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February 13, 2021 2:00 am
My mom used to saunter into my room to wake me up in the morning with a sweet call to "rise and shine!" One day our Savior will give a call for all His children to do the same! This week and next week we will be considering the resurrection of our bodies. Why is resurrection even necessary? What will our resurrected bodies be like? What capabilities will they possess? Will babies always be babies and the elderly always remain elderly when resurrected? As we begin, know this: the idea of resurrection isn't just a New Testament idea; it began long, long ago!
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Joe spoke about his own future resurrection, one of the great passages of Scripture, Job, chapter 19 verse I know that my Redeemer lives in the end he will stand your number. My skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God. I myself will see him with my own eyes I cannot. Another, oh how my heart yearns to hear that centuries before there was ever a Redeemer centuries before there was even a hint of the gospel centuries before there was any unfolding of resurrection truth.
You got a guy from the patriarchal period of the Old Testament, believing that both his body decays his body will be able to in the future with his own eyes see his Redeemer is resurrection for heavy sleepers getting up to be the hardest part of the day.
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I hope your there is really good. Now let's join posters. There was a hospital waiting room in which whole group of relatives gathered because one of their loved ones was some in critical condition. So the doctor came in and after a long while doctor came in and said I have bad news. I'm afraid to tell you there's really nothing else I can do for your loved one tried everything. The only thing possible is a brain transplant. They never heard of that before the doctor admitted it is quite risky and it's an experimental procedure. This brain transplant and the other thing is you have to pay for the brain yourselves out of pocket insurance and government so they let it also can and finally a family member said got a question. How much does a brain cost. Doctors of all depends if it's a male brain. It costs $5000 if it's female brain. It costs $200 while yeah the room immediately turned awkward and that men started smirking. They look down.
They would even give eye contact to the gals in the room and finally one of the men had the guts to ask the question everybody was dying to have answered Dr. why is it that a female brain cost so much less and male brain cost so much more.
The doctor saw what was going on with the smirking so well.
It is just standard pricing procedure we have to mark down the female brain because it's actually been used. I don't see a man clapping there wondering what I was going to go. I know the truth is, all of us have used brains and used bodies.
Some of them are more used than others.
The question is what happens to those used brains. What happens to those used bodies and why on earth would God ever want to resurrect them once they are used as part of the question is before us today. We want answer that in first Corinthians 15 now in this series so far we've dealt with things like death, the death of a Christian. The intermediate state absent from the body present with the Lord, the coming of Jesus Christ and now we turn to the resurrection, and we look at this very important question. I've gotten a lot of feedback on this after every service.
The last several weeks. Things like thank you for going into such depth with this sewer. It gives me great comfort.
I got a lot of emails and notes to the same tune of that, but it also generated a lot more questions you see, once you start focusing on things like this and getting your minds around.
This brings up a whole new slew of questions which I'm grateful for because it helps us use our brains in the right manner. Some of us have never thought about these things as we have before.
Some of the questions that I've gotten on notes in person is, what about cremation is cremation okay for a Christian when somebody dies, what happens to infants when they die. What about if you lose a limb if you're incapacitated. As an adult you've had a surgery or you had an accident what happens in the resurrection with that.
One of the questions I God is, why does God want to resurrect our body. If we get new ones anyway. These are not new questions. By the way Paul must've gotten similar questions because he devotes an entire chapter to dealing with the resurrection. This is chapter 15 first Corinthians is the most extensive treatment on bodily resurrection and all of Scripture, so it only makes sense that we want to look at it in the series something before we start. We talk about resurrection of the body, though for some of us we never really dealt with, or thought about it quite like this and it might seem advanced and technical here some yada no. This is fundamental.
This is basic. This is truly Christianity 101. Listen to what the writer of Hebrews writes in Hebrews chapter 6 let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death of faith in God of instruction about baptism laying on of hands in the resurrection of the dead, and God permitting, we will do this, says the author, so it is basic, it is fundamental but we have to admit were a bit hazy on the subject. It's a little hard for us to get our minds around some of these concepts and frankly I would say many churches don't do a great job and really teaching these principles through the Bible that the title this morning rise and shine actually comes from a favorite memory of my mother who used to come in my room and instead of being woken up by an alarm clock or bite my mom pushing me out of bed.
