1) GOD LOVES YOU AND CREATED YOU TO BE IN A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM
You are not an accident. You are not a biological and chemical product of millions of years of evolution. You are created by the same God who made the universe and everything in it. What’s more—you are not just another created being among many animals—as a human, you are a very special creation—
Why are we here worshipping today? Why is there Christianity? Simply put, it’s because Jesus rose from 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. (1 Corinthians 15:13–14)
I remember the scene from my high school years vividly. I was in the parking lot of the Lutheran church with my friend Chuck. I don’t know why we were there, or what the conversation was about. I remember saying to Chuck, “I think the Bible was made up by one person in order to fool a lot of people.”
Did the disciples make up the story of the resurrection and therefore the Christian Faith?
I want to share with you some reasons today why I believe that the resurrection of Jesus Christ really happened. These reasons—or evidence—are just tip of the iceberg. I won’t go in depth in each one, it will be more like that sampler plate you get at a restaurant.
If you want to learn more, I could recommend several books that you could read: J. Warner Wallace, Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, and William Lane Craig all have books detailing the evidence for Jesus’s resurrection.
Then, in the second part of this message, I want to share what Jesus’s resurrection shows us about God.
Palm Sunday (described in Luke 19 and other places) commemorates Jesus’s entrance into Jerusalem. On that day, the Sunday before His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus entered into Jerusalem to the loud Hosannahs of the people.
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. (Luke 19:38)
They were excited for the coming of the Lord, although they were mistaken in what they thought He had come to do. Most probably expected Jesus to overthrow Roman rule and establish Israel as an independent nation again—not die as a sacrifice for their sins. So, sadly, they missed the reason for Jesus’s first coming.
The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem foreshadows a vastly bigger and more important second triumphal entry—the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Just as the Jews of Bible times were supposed to be alert to the First Coming of their Messiah, so Christians are to be alert to His Second Coming. In what way should we do this? Jesus gives us two parables here that teach us how to live in light of His Second Coming. First, we see that we must…
1) GOD INSPIRED THE BIBLE
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The Bible is a book of 66 books written by 40 men over a period of 1,500 years. But while men wrote the words on the page, they did not write whatever came to their imaginations. The phrase “private interpretation” in verse 20 means that it is not a human invention. Peter also says in verse 16 that they did not follow “cunningly devised fables.”