A. Evidence for the resurrection

1. Fifty (50) days later at Pentecost, the resurrection had become the key note of Peter's sermon (cf. Acts 2).  Thousands who lived in the area where it happened believed!

2. The lives of the disciples were changed radically from discouragement (they were not expecting resurrection) to boldness, even martyrdom.

B. Significance of the resurrection

1. Shows Jesus was who He claimed to be (cf. Matt. 12:38-40, prediction of death and resurrection)

2. God put His approval on Jesus' life, teaching, and substitutionary death! (cf. Rom. 4:25)

3. Shows us the promise to all Christians (i.e., resurrection bodies, cf. 1 Corinthians 15)

C. Claims from Jesus that He would rise from the dead

1. Matt. 12:38-40; 16:21; 17:9,22, 23; 20:18-19; 26:32; 27:63

2. Mark 8:31; 9:1-10,31; 14:28,58

3. Luke 9:22-27

4. John 2:19-22; 12:34; chapters 14-16

D. Further Study

1. Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell

2. Who Moved the Stone? by Frank Morrison

3. The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, "Resurrection," "Resurrection of Jesus Christ"

4. Systematic Theology by L. Berkhof, pp. 346, 720.


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