his death and sufferings
    5. Phil. 3:18 – Enemies of the cross of Christ
  12. Colossians
    1. Col. 1:14 – Redemption though blood
    2. Col. 1:20 – Peace through blood of cross
    3. Col. 1:21-22 – Reconciled through His death
    4. Col. 2:11-13 – Put off sins by circumcision of Christ-buried and raised by baptism
    5. Col. 2:14 – Nailed it to the cross
    6. Col. 2:20 – Dead with Christ
    7. Col. 3:1 – Risen with Christ
    8. Col. 3:3 – Dead: life hid with Christ
  13. 1 Thessalonians
    1. 1 Thess. 1:10 – Jesus raised from the dead
    2. 1 Thess. 2:15 – Killed Jesus
    3. 1 Thess. 4:14 – Believe Jesus died and rose again
    4. 1 Thess. 5:10 – Jesus died for us
  14. 2 Thessalonians
  15. 1 Timothy
    1. 1 Tim. 2:6 – Gave Himself a ransom for all
    2. 1 Tim. 3:16 – Manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit
  16. 2 Timothy
    1. 2 Tim. 1:10 – Jesus abolished death: brought life and immortality to light through gospel
    2. 2 Tim. 2:8 – Jesus raised from dead according to the gospel
    3. 2 Tim. 2:11-12 – Suffer and live with Christ
    4. 2 Tim. 2:18 – Resurrection past – claim of heretics
  17. Hebrews
    1. Heb. 1:3 – Purged sins-set down in heaven
    2. Heb. 2:9 – Jesus made lower for suffering of death
    3. Heb. 2:14 – Death-destroyed him who had power over death
    4. Heb. 5:3 – Offer for sins
    5. Heb. 6:2 – Resurrection of dead
    6. Heb. 6:6 – Crucify Son of God afresh
    7. Heb. 7:16 – Power of an endless life
    8. Heb. 9:7-28 – Blood, death
    9. Heb. 9-10 – Blood and death
    10. Heb. 10:12 – Blood
    11. Heb. 10:28 – Sacrifice for sins
    12. Heb. 10:29 – Blood of [New] Covenant
    13. Heb. 11:35 – Better resurrection
    14. Heb. 12:2 – Endured cross-throne of God now
    15. Heb. 12:24 – Jesus mediator of New Covenant with blood
    16. Heb. 13:12 – Jesus suffered, blood sanctifies us
    17. Heb. 13:20 – God brought Jesus back from dead, blood of covenant
  18. James
  19. 1 Peter
    1. 1 Pet. 1:2 – Sprinkling of blood of Jesus Christ
    2. 1 Pet. 1:3 – Resurrection of Jesus from dead
    3. 1 Pet. 1:19 – Redeemed with blood of Christ
    4. 1 Pet. 1:21 – God raised Jesus
    5. 1 Pet. 2:21 – Christ suffered for us leaving an example
    6. 1 Pet. 2:24 – Bore sins, tree, healed
    7. 1 Pet. 3:18 – Put to death in the flesh, quickened by Spirit
    8. 1 Pet. 3:18-20 – Death, hell, resurrection, exalted
    9. 1 Pet. 4:1 – Suffered in flesh
    10. 1 Pet. 4:13 – Christ’s sufferings
    11. 1 Pet. 5:1 – Witness of Jesus’ suffering
  20. 2 Peter
    1. *2 Pet. 1:16 – Witnesses of His majesty-transfiguration
  21. 1 John
    1. *1 John 1:2-3 – Witnesses
    2. 1 John 1:7 – Blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin
    3. 1 John 2:2 – Jesus is the propitiation for our sins
    4. 1 John 3:16 – Jesus laid down His life for us
    5. 1 John 4:10 – Son payment for our sins
    6. 1 John 5:68 – Came by water and blood-bears witness
  22. 2 John
  23. 3 John
  24. Jude
  25. Revelation
    1. Rev. 1:5 – First begotten of dead, washed us in His blood
    2. Rev. 1:7 – Pierced-Zech 12:10
    3. Rev. 1:18 – Lived, died and arose
    4. Rev. 5:6 – Lamb slain
    5. Rev. 5:9 – Redeemed by blood
    6. Rev. 5:12 – Lamb slain
    7. Rev. 7:14 – Washed robes, white by blood of Lamb
    8. Rev. 11:8 – Lord crucified
    9. *Rev. 11 – Witnesses raised
    10. Rev. 12:11 – Overcame by blood of Lamb
    11. Rev. 13:8 – Book of Lamb slain from foundation of the world-Lamb reference
    12. *Rev. 16:6 – Blood to drink
    13. Rev. 19:13 – Vesture dipped in blood-Jesus
    14. *Rev. 20:5-6 – First resurrection

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* implied in the text

 

Studying these references, we clearly see the emphasis on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Easter weekend, tell someone, “He is risen!” If they don’t understand what you are talking about, then you can present the Gospel, the true Gospel!  Let’s preach the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus to the whole world!

Thanks for reading and thanks for praying.

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