Does the Resurrection Matter?

One last Easter-related post before we resume our regularly scheduled programming …

Here’s a question to ask yourself today:

What difference does Jesus’ resurrection make in my life?

While you’re pondering that, flip open your Bible to 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul’s resurrection dissertation. Here’s what it says:

Happy Resurrection Day!

Jesus is alive!

That simple fact changes everything forever.

Surely He was the Son of God!

Yesterday, Jesus died on the cross.

Or so it seemed.

Rather astonishing eyewitness reports are pouring in from all over. According to those accounts:

The Resurrection and the Life

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We’re taking a deeeeep dive into this rather provocative question: Who did Jesus say he is?

We started with these three answers: Son of Man, Son of God and Messiah.

Now we’re in the midst of eight “I am” statements Jesus made that further define who he is. The first four: the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Gate and the Good Shepherd.

Today’s “I am” is embedded in a story about a man named Lazarus.

Breakfast with Jesus

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After his resurrection, Jesus first appeared to his disciples as they were huddled and hiding in a locked room. He then appeared to them again by the Sea of Galilee.

Here’s an eyewitness account:

Stop Doubting and Believe

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Yesterday, we discussed Jesus’ first appearance to his disciples after his resurrection.

Thomas wasn’t there when Jesus appeared. The other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!” His response? “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I won’t believe.”

A week later he got his chance:

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

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Jesus was crucified. The disciples were devastated. It looked like all hope was lost. Literally.

But then, just as he promised, Jesus began to turn his disciples grief to joy through a series of resurrection appearances.

On the first night after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to disciples, who were huddled together in a locked room out of fear for the religious leaders: