Resurrection – Past, Future, Present

(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)

Jesus’ resurrection points to our resurrection in a resurrected creation – which has a new cosmos and a new earth.

Speakers notes follow –

Resurrection – Past, Future, Present

Resurrection – rising to eternal life

Past Resurrection

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. (Luke 24. 36-42)

I was a sceptic – no miracles/God – experiencing Presence changed me

For all evidence – read Case for Christ – Lee Strobel

Eyewitnesses – Jesus seen crucified – spear plunged – clot + serum – seen by groups (not illusion) – over 40 days – over 500 people – was touched – ate fish – had scars – fully healthy – passed through walls – tangable sightings

Effect – Resurrection preached under threat of torture, death – they were sure – Romans/Europe changed

Scientific evidence? Legal evidence! Legal is serious -life/death

Future Resurrection

Jesus resurrection points to resurrection of all creation

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev 21.1-4)

New heaven + earth – his kingdom come – God dwelling here

Old bodies a seed – old heaven/earth a seed

Now we die, suffer, have illness, poverty, earthquakes, tornados

New cosmos/heaven – solid sky with God above – userfriendly – Mars mission – training in Hawaii – lady wants one way ticket – helps appreciation – vast cosmos our habitat

Present Resurrection

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. ( Ro 8.22-24)

A peculiar people (KJV 1Pe 2.9)

Partly resurrected – new heart – desires God, talks of Jesus – not of this world – the world doesnt understand how you can sing to God for an hour

Some family don’t understand me doing ministry – ‘now he thinks he has to do ministry, can’t earn good money’ – No, love what I do – Its in my heart – not interested in money – ministry affects eternity – money doesn’t

Jesus wasn’t interested in travel (Rome) houses, money – lived for the new creation – resurrected life – peculiar!

Sometimes we don’t feel resurrected – when we are ill, lose loved one, fight with friend – other times we do – experience his presence, have prayer answered, experience healing – living in now + not yet

Why we need to fight the good fight of faith – called as agents of new world – lives must demonstrate resurrection

Firstfruits of the Spirit – you have a receiver – secret agent walk connected – hear his voice, download his power, speak his words – represent the future

Spirit tells you what to do – who to speak to heal – what to say – Jesus healed one at Bethesda – raised one in Bethany

Spirit a ticket to new world – deposit – spiritual resurrection brings physical

Heart donor – Evernote – through his death God has given us Jesus’ heart – whole new body + world coming

But what about your friends – one thing we can’t do in new world – win souls – nows in time – when Iast did you?

Past resurrection – explains present (Spirit within) – points to future creation

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