It’s interesting that Caleb’s first major project is centred around Easter: 

1 Cor. 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,

1 Cor. 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (ESV)

Paul delivered as of “First Importance” 

Everything about Jesus was unique:
• His birth
• His life
• His nature (totally God, totally man)
• His death and burial
• and ESPECIALLY His resurrection

Definition of Resurrection from Merriam Websters: 

The Resurrection is the World’s Main Event

“Two thousand years ago, in the Middle East, an event occurred that permanently changed the world. Because of that event, history was split. Every time you write a date, you’re using the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as the focal point.” – (Rick Warren)

World History Could be Divided Up As:

“The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom…It is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven. The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.” – (N.T. Wright)

1 Cor. 15:14 And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.

1 Cor. 15:15 And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead.

1 Cor. 15:16 And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised.

1 Cor. 15:17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.

1 Cor. 15:18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost!

1 Cor. 15:19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. (NLT)

The Resurrection places Jesus Christ in a class by Himself:

Without the Resurrection: 

Why is the opposite of those true?

A Living Faith with A Dead Saviour Isn’t Attainable

The Power of the Resurrection: 

Rom. 1:4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, (ESV)

Rom. 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (ESV)

Rom. 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus4 from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (ESV)

What the Resurrection Assures: 

John 11:25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

John 11:26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” (NLT)

STORY: when I was being drawn to Christ 

It was a little statement made – God used it:

TO MY SURPRISE: I received Jesus as Lord

Eph. 2:5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—(ESV)

What happens in us after a supernatural birth?

(Church Membership Can’t Do This)

What are the subsequent changes after a supernatural birth?

“In short, I didn’t become a Christian because God promised I would have an even happier life than I had as an atheist. He never promised any such thing. Indeed, following him would inevitably bring divine demotions in the eyes of the world. Rather, I became a Christian because the evidence was so compelling that Jesus really is the one-and-only Son of God who proved his divinity by rising from the dead. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take.” – (Lee Strobel)

These simple steps and truths: 

Rom. 10:9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (NLT)

Let’s pray: