If Christ Had Not Risen (Matthew 27:57-66, 1 Corinthians 15:16-19)Bro. Mike Meade, April 1, 2018
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Easter. Resurrection Sunday. What is it about this day that makes it so different than any other day? What is it about Easter Sunday that separates Christianity from all the other religions of the world?
Buddhists can visit the tomb of Buddha. Mormons can visit the remains of Joseph Smith. Muslims can visit the ashes of Muhammad. But what makes Christianity so different from all these is that we cannot visit the remains of Jesus Christ; THERE ARE NO REMAINS! HE IS RISEN!
But, what if Christ had not risen? How we, and our religion, be different?
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57When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 58He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 59And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. 61And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre. 62Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. 65Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. 66So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 15:16-19
16For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (KJV)