Resurrection – The final sign

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

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.'”

Sermon Points:
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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Lazarus, back from the dead.

Rosskeen Free Church Sermons

Reading: John 11:1-54

Key Verse: John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’

This is the third resurrection that Jesus has administered. Jairus daughter raised to life shortly after she had died, then stopping the funeral procession on the way to bury an only son of a widow from Nairn. Now with Jesus’ friend Lazarus the time span between death and resurrection has increased to 4 days.

Jesus does not use His power to roll away the stone or unwrap Lazarus, but involves other people. The resurrection itself is spectacular miracle yet it’s purpose, as with all his miracles, is not to be a spectacle but a sign which authenticates Jesus claims, which in this case was “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” Then people can believe in Jesus based on evidence.

Jesus humanity is shown as he experiences the pain of the death of his friend, but in the execution of the miracle His Divinity is shown. Mary & Martha still looked to Jesus even though they thought all hope was gone.

Sermon Points:
A: Sign of love
B: Sign of life

Series: Authentication Signs

Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 23 November 2014

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