Sitting with Jesus: Resurrection Truth
Read: Matthew 12:38-40
 Jesus’ Resurrection – A Prophetic Word to a Wicked and Adulterous Generation
“Then some of the Pharisees & Teachers of The Law said to Him (Jesus), Teacher, we want to see a sign from You. He answered, A Wicket and Adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the Prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so The Son of Man will be three days and nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:38-40)
 Jesus’s Resurrection – Promise Fulfilled – It always was part of God’s Plan
(a) The Psalmist Proclaimed it! (Psalm 16:10)
“You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will You let your Faithful One see decay.”
(b) Jesus, from the outset of His Public Ministry, Taught It!
(John 2:19) In answering the Jews who questioned His authority Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days.”
After Peter declared that Jesus is The Messiah, The Son of The Living God. (Matthew 6:16) ….. (v21) “From that time on Jesus began to explain to His Disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and the third day be raised to life.”
(Matthew 20:17-19) “Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, He took the twelve aside and said to them, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life.”
After the Passover Meal, in the Upper room – Judas was on his way to betray Jesus. The other disciples and Jesus “had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” (Matthew 26:30) “Then Jesus told them, this very night you will fall away on account of Me, for it is written: I will strike The Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” (Matthew 26:31-32)
 Jesus’ Resurrection Power – Demonstrated Through 4 Miraculous Interventions
(1) Jairus’ Daughter (Matthew 9:18-26)
Jairus’ daughter had died. Her dad, a synagogue leader came and knelt before Jesus saying, “My daughter has just died. But come and put Your Hand on her, and she will live.” When Jesus reached the synagogue leader’s house the mourners were wailing – grief was everywhere! Jesus told them to, “Go away! The girl is not dead but asleep. But they laughed at Him. After the crowd had been put outside, He went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region.”
(2) The Widow of Nain’s Son (Luke 7:11-17)
“A large crowd from the town were mourning his death.” The widow his mum was totally distraught. “When The Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and he said, Don’t cry. Then He went up and touched the bier they were carrying Him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, young man, I say to you, get up! The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.”….. “This news spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.”
(3) Lazarus of Bethany (John 11:1-44)
Key verses in this historical event are v25-26. “I AM The Resurrection and The Life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in Me will never die.”
Lazarus had been in the grave for 4 days.
Jesus declared: (v39) “Take away the stone.”
(v40) “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see The Glory of God?”
(v41- 42) “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I know that You always hear Me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that You sent Me.”
(v43) “Jesus called in a loud voice, Lazarus come out!”
(v44) “Jesus said to them, Take off the grave clothes and let him go!”
(4) Saints at the time of Jesus’ Crucifixion (Matthew 27:51-53)
“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His Spirit. At that moment the curtain of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ Resurrection and went into the Holy City and appeared to many people.”
 Jesus’ Resurrection – Proven by His Appearances
We are quoting 13 passages of Scripture, recorded in the Bible. Jesus continues today, to reveal Himself to people all over the world, but, especially in the Middle East where there are many conversions.
- Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9) When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He has driven seven demons.
- Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (Matthew 28:9-10) “Suddenly Jesus met them. Greetings, He said. They came to Him and clasped His feet and worshipped Him. Then Jesus told them, Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee, there they will see Me.”
- Two Disciples on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:15f) “Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them.” (v15) “Jesus, was recognised by them when He broke the bread.” (v35)
- Ten Disciples, Thomas absent (John 20:19-20) “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace be with you! After He said this He showed them His hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw The Lord.”
- The Eleven Disciples, including Thomas (John 20:24-29) “Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace be with you! Then He said to Thomas, put your finger here, see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe. Thomas said to Him, My Lord and My God!”
- The Eleven Disciples (Luke 24:36-49)
- The Eleven Disciples at Galilee, On the Mountain (Matthew 28:17) “When they saw Him they worshipped Him, but some doubted.” Then Jesus gave The Great Commission.
- At the Sea of Galilee (Breakfast on the beach) (John 21) “Afterwards Jesus appeared again to His Disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.”
- The Time of Jesus’ Ascension (Luke 24:50-51) “When He had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany; He lifted up His hands and Blessed them. While He was Blessing them, He left them and was taken up into Heaven.”
- Peter – Cephas (1 Corinthians 15:5) “He appeared to Cephas.”
- More than 500 at One Time (1 Corinthians 15:6) “After that, He appeared to more than 500 of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.”
- James (1 Corinthians 15:7a) “He appeared to James.”
- Saul/Paul at his Conversion (Acts 9) (I Corinthians 15:6) “He appeared to me also.”
 Jesus’ Resurrection – Pathway to Faith and Gateway to Our Future!
(Romans 10:9) “If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved!”
1 Corinthians 15 is a chapter about The Resurrection of Jesus, The Resurrection of the dead and The Resurrection body that all Believers will receive. We share key passages that are key to our Faith and Future.
“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.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
“For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have Hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the Resurrection of the dead came also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (I Corinthians 15:16-22)
“So will it be with the Resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown perishable, it is raised imperishable; It is sown in dishonour, It is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in Power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)
“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit The Kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the Last Trumpet. For the Trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will be True: Death has been swallowed up in Victory. Where, O death, is your Victory? Where O death, is your sting?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is The Law. But thanks be to God! He gives us The Victory. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1 Corinthians 15:50-57)
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm! Let nothing move you! Always give yourselves fully to the work of The Lord, because you know that your labour in The Lord is not in vain!” (1 Corinthians 15:58)