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SCRIPTURE:  1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;


 2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.


 3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;


 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)


INTRODUCTION: Tonight I want you to think with me about the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, and what it really means to YOU and ME.


Nothing But The Gospel


Dr. Baldwin, who was pastor of a church for forty-one years, said:


"At thirty, after examining as best I could the philosophies and religions of the world, I said, 'Nothing is better than the Gospel of Christ.'


At forty, when burdens began to press heavily, and years seemed to hasten, I said, 'Nothing is as good as the Gospel.'


At fifty, when there were empty chairs in the home, and the mound builders had done me service, I said, 'There is nothing to be compared with the Gospel.'


At sixty, when my second sight saw through the delusions and vanities of earthly things, I said, 'There is nothing but the Gospel.'


At seventy, amid many limitations and deprivations, I sing:


"Should all the forms that men devise
Attack my faith with treacherous art,
I'd call them vanities and lies,
And bind the Gospel to my heart."


The Gospel Herald


"It's Friday, but Sunday's Coming"


14Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14-16)


1. It's Friday ... Judas Iscariot conspires with the chief priests to put Jesus to death -- but Sunday's Coming


47… Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 49And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 50And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus” (Matthew 26:47-49)


2. It's Friday ... Judas Iscariot betrays the Lord Jesus to the soldiers and thugs -- but Sunday's Coming


“Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it25Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.” (Matthew 27:24-25)


3. It's Friday ... Pilate's strutting around washing his hands cause he thinks he has all the power and the victory -- but Sunday's Coming


69And a maid saw [Peter] …and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. 70And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto71But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. 72And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.” (Mark 14:69-72)


4. It's Friday … The disciples are running in every direction, like sheep without a shepherd -- but Sunday's Coming


27Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers28And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 29And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 30And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 31And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him” (Matthew 27:27-31)


5. It's Friday ... Jesus is mocked and beaten by the soldiers -- but Sunday's Coming


33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 35And they crucified him…” (Matthew 27:33-34)


6. It's Friday ... Jesus is nailed dead on a cross. -- but Sunday's Coming


55And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 56Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.” (Matthew 27:55-56)


7. It's Friday ... Mary's crying her eyes out cause her baby Jesus is dead. -- but Sunday's Coming


12For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12)


8. It's Friday ... Satan's doing a little jig saying, "I control the whole world!" -- but Sunday's Coming


51And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake; and the rocks were rent.” (Matthew 27:51)


9. It's Friday ... the temple veil is ripped from top to bottom, the earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs opened. The centurion screamed in terror. ."Truly He was the Son of God" – but Sunday's Coming


2And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. 3And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 4And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 5And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 6And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:2-6)


10. It's Sunday         … the angels like dazzling lightning rolled the stone away exclaiming “HE IS NOT HERE! HE IS RISEN!”


"It's Sunday!”        “It's Sunday!”        “It's Sunday!”




A. "If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching in vain" (1 Cor. 15:14)


1. If there was no resurrection of Christ from the dead, then there is no gospel or good news.


2. The message of Christ is reduced to nothing more than a commentary upon a very extraordinary life.


3. Instead of the message of life, it becomes a message of death.


4. There would be no power in that kind of gospel.


a. It would be like the Declaration of Independence without the victory of the Revolutionary War.


b. It would be as meaningless as an Emancipation Proclamation without freedom to the slaves.


B. "If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching in vain, and your faith also" (1 Cor. 15:14)


1. That means our faith would be an empty and worthless faith.


2. That all we have accepted and received by faith, as a free gift from God, would be gone:


a. no eternal life


b. no justification


c. no sanctification


d. no eternal home in heaven


3. If Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, our faith would mean absolutely nothing.


C. "If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are still in your sins." (1 Cor. 15:17)


1. Here we have the bottom line.


2. Without the resurrection of Christ, there is no hope for salvation from the penalty of sin.


3. Paul writes, "...We are of all men most miserable"


D. "But now is Christ risen from the dead..." (1 Cor. 15:20)


1. “IF” is a mighty big two letter word.


2. The apostle Paul leaves no room here for any speculation: JESUS IS ALIVE!


3. Jesus declares it in Rev. 1:18, "I am He that liveth, and was dead: and behold, I am alive for evermore..."


What Makes Christ’s Tomb Different?


If Easter says anything at all to us it is that Jesus will always be with us. 


·        The pyramids of Egypt are famous because they contained the mummified bodies of ancient Egyptian kings. 


·        Westminster Abbey in London is renowned, because in it rests the bodies of English nobles and notables. 


·        Mohammed's tomb is noted for the stone coffin and the bones it contains. 


·        Arlington cemetery in Washington, D.C., is revered, for it is the honored resting place of many outstanding Americans. 


The Garden Tomb of Jesus Christ is famous because it is EMPTY!


 -- Don Emmitte, Dynamic Preaching, March 31, 2004




A. People have three GREAT CONCERNS:


1. We are concerned about our LIFE.


a. sometimes referred to as the 'will to live'


b. it is within us to strive to live.


c. we are not nearly as concerned about the quality of life as we are about the existence of it.


2. We are concerned about DEATH.


a. death is a fear that exists in the hearts of all of us.


b. it is because the experience is utterly strange to all of us.


c. it is always the unknown that brings fear to our hearts.


3. We are concerned about ETERNITY.


a. although some would laugh and try to convince themselves that there is no eternity,


b. within us is the knowledge that death is only a transition from life to eternity.


c. Jesus said there would be a 'resurrection unto life' for some, and a 'resurrection unto damnation' for others. (John 5:29)


B. The Plan of Man's Redemption had three steps to fulfillment.


1. The first step was that Jesus must come to earth and live a sinless, perfect life.


a. this He did for some 33 1/2 years


b. 'For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin...' (2 Cor. 5:21)


c. '...a lamb without blemish and without spot'


d. 'Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth' (I Peter 2:22)


2. The second step was that Jesus must die.


a. the death of Christ was the ransom paid for the penalty of sin. 'Who gave himself a ransom for all...' (2 Timothy 2:6)


b. the death of Christ was to reconcile the world unto God.


19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor. 5:19)


c. the death of Christ was for the propitiation or satisfactory payment for our sins.


d. He died as a substitute for us so that we wouldn't have to pay the price of sin. 'The wages of sin is death...' (Romans 6:23)


3. The third and final step was that Jesus must be RESURRECTED.


a. it proved Him to be the Son of God. 'Declared to be the son of God with power...by the resurrection from the dead.' (Romans 1:4)


b. it makes certain the resurrection of all. 'For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive'. (1 Cor. 15:22)


c. it makes certain the coming judgment. 'he will judge the world in righteousness by that man ...whom he hath...raised from the dead'. (Acts 17:31)


d. it gives assurance that we are accepted by God. 'Who was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification.' (Romans 4:25)


C. The plan of redemption has been completed, and now it is FAITH that appropriates it for us.


1. Romans 10:9: 'If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.'


2. God's love has provided the necessary means of redemption through the LIFE, DEATH, and the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ.




4. Eph. 2:8: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"


5. A gift cannot benefit an individual until he receives it unto himself.


CONCLUSION: Tonight would you think with me for just a moment?


A. You know what your life is.


1. You also know that death is inevitable for each of us.


2. But what about your eternity?


3. Do you know beyond a shadow of a doubt:


a. That you are saved.


b. And the you will spend eternity in Heaven?


4. If not, won't you take the opportunity tonight:


a. To come and receive Christ as your Saviour?


b. And gain that assurance of eternity with Him?


B. Come see for yourself!


1. He is not dead, He is risen.


2. He is alive today.


3. Do you know Him as your Savior?


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REFERENCES: References used in this Bible study are the Scofield Reference Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, David C. Cook Publishers Bible-in-Life, Dr. Cliff Robinson Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, KJV Bible Commentary, Our Daily Bread, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, (Warren) Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament Ed. 4, (Warren) Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Warren Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments,  and selected illustrations.



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