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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#25) We Will Also Rise

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. Job 19:25-27 The confidence that God will raise the dead is not just a New Testament belief. Job confessed, in this prophetic utterance, that even after his body h...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#27) Why Did He Leave?

Today is Ascension Day. For most, that might provoke little more than “huh?” It is rare to find it on a calendar in the United States. But Catholics celebrate it as the “Feast of the Ascension” by attending mass. And, surprisingly, it is an official public holiday all across Indonesia and in many European countries like France, Germany and Sweden. In Germany, it has e...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#23) Satan Was Crushed

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall crush your head, and you shall bruise His heel. Genesis 3:15 Here was the situation. God had created the most amazing place. We can’t really imagine it. There was no death. There was no evil. Everything flourished. Then Adam and Eve breached the one boundary God had set for them and everythi...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#36) After Departing He Would Have Sent the Holy Spirit

Today is Pentecost. It marks the day when Jesus fulfilled the promise that He would send the Holy Spirit to dwell in us after He left. It is hard not to list this event at the top of the “most-incredible-events-of-all-time”. Is it possible to even begin to contemplate the full reality that the infinite, holy, omnipotent God of the universe has determined to dwell within me? And y...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#38) He Is Preparing Opportunities for Us Now

When Jesus was telling His disciples that He was going to die and then be raised on the third day, He also let them know that He was going to leave. But whenever He talked about leaving, He gave them comfort, either by telling them that the Holy Spirit would come or that He would come and be with them. We looked at these things several times before. There is a passage that we have left alone...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#28) the Predictions Were All True

It is one thing for Jesus to rise from the dead, which, in itself, is an incomparable event that should give the deepest skeptic pause. But, for Jesus to have predicted that event and its details, and have it happen, raises everything to a new level, for it now demands our attention be drawn to who Jesus really is. Jesus openly and clearly predicted His death and resurrection three times, y...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#34) He Is Interceding for Us

It is probably true that we do not spend much time pondering the reality that Jesus intercedes for us with the Father. And, I suspect, we seldom, if ever, connect that intercession with the resurrection. However, the Holy Spirit, through Paul, makes that link: Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died&...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#21) It Would Have Radically Changed the Disciples

As [Peter and John] were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. Acts 4:1-3 When you are making a defense for...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#24) Death Was Defeated

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15 All of us want to lock the Door of Death, but we can’t. Each one of us is inexorably drawn by ...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#29) It Was the Great Confirmation

Scripture tells us Jesus was, “declared to be the Son of God… by His resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:4 The Holy Spirit, through Paul, tells us that it was the resurrection that “declared” Jesus to be the Son of God. Not that He wasn’t from all eternity, but this was the moment that God affirmed it to the world. It was the Great Confirmati...

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