Reading: John 20
Key Verse: John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
The purpose of the gospels is that the readers might read the facts and then place their trust in Jesus based on the evidence presented to them. The ultimate sign that authenticated the man Jesus to be also God is the resurrection. It is also the pivotal truth as regards human salvation. If the resurrection were to be proved false then Christianity would crumble, since it would be a mere religion like all the other religions in the world.
None of the disciples expected the resurrection. They were frightened that their own lives might be in danger. But that changed to boldly preaching that Jesus had risen from the dead, and willing to suffer and die for this belief. Why the change? Only the recorded reason that they met with the risen Lord Jesus makes sense.
Jesus’ resurrection shows that his sacrificial death, to pay the penalty of our sin, was accepted. And because Jesus rose we also shall be raised. This hope enabled the great Puritan, John Owen, while lying on his deathbed, to say “Stop” to his secretary who wrote ‘I am still in the land of the living’ then add “Change that and say ‘I am yet in the land of the dying, but I hope soon to be in the land of the living.'”
A: Resurrection Transformation
B: Resurrection Confirmation
C: Resurrection Anticipation
Series: Authentication Signs
Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 17 January 2015
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