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All About the Resurrection

Pastors don’t just get to preach resurrection; we get to live it.

Introduction

Are you really who you say you are?

We are doubted every day. Every time we log in. Every time we swipe. Every time we try to unlock our phones.

Are you really who you say you are?

Yes, here’s my password. Here’s my key code. Here’s my fingerprint.

We are doubted several times a day. It’s woven into the fabric of our days. Make up a new password. Set up a user ID. Haul out your ID card.

Are you really who you say you are?

It’s a common problem, and an old one.

During his ministry, Jesus was doubted all the time.

If he was really a prophet, he would know that this woman is a hooker.

If he was really a rabbi, he would wash his hands before he eats.

If he was really the Messiah, he would be from Bethlehem.

Even while he was dying, he was doubted: If you are the son of God, save yourself.

Are you really who you say you are?

And that’s the question that still hangs in the air