About this Episode
Thanks for joining us this week on the RIOT Podcast, a Christian podcast talking about today’s hot topics! As the guys continue speaking on Prophecy and End Times while they go through a book called "End Times in Chronological Order" by Ron Rhodes. Today the guys will be discussing the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that it is the central truth of the Christian faith. Without it, there is no such thing as the Christian faith.
They will be expounding on the following verse:
Philippians 3:10-11 AMP “And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]; 11 [a]so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead.
They guys talk about the power of the resurrection and what that power means for Christians, the artifacts that prove the happenings of the crucifixion and his resurrection.
The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for all His people. Death is no longer a prison, but a passage into God’s presence. Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”
“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!”
His Tomb is empty!! Mathew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-8 and Luke 24:1-12
They continue the discussion of answering; If a person dies, will they live again? (Job 14:14). "Is this life all that there is? Or is there life beyond the grave?
The Apostles believed of His resurrection to their Death. They literally died because of their faith. Who does this unless it is true?
● Peter and Paul: Both martyred in Rome about 66 AD, during the persecution under Emperor Nero. Paul was beheaded. Peter was crucified, upside down at his request, since he did not feel he was worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.
● Andrew: went to the "land of the man-eaters," in what is now the Soviet Union. Christians there claim him as the first to bring the gospel to their land. He also preached in Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey, and in Greece, where he is said to have been crucified.
● Thomas: was probably most active in the area east of Syria. Tradition has him preaching as far east as India, where the ancient Marthoma Christians revere him as their founder. They claim that he died there when pierced through with the spears of four soldiers.
● Philip: possibly had a powerful ministry in Carthage in North Africa and then in Asia Minor, where he converted the wife of a Roman proconsul. In retaliation the proconsul had Philip arrested and cruelly put to death.
● Matthew: the tax collector and writer of a Gospel ministered in Persia and Ethiopia. Some of the oldest reports say he was not martyred, while others say he was stabbed to death in Ethiopia.
● Bartholomew: had widespread missionary travels attributed to him by tradition: to India with Thomas, back to Armenia, and also to Ethiopia and Southern Arabia. There are various accounts of how he met his death as a martyr for the gospel.
● James: the son of Alpheus is one of at least three James referred to in the New Testament. There is some confusion as to which is which, but this James is reckoned to have ministered in Syria. The Jewish historian Josephus reported that he was stoned and then clubbed to death.
The reason why the Gospel is still being preached today is that the Resurrection really did happen. It’s the cornerstone in everything we believe.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in 1 Corinth 15:12-19:
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? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover, we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we witnessed against God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied
So according to Paul, if Christ has not been raised then the following would be true.
● The apostles are liars for testifying to a resurrection that did not occur.
● Christian preaching is empty and so is anyone's faith because the object of the faith, Christ, is not who He said He was.
● No forgiveness has been granted for anybody's sin.
● Those who have died believing in Christ have no hope.
● If hope in Christ is limited to this life, Christians are to be pitied above all people.
● There Is No Meaning For Humanity If Christ Is Not Risen
● Without the resurrection, Christianity has no meaning for humanity - its founder would have been a liar and a failure, and its followers would have no hope. Thus the importance of the resurrection to the Christian faith cannot be overestimated.
How does the Resurrection of Jesus change my life?
The Resurrection Was Unique To Christianity, The resurrection of Jesus Christ is unique to the Christian faith - no other religious figure has ever predicted his own resurrection, and then accomplished it. All other world religions are based on a founder who lived in the past and whose religion is his only legacy. Mohammed died at age 61 on June 8, A.D. 632 in Medina. He is still dead. Confucius died and Buddha also died. They also remain dead - Jesus Christ is alive!
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