(Part 1) 2020 Resurrection Sunday Message:
Raised Up With Christ
By Pastor Robbie Casas
As we cap the celebration of Holy Week, how wonderful that we commemorate the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!
We are all familiar with how critical to our salvation and our Christian faith the fact of Jesus’ resurrection is.
1Cor 15:12-19: “12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if
Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” This passage basically tells us that if Christ remained in the grave, our Christian faith is useless, what we preach is worthless and those who have died believing in Christ are hopeless. Worst of all, our sins remain unforgiven and we would be forever condemned. Putting all this together makes us all the “most to be pitied” on the face of this earth.
Rom 10:9: “9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” This verse tells us that the gospel we must believe in includes not only trusting in Jesus’ vicarious sacrifice on the cross but also in His glorious resurrection from the dead.
Jn 11:25-26: “25 Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die….’” Here we are told by Christ Himself that believing in Him as the risen Lord secures for us eternal life.
Rom 6:4: “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” What is highlighted in this verse is not only our identification (being made one) with Christ’s death and burial, but also with His resurrection so that even now we live that new life in Christ.
But today, in the light of the present crisis, I would like us to see how the truth of the resurrection of Christ can serve to bring us hope and encouragement in a time of great uncertainty and despair. THIS IS A DOCTRINE OF A FUTURE OF ASSURANCE IN THE ACTUAL PRESENCE OF GOD FOREVER THAT SHOULD HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR PRESENT FAITH AND LIFE.