Who Is Jesus?: Week 7

Koinonia – 7/22/15

Who is Jesus?: Week 7
The Resurrection and the Life

Key ScriptureJohn 20:1-31

Evidence of Jesus’ resurrection:

– Stone had been rolled away from the tomb (v2)
– Linen clothes… but no Jesus (v5-7)
– Jesus’ appearing to Mary Magdalene and the other disciples (v11-29)
– Testimony of Mary Magdalene (v18)
– Jesus shows his scars (v27-28)
– Growth of the Church (Matthew 28:16-20, Acts)
– Today, the place where Jesus was buried remains empty (unlike other gods)

The Importance of Jesus’ Resurrection:

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, (2) and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (3) For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, (4) that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (5) and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (6) Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. (7) Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. (8) Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me… (12) Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? (13) But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. (14) And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. (15) We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. (16) For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. (17) And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. (18) Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. (19) If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (20) But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” – 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8, 12-20a

– It’s the Gospel by which we stand and are being saved (v1-2)
– Faith that matters (v17)
– Freedom & redemption from sin (v17)
– Hope and life in Christ…ALWAYS! (v18-20)

Promise of Jesus:

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’” John 11:25-26

Reversal of the Curse in Genesis 3.

Though our physical bodies decay and die, are souls live on.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, (4) and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. (5) And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. (6) So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. (7) These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (8) You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.” – 1 Peter 1:3-8

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. (2) And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. (3) I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. (4) He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (5) And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” (6) And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. (7) All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.” – Revelation 21:1-7

The result?

The most frequently used command in the Bible  Do not fear/do not be afraid/do not be anxious/fear God (and nothing else!). Used over 365 times in the Bible, at least one for every day of the year!

We need not fear death or anything else. Jesus has overcome! (John 16:33)

Discussion Questions:

1) Have you ever thought about the things that you fear/are afraid of? What are those things?

2) Read: 1 Corinthians 15: 12-20. Why was the Resurrection of Jesus important for us? Why does it matter to YOU?

3) Read 1 Peter 1:3-5 and Revelation 21:1-4. How are these verses encouraging to you in your life right now? For the future?

4) How could knowing Christ has overcome sin and death and relying on His work on your behalf help you with the things you are anxious/worried/fearful about?

5) How can you live out these truths this week?