She would simply say in my hair rise and shine and I'll never forget that in one day, our Savior will do as much as Jesus said, the hour is coming, in which all who are in the graves will hear his voice and come forth, speaking of the resurrection. So you look principally at verses 20 through 28 were really good have time only to skim them this morning to go back and get a couple of verses before that but this what I like to do in setting the tone for this theme of the resurrection of our body.
I want to look past, present and future. The resurrection was anticipated resurrection is presently activated one of the great truths comes from this great passage of Scripture on that and then in the future resurrection will be appropriated. Let's go to the past go back with me in this chapter, diverse three and four, only Paul writes for I delivered to you. First of all that which I also received that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. Let me sum up verses one through 19 is it will be helpful. It seems that there were some people in Corinth who denied the resurrection altogether, not just the resurrection of Christ, I mean resurrection as a principal.
They just said that people don't get up again.
They denied resurrection and so Paul in these 19 verses says well if there is no resurrection. That means Jesus Christ didn't rise from the dead, and that also means of Jesus didn't rise from the dead, that our preaching is in vain.
Your faith is in vain.
You are still dead in your sins.
And we are of all men most miserable. He counteracts that idea that there is no resurrection see the gospel must have the resurrection the gospel as Jesus died, was buried, rose again from the dead.
There's no good news of Jesus died. The good news comes in, Jesus rose and conquered death. So what Paul does in these two verses that I just read with you goes back to the Old Testament to say luck resurrection is in some New Testament idea. It's been around for a long time.
It goes way back and was anticipated back in the Old Testament fact, you ought to know that far back in the Old Testament resurrection is spoken of some believe that the oldest book in the Bible is Job that he lived during the time of Abraham pre-Moses. He was one of the patriarch of figures he goes way, way back will Job. As you know was sick, but Job spoke about his own future resurrection, one of the great passages of Scripture is Job, chapter 19, listen to these verses. I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end he will stand upon the earth, and after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.
I myself will see them with my own eyes I and not another. Oh how my heart yearns within me.
Did you hear that centuries before there was ever a Redeemer centuries before there was even a hint of the gospel centuries before there was any unfolding of resurrection truth. You got a guy from the patriarchal period of the Old Testament, believing that though his body decays that his body will be able to in the future with his own eyes see his Redeemer. That's resurrection so it's as far back as the patriarchs is predicted in the patriarchs with a little bit forward. In the Old Testament.
It was also predicted in the Psalms as some people often wonder when the Bible says we just read that the Bible predicts the resurrection of Christ. They say where in the world. As a predictor resurrection right. Show me those Scriptures were Jesus resurrection is foretold is probably referring to Psalm 16. After all, that's exactly what Peter quoted in the book of acts chapter 2, he stands before the people of Jerusalem and asked to give validation for the resurrection of Christ. He quotes King David's words in Psalm 16 hears the words therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices.
My body will also rest secure because you will not abandon me to the grave nor will you let your holy one see decay how Peter pulls that out and says gentlemen David when he wrote that wasn't speaking about himself. Here's the proof. Here's his grave. He died in his grave is still here today.
He's in it.
So David must have been speaking as a prophet foretelling the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So it's anticipated in the period of the patriarchs in the period of the Psalms, and it's also anticipated by the prophets. Daniel chapter 12 verse two. Those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
So you get the idea. All throughout the Old Testament resurrection is anticipated both personally as well as for the Messiah. Very, very important because some people will say, well, you know, resurrection, some New Testament idea. It's never really been around at some disciple must've said eight. Let's add some really cool to our religion will say that you get to live again. Paul's point is, it's been around it's been anticipated. All of this time I heard a story about a four-year-old boy who went to a a Sunday school class on Easter.
Now this four-year-old boy was the son of an undertaker is never heard about the resurrection I was really weird him. You can imagine, this four-year-old boy Sunday school class Easter Sunday never been to church before they tell him about resurrection.
So he goes that's gives me when are you trying to tell me that a dead guy dead really dead. Got up again was alive and the teacher said that's exactly right that's the gospel and the little boy said I know my daddy didn't take care of them after he die because he never would.
I got back up. Then truth is, everybody's going to get back up, good and bad, evil and righteous one day. That's resurrection something else about resurrection as evidenced by this chapter.
The whole chapter is devoted to resurrection is one of the center points of Christianity becomes a crisis. What makes it the gospel.
Jesus died, was buried, and rose again.
And that's why almost every single sermon preached in the book of acts centers on the resurrection of Christ. It's at the heart of what we believe but not everybody believed in it. Not everybody then believed Bennett.
