April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday/The Festival of our Lord’s Resurrection
Sermon Title: “VICTORY”
Scriptures: I Corinthians 15:35-44, 53-58; Matthew 28:1-10
Scriptures Texts: When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:54-57 (NRSV)
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” Matthew 28:5-7 (NRSV)
Sermon Focus: If Jesus died on the Cross for the forgiveness of sins, why the resurrection? Isn’t it enough that my sin is forgiven? Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb demonstrates the power of God’s love to defeat the power of sin and death. Not just in the future life beyond our earthly life, but in our life on earth as well. Because Jesus lives, we, too, can live fully and completely now and eternally.