Easter 2023

April 8, 2023   /   Brian T. Anderson   /   Vineyard Church North Phoenix

Easter 2023

I. Introduction

A. Christianity began with something that happened in !

B. No one followed a “Messiah”!

C. “Jesus was, and is, the Messiah! And He died on a cross. He was buried in a tomb. And on the day, He rose from the dead!”

D. I Corinthians 15:3-8 (NLT) 3I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said. 5He was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles. 6After that, he was seen by more than five hundred of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died by now. 7Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8Last of all, I saw him, too, long after the others, as though I had been born at the wrong time.

II. Objections to the Resurrection

A. The women went to the .

B. Jesus did not really on the cross.

C. The disciples the body, and then made up the story about the resurrection.

1. The witnesses to the empty tomb were !

2. Women were not even allowed to in a Jewish court of law!

D. The “resurrection” is a , not a fact.

1. The last thing you would do is make up a story that he has come back to life, and then to defend a story that you know is not !

2. Nobody dies for what they KNOW IS A !

3. We are not the first generation of human beings to observe that dead people have a tendency to !

4. Hebrews 9:27 (NLT) Each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment.

5. I John 5:11-12 (NAS) 11And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

6. John 1:12 (NAS) But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.

III. Conclusion


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