There's a whole group of Jews called Sadducees you you read about them in the New Testament, there were the Pharisees the legalist.
The Sadducees, the Sadducees did not believe in angels.
They did not believe in spirits and they did not believe in resurrection, and I was like to say that's why they were so sad. You see that no hope for the future. It was just here and now and it's over with no resurrection. They were the only ones the Greeks didn't believe in resurrection member Paul. He was in acts 17 preaching in Athens about the resurrection, and they thought he was nuts. Why, because to the Greek mind resurrection is abhorrent.
The body is a prison. The ideas to escape the prison of the body. Who would ever want to come back in this body. They couldn't fathom that. Then, in the New Testament. As we mentioned last week, there were two teachers, Paul names them Hymenaeus and full elitist second Timothy. He writes they have aired concerning the resurrection things already passed over done. There is no future resurrection. Now we have a group of people in the church at Corinth denying resurrection altogether. All of that to say because it's the cornerstone of the gospel.
No wonder Satan attacks it at every turn and tries to pull it out and extracted even from among believers.
That's past resurrection was anticipated all throughout the Old Testament go to verse 20. Let's begin there with our second great truth going to the present resurrection is already activated.
Look at what he says but now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by man came death that Saddam by man M also came the resurrection of the dead.
That's Christ. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order Christ the firstfruits, there's that word again and afterward those who are Christ's at his coming. So here's what Paul is doing. He went back he went back and said okay this is predicted in the Old Testament been anticipated to spend anticipated all the way along, but the resurrection of Christ isn't just a past event an isolated event help. It started a chain reaction of events that includes our resurrection at this point, as was the Redeemer Christ. So will be the redeemed at his coming mission. You notice that the word twice mentioned firstfruits is a what on earth is he talking about what kind of languages that Jesus is the firstfruits it's a Jewish metaphor every year they had a feast feast of firstfruits was harvest time and the firstfruits was a sample of the produce that they would grow, they would bring up a little sample called offering, the firstfruits, the first installment and they would bring it as an offering before the Lord before they would harvest all of their crops.
Now here's the point, and it's very very important to be excited.
If you bring the first fruit offering. It means, by necessity, there will follow the harvest. If you have the firstfruits means the harvest is about to come.
So when Jesus rose from the dead.
That was the firstfruits, it must mean that the harvest the resurrection of all of God's children must follow, it's already been presently activated at the resurrection of Christ.
Now listen to this. Here's Paul speaking in acts 26 and he says I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead as a light to the Jews and the Gentiles alike. There's that same thought. He's the first and here again firstfruits, indicating the harvest is about to come.
Some of you might think it will wait a minute, we mean the first. Jesus wasn't the first guy to get up from the dead right there were people in the Old Testament the rose from the dead right and the New Testament before Jesus right first Kings 17 Elijah raises from the dead, a widow's son second king chapter 4 Elisha raises from the dead machine and my son turned the New Testament Lazarus gets raised from the dead gyrus's daughter gets raised from the dead, the son of the widow's name gets raised from the dead. All pre-resurrection of Christ. So what does Paul mean when he says, Jesus rose 1st and now he's the firstfruits remains very simple, although they raised from the dead first there resurrection is completely different than his resurrection because they rose only to die again. They didn't get raised in glorified permanent bodies.
They rose from the dead lived while I headed do it all over again. So they were the exception to the rule is appointed in every man to die once and after this the judgment, they die twice. That was the exception to the general rule. Jesus was different. He rose in a glorified body, not just in the same human body was his body, but glorified, and it was permanent would be forever. This is the firstfruits of that resurrection. Someday we will be getting out of bed just to polish your boots someday will be rising up to heaven to live in the glorious presence of the Lord, that certainly arise and shine to look forward to his if you can say that that something your future holds for sure we can help you with give us a call at 192 to 1880 letter share with you how life with Christ can provide a future where you will rise and shine. You can also learn more about that when you click on the new God firstname.lastname@example.org and remember today's teaching rise and shine, as well as the entire series from the edge of eternity are available for your home audio library. You can listen again, or even share it with a friend or more in order email@example.com as we finish out today I want to invite you to add Skip's teaching library to your television by adding the Skip I took Roku channel for access to hundreds of teachings live streaming of all teaching events and more. That's the Skip isopropyl channel all the info should connect with.
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