BOB 6) In search of the incredible: Dead man ALIVE

We believe in the incredible…..

Jesus of Nazareth was raised by God from the dead.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5)

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event of all time, it is a powerful declaration.

“Concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:4)

It gives us hope.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

It is for the whole world

“So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:22-23)

It gives us proof that Jesus is God.

“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

God is the Provider, Jehovah Jireh

Christianity is an historic faith, clearly based on historical fact. The resurrection happened in time and space has eternal reality and significance. The resurrection of Jesus is not a subjective interpretation of what the disciples experienced but a divine revelation of God’s act of re-creation and transformation.

Watch NT Wright talk about the credibility of this incredible event

http://www.ivpress.com/videos/3848.php

Every Easter in churches all over New Zealand the resurrection story is retold.

Creative Edge presents a reenactment  http://youtu.be/hd444xzXBLs

Gateway Church’s podcast www.gatewaychurch.org.nz/gather/word

Hillcrest Chapel’s pastor’s blog brandnewheartnz.wordpress.com

The resurrection of Jesus is about us dying with Christ, being reborn and transformed. YaY

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