WHY THE RESURRECTION MATTERS

1Corintinans 15:12-20
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?13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.14And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up–if in fact the dead do not rise.16For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 20But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Introduction
The greatest decision is were do you stand on the resurrection matter.
Corinth divide: Favourite preacher, sexual morality, the Lord’ supper, appropriate use of spiritual gifts. Plutoc Greek philosopher argued that the greatest existence of the eternal soul was when it was liberated by death from the incantation of the flesh.

The kingdoms of this world can only rule up to the grave. – This generation does not resurrection
Matthew 16:16Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.“ 17Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Matthew 27:62-66
62Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. 65Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. 66So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Matthew 28:11-15
11Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. 12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. 15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Grave Problem
1. Stone – control -rolled
2. The Seal – Governors power that has to be change remove
3. Soldier – a person to be confronted- restrained

Seven Reasons Why Is Resurrection Matters
1. His resurrection is a proof that he was the Christ.
2. His resurrection is a proof that the sin problem was resolved.
3. His resurrection is a proof that death has lost is power. Death cannot separate us.
4. His resurrection is a proof that my faith is not in vain – God is able.
5. His resurrection is a proof that our healing is guaranteed.
6. His resurrection is a proof that my fear are invalid -All enemies are under my feet. I beat him so bad the first time I don’t have to beat him again.
7. His resurrection is a proof that my forgiveness is not void.

Sin gave life to death – if there is no sin present there is no death. Kill death by getting rid of sin.
Secure your resurrection – give your life to Jesus.
2Corithians 5:21For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.