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I want you to do this for 15 seconds, pray in tongues as strongly, as loudly as you can and see the difference. [Prays
Father, let the resurrection life of Jesus grow and increase in us, manifest through us, touching the people around us;
and Lord - to you we give all the honour and all the glory. Jesus - thank you for dying on the cross. Thank you for
going into the deepest parts, thank you for rising from the dead. You're our saviour and you've set us FREE! You've
set us FREE! Come on, let's celebrate! Free. I'm free!
Heb. 6:1-3 “Let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundations …”
· T he first four o f the foundational principles deal with this present world – realm of time; physical realm. T he last two of the foundation al principles take
us into the realm of eternity, realm of God.
2. People Raised from the Dead
· Old T estament:
2 Kings 13:21 A dead man arose from the dead when his body touched Elisha’s bones.
· New T estament:
Lk. 7:14 Jesus raises a boy from the dead.
Mk. 5:35-42 Jesus raises a girl from the dead.
Jn. 11:39-44 Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead – healed restored and raised.
Acts 9:40 Peter raises Dorcas from the dead.
Acts 20:9-12 Paul raises a young man from the dead.
· Mt. 10:7-8 “As you go, preach, saying the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, freely you have received, freely
Raising the dead is part of the commission that Jesus gave his followers. T his demonstrates the power of God and the reality of life after death. All these
people died – None of this is the resurrection referred to in Heb. 6.
3. T he Resurrection of Jesus
(a) What happened?
· Mt. 27:62 – Mt. 28:7 “I know you seek Jesus who was crucified, He is not here; for He is Risen!”
· T he Romans sealed his tomb and posted a guard to ensure no-one stole his body.
· When the women entered the tomb they found empty grave clothes – He had vanished.
(b) Jesus was the first to experience resurrection
Act 26:23 “that Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead..”
1 Cor. 15:20 “But now Christ is risen from the dead and become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
1 Cor. 15:3-8 Jesus seen by Peter, the twelve, over 500, James, all apostles, Paul. T hey were all eye witnesses to seeing Jesus after His resurrection.
(c) Jesus Body had Changed
Mk. 16:12 After that He appeared in another fo rm to two of them.
Lk. 24:31 He vanished out of their sight.
He stood in their midst – touch my hands and feet!
His body incorruptible, immortal, transform ed by the power of God.
He was able to change form, trans-locat e, enter in and out of heaven.
(d) Others Rose from the Dead with Jesus
Mt. 27:50 -53 “…the graves were opened, and many of the bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised and coming out of the graves aft er His
resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”
T his is why Joseph wanted his bones buried near Jerusalem.
T his is why Abraham purchased a cave near Jerusal em – Abraham, Sarah, Isaac buried there.
4. Belief in the Resurrection is Foundational to Christian faith
Rom. 1:3-4 God declared Jesus Christ to be the Son of God by resurrection.
1 Cor. 15:13-16 Resurrection proves our sins are forgiven at the Cross. Without resurrection our faith is empty and without hope.
Rom. 10:9-10 Belief in the resurrection is foundational to being saved.
5. All then will experience Resurrection
(a) What happens when you die?
Heb. 9:27 “It is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgement.”
Death = separation of spirit/soul from body – your body returns to the earth and decomposes.
Your spirit and soul go into eternity to face Creator God to be judged.
Angels of God gather godly who trust Christ to heaven.
Angel of Death gathers ungodly to place of torment (Lk 16:19-31).