A Sermon About Resurrection
1 Cor. 15:1-58
Today is considered the resurrection day of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I’m very
sure that most of the Pastors will be preaching about the resurrection. I think it’s also a
good idea to preach about resurrection today. I know most of you have heard and knows
about it, but it’s always good to remind everybody that the Lord Jesus Christ rose from
the dead. Do you know that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is where Christianity stands
or falls? The Word of God says that “if Christ be not risen, then our preaching vain, and
your faith is also vain (1 Cor. 15:14). Death has no power to the King of Kings and Lord
of Lords. We will continue our lesson on 1 Corinthian next week if the Lord wills.
Illustration 1: “Proofs” From Mount of Transfiguration
The sudden appearance of Moses and Elijah, on the mount (Luke 9:30) settles many agelong
1. On life after death. The appearance of these dead saints, very much alive,
demonstrated that there is life after death.
2. On reincarnation. Moses and Elijah appeared as individual persons. They were
not reincarnated under other forms of creatures. There is nothing here of Hindu
“karma,” (the consequence to determine the nature of persons next existence)
which supposedly issues in a nirvana (state of perfect happiness and peace).
3. On recognition of saints. Moses was still recognized as Moses, and Elijah was
still Elijah. We would be able to recognize each other in the resurrection.
4. On soul sleep. This disproves the theory of soul sleep, as both Moses and Elijah
were alive consciously and in conversation.
5. On glorified bodies. Moses and Elijah had bodies which could suddenly appear
and disappear; similar in structure, height, and appearance, yet different in
texture. This gives us a glimpse of our future resurrected bodies.
6. Fellowship of saints. Moses and Elijah evidently enjoyed fellowship in heaven, as
they talked with Christ.
7. Knowledge of earthly events. Moses and Elijah were apparently intelligently in
touch with earth. They talked with Jesus of “His decease which He should
accomplish at Jerusalem.” They are absolutely joyful and forever satisfied in their
glorified state. Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.
I. The Resurrection of Christ
A. There were some in Corinth who taught that Jesus did not rise from the
dead, 1 Corinthians 15.
B. Paul gives a definite answer in I Corinthians 15:20, “But now is Christ
risen from the dead.”
C. There were many who witnessed Jesus’ bodily resurrection:
1. Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene, John 20:117.
2. Jesus appeared to the women, Mark 16:1-3.
3. Jesus appeared to Peter, Mark 16:7; see also Luke 24:34.
4. The disciples on the Emmaus Road, Luke 24:16.
5. The eleven disciples, Luke 24:33; see also Acts 11:23-26.
6. The disciples including Thomas in the upper room, John 20:25-28.
7. The disciples at the sea of Tiberias, John 21:1.
8. To the eleven disciples on the mountain, Matthew 28:16.
9. To five hundred brethren, 1 Corinthians 15:6.
10. To the eleven at Bethany where He ascended, Luke 24:36-51.
Illustration 2: The Living One
A Mohammedan and a Christian were discussing their religions and had agreed that both
Mohammed and Christ were prophets. Where, then, lay the difference? The Christian
illustrated it this way: “I came to a crossroads and I saw a dead man and a living man.
Which one did I ask for directions?” The response came quickly, “The living one, of
course.” “Why, then,” asked his friend, “do you send me to Mohammed who is dead,
instead of Christ who is alive?” This is the basic difference between Christ and every
other religious leader. All the others came into the world, lived, and died—but none of
them lived again. The resurrection of Christ was the one event that persuaded His
disciples once for all that He was the Christ, God’s Son.
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II. The Resurrection Hope 1 Corinthians 15:17, 18
A. Our entire faith rests or falls with the resurrection. If Christ did not die and
was not raised from the dead, then:
1. Your faith is vain.
2. You are still in your sins.
3. All who have died have perished.
4. Then there will be no future reunions with loved ones, but Christ did
rise from the dead!
5. Because Jesus rose, we have a positive hope of reunion. Because Jesus
rose from the dead, every man, woman, and child shall rise from the
III. The Resurrection of the Dead
A. There are at least four different resurrections spoken of in the Bible.
1. The resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:20). The O.T. feast of first
fruits was a picture of Christ’s resurrection as the first fruit of those
who sleep in death (Lev. 23:9-14).
2. The resurrection of N.T. believers at the Rapture (1 Cor. 15:23; 1Th.
3. The resurrection of Israel and O.T. saints at the coming of Christ (Dan.
12:1-3,13; Rev. 20:4-6).
4. The resurrection of the unsaved dead following the Millennium (Rev.
20:5-15). The saved shall be raised to eternal glory; the unsaved to
eternal punishment and shame (Jn. 5:28-29).
Illustration 3: It Matters Not How Long in the Grave
A closely sealed vase was found in a mummy pit in Egypt by the English traveler
Wilkinson. In it were discovered a few peas, old, wrinkled, and hard as a stone. The peas
were planted carefully under a glass, and at the end of 30 days, they sprang into life, after
having lain sleeping in the dust of a tomb for almost 3,000 years—a faint illustration of
the mortal body which shall put on immortality. “Because He lives, we shall live also.”
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IV. The Resurrection Body
A. 1 Corinthians 15:35-49 There are some who deny the resurrection of the
body, saying that the post-resurrection product will be a spirit only.
1 Corinthians 15;44 says it is raised a spiritual body, not a spirit without a
body. I Corinthians 15:35 asks two questions: ‘How are the dead raised
up?” By God’s power.
B. “And with what body do they come?” Paul proceeds to answer the second
1. It is not the same body, verse 37. The dead body is like a seed planted
in the ground and the plant is different from the seed that was planted.
The crippled or burned body at death will not be like that in the
resurrection. It will germinate and mature as the other bodies. There
will be no aged, deformed, crippled or ugly bodies in heaven.
2. It is a God-given body, verse38. It is according to the sovereign will of
God. John 3:2, “When He shall appear, we shall be like Him.” (that is,
3. It will be a body suited in every way to the individual spirit, verse 38,
“. . . to every seed his own body.” Verses 41,42, the stars differ, and so
will our bodies.
4. It will be an incorruptible body, verse 42. This body will be incapable
of death or decay. Those condemned in hell will need this kind of body
to endure forever and forever in hell. This human body would
5. It will be a glorious body, verse 43. Probably like the glorious bodies
in Matthew 17 at the Transfiguration — radiant in white glory.
6. It will be a body of power, verse 43. It will not be subject to the laws
of earth. Jesus’ body passed through locked doors and solid walls.
Jesus ascended easily.
7. It will be a spiritual body, verse 44. Jesus’ earthly body was one of
flesh, blood and bones. Jesus’ resurrection body had flesh and bones
but it did not have blood. The blood was poured out on the cross. Luke
24:39 “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me,
and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.’ After
this Jesus ate fish and and honeycomb, Luke 24:42,43.
V. The Resurrection Mystery 1 Corinthians 15:51-54
A. The mystery: It is not necessary for all of us to die. Some will be alive
when Jesus returns and will be raptured. The living shall be changed, verse
52, “And we shall be changed,” proving that the resurrection body is
different, yet likely similar to our present bodies. the living body must put
on incorruption, I Corinthians 15:52, and immortality, 1 Corinthians
VI. Resurrection Song 1 Corinthians 15:54-57
A. Verse 54 — death is swallowed up in victory.
B. Verse 55 — the sting of death is gone.
C. Verse 55 — the grave has lost its victory.
D. Verse 57 — victory is ours through Christ.
Illustration 4: A Sign for Unbelievers
Well over three hundred verses are concerned with the subject of Jesus’ resurrection in
the New Testament. We are told that this event is a sign for unbelievers (Matt. 12:38-40);
cf. John 20:24-29) as well as the answer for the believer’s doubt (Luke 24:38-43). It
serves as the guarantee that Jesus’ teachings are true (Acts 2:22-24; 1 Cor. 15:12-20) and
is the center of the gospel itself (Rom. 4:24-25, 10:9; 1 Cor. 15:1-4). Further, the
resurrection is the impetus for evangelism (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 10:39-43), the key
indication of the believer’s daily power to live the Christian life (Rom. 6:4-14, 8:9-11;
Phil. 3:10) and the reason for the total commitment of our lives (Rom. 7:4; 1 Cor. 15:57-
58). The resurrection even addresses the fear of death (John 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:54-58; cf.
Heb. 2:14-15) and is related to the second coming of Jesus (Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7). Lastly,
this event is a model of the Christian’s resurrection from the dead (Acts 4:2; 1 Cor. 6:14;
1 Thess. 4:13-18) and provides a foretaste of heaven for the believer (Phil. 3:20-21; 1
Immortality – The Other Side of Death by Gary R. Habermas & J. P. Moreland, Thomas
Nelson Publishers, 1992, p. 245.
Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The evidence is overwhelming that
no court of the law here on earth can deny. We have a sure faith that even if
we die, we will live again. Would you like to live again after you die? Will
you come to Christ? Repent from your sins and receive Him as your personal