Posts Tagged ‘Resurrection


Jesus Didn’t Rise From The Dead

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This is the first message in our series, “Fake News & Alternative Facts.”



The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is about Jesus’ Resurrection and is based on 1 Corinthians 15.


If You Had Been Here

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 11:1-44 and is about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.


There Is A Resurrection

As we read the story of Luke 20:27-40, we probably have many questions about Jesus’ words.  The Sadducees were a sect of Jewish priests (Luke calls them the “chief priests”) and according to one commentary, they controlled the Jewish temple.  Apparently they did not believe in a resurrection of the dead.  This is the crux of the matter in today’s passage.  Do people live forever and ever?  Once we die, what happens?  The Sadducees did not believe in a resurrection and they wanted to get Jesus’ opinion on the matter.
In those days, if a man died childless, his wife would be passed along to the next oldest brother so that she could bear children by him.  The Sadducees concoct a story where this happens over and over again.  If there is a resurrection from the dead, they say, then whose wife will she be in eternity?  Jesus says that it doesn’t matter for in Heaven, things are different than they are here on earth.  In Heaven there is no need for procreation because people will never die.  The marriage relationship will be so much different.  It will be perfected.  The jealousy will be gone because sin will be done away with.  Imagine never fighting over money with your spouse again!  There will be no more hiding and lying.  There will be no more cheating and deception.
That is not the point of this story, though.  The point of the story is that there is indeed a resurrection of the dead.  Jesus proves it by pointing to Exodus where the Living God says that He is the God of the patriarchs of Israel.  Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had all long since died by the time Moses comes on the scene.  Yet, God was still their God.  In other words, they were alive and living forever!  I think that Jesus’ wise words can comfort us and help us to see that eternity does not begin at His second coming.  It appears that Paul’s words of being absent from the body and present with the Lord are true.  When we die, we go to a place of comfort and peace.  We who follow Jesus go to be with Jesus.  That is a day I am looking forward to!
PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for the promise of resurrection.  Help me to hold onto that promise today.  Help me to keep my eyes on the prize of Heaven where I will one day be with You.  In Jesus’ name, amen.
Luke 20:27-40 (NIV)

27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30 The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”

34 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

39 Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” 40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions.



The Power Of God For Everyone

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.


It Was No Ghost

It was no ghost that the disciples were seeing on that day when Jesus appeared to them.  It was not the spirit of Jesus who was standing among them.  It was Jesus  in the flesh!

Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.​ – Luke 24:39 (NIV)​

Then Jesus asked for a piece of fish and He ate it in front of them.  If He had been a mere ghost, the fish would have fallen to the floor.  But Jesus was truly alive!
He had been raised from the dead and now, everything would change.  Nothing would ever be the same.  He commanded His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received power from on high.  Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit and about 50 days after His resurrection, He did just that.  The Holy Spirit of God came in power upon the apostles and things began to change.  They preached the Word of God boldly.  They healed the sick.  They raised the dead.  They changed the world.  They went from cowering in an upper room wondering what to do next to going boldly into the world to change it for God’s glory.  You and me, we are the legacy of the apostles.  We stand on their shoulders and are filled with the same Holy Spirit.  Let us resolve ourselves to going into our world to boldly change it for Jesus.  Let us do what the Spirit enables us to do in order to bring glory to God and lost sons and daughters home to the Father.
Luke 24:36-49 (NIV)

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them,“This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations,beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”


The Burning Heart Within You

When you hear the words of Jesus, does your heart burn within you?  After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to two men walking from Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus.  They didn’t recognize Him.  Perhaps His resurrected body had been transformed, healed or His identity was kept secret from them.  In any case, they didn’t know who had joined them.  They were talking about what had happened the previous three days and now a “stranger” had joined them and asked them about their conversation.  They were incredulous.  Was this man the only one in Jerusalem who had not heard what had happened?!?  How was that even possible?  They told Him what had happened to Jesus and how His body was now missing.  They were hoping that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah, but now that hope seemed to be fading.
Now it was Jesus’ turn to be incredulous.  He explained what God had prophesied about the Messiah throughout the Old Testament.  Then, when He appeared to be leaving them, they asked Him to stay with them as evening was approaching.  Jesus agreed and then, at the evening meal, He broke bread and gave it to them after giving thanks for it.  It was then that their eyes were opened and they realized that they were with Jesus!  Then He disappeared from their sight.  The two men ran off to see the 11 disciples and tell them that they had seen the Lord.
One of the interesting phrases in this passage is after Jesus is revealed, one of the two men says to the other:

Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us? – Luke 24:32 (NIV)

As they heard Jesus explaining the Scriptures, their hearts burned within them.  When you hear and read the Word of God, does your heart burn within you?  God’s Word is amazing!  It has the power to give life to the spiritually dead.  It has the power to call the lost home.  It has the power to change the sinner into the saint.  It is a love letter from God to you.  It is a road map to our heavenly home.  It is an instruction manual for how to please God through obedient living.  It tells us everything we need to know about how to have a real relationship with God based on love and grace and not on following rules.  It teaches us to follow Jesus and live for Him.  My prayer for you today is that this living, active Word will cause your heart to burn with passion and excitement as you read it.  For the Word of God is life-changing and it can bring about an amazing transformation in your life.
Luke 24:13-35 (NIV)
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

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