TOPIC: Christ Is Risen
TEXT: Mt 26:47 – 28:10
MEMORY VERSE: Mt 28:5, 6
After Jesus faced much opposition for His teachings, He was betrayed by one of His disciples (Judas Iscariot), disowned by His own people (the Jews), crucified by the Romans and was buried. Crucifixion was a common mode of punishment among heathen nations in early times, and was regarded as the most humiliating and horrible form of death. Three days later Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples and many others, confirming that He is indeed King over life and death.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the cardinal facts and doctrines of the Gospel. If Christ did not rise from the dead, our faith would have been in vain (1Cor 15:14). The whole of the New Testament revelation rests on this historical truth. Our justification was secured by His obedience unto death and resurrection (Rom 4:25). His resurrection is a confirmation of His Sonship and Lordship (Rom 1:4; Act 17:31), a sure proof that He made a full atonement for our sins, that His sacrifice was accepted as a satisfaction to divine justice and His blood a ransom for sinners. It is also a pledge and an earnest assurance of the resurrection of all believers (Rom 8:11; 1Cor 6:14; Phil 3:21; 1Thes 4:16). As He lives, they shall live also.
1. Why did Jesus come to the world to suffer and die in the hands of sinners? (Isa 53:l-12; Jn 3:16; 1Pet 3:18)
2. What is the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus for Christians, and mankind in general? (Act 17:31; Rom 6:3-4; 1Cor 15:14-19; Phil 2:5-11)