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What if it's true?

A call to faith in the risen Christ
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Three Days". See series.


Several friends were talking in a restaurant when the conversation came around to dying. They asked each other what they would like to have said about them at their funerals. The first said, "I'd like them to talk about my career successes and all the good I did for people during my lifetime of hard work." The second said, "I'd like someone to tell what a great husband and father I was and how much I loved my family and my family loves me." The third said, "I'd like someone to say, 'His body just moved!'"

That's the story of Easter. Jesus was dead from crucifixion on Friday, and on Sunday morning his body moved! Listen to the record written by Luke the physician and historian.

Easter morning: unbelief

Luke 24:1-12:

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'" Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. ...

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Leith Anderson is president emeritus of the National Association of Evangelicals and Baptist pastor emeritus of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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Sermon Outline:


I. Easter morning: unbelief

II. Easter evening: hopelessness

III. What if it’s true?