Chapter 2

Six Angles for Preaching on the Resurrection of Christ

These six angles will help keep your Easter preaching fresh.

The Gospels do not present the precise moment of the Resurrection. That would be to stare straight into the sun itself. The Gospels do present the immediate aftermath of the Resurrection. They agree on seven significant aspects of Christ's resurrection: it was early in the morning, the first day of the week, the tomb was open, it was empty, angelic messenger(s) were present, it was discovered by the women, and there was a commission related to his appearance. Each of these promises a rich and textured opportunity to preach Christ's resurrection.

Apologetic evidence

This generation of preachers is likely to overlook strong classics from an earlier time. Frank Morison's Who Moved the Stone? and Ray Summers's The Life Beyond have often been imitated, but not exceeded. For a more recent defense of the historical accuracy of the empty tomb, consult N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God.

These and other works present apologetic evidence. For example, how was it that the ...

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