Mmmm King Prawn Bee Hoon Chinese Noodles Mmmm
In Australia, we have amazing, authentic Asian food!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College this semester, I’m eating the delicious New Testament.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that he appeared to Peter,and then to the Twelve.
6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time,
most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead,
how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God,
for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead.
But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.
16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For since death came through a man,
the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:3-6; 12-17 & 20-22
Christians know that Jesus died on a cross – we still celebrate this on Good Friday in Australia.
We also celebrate his resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday.
2000 years ago some Corinthians denied the resurrection of Jesus.
Apparently they were too sophisticated and smart to believe in such foolishness.
They could not accept the fact that anyone could come back to life after dying.
But the resurrection is the cornerstone of the Christian faith.
Why is the resurrection so important?
The resurrection of Jesus proves conclusively that there is life after death.
Today as my non-Christian barber cut my hair, I asked whether she celebrated Easter.
She hesitated and unconvincingly claimed that there was no life after death.
I asked, “How can you be so sure?”
Can atheists prove to me that there is NO life after death?
What evidence can they show me that our souls DO NOT live on beyond the grave?
Jesus IS the proof that God has conquered death once and for all.
Our hope rests on the eyewitness accounts of 500+ followers who saw Jesus alive and well.
1 or 2 sightings could be dismissed, but how can you dispute 500 sightings?
So what is the hope that Christians have?
We celebrate God raising Jesus to life as King of the Universe.
After we die, we will also be raised into new bodies and seated in heaven with Jesus.
Death is not the end – death is the gateway to new life.
Earth is our temporary home before we join our King forever.
Are you afraid of dying in this world that is beyond your control?
Death is a certainty – so what will happen to you after you die?
Do you know the King of the Universe now and in the future?
mmmm Bible mmmm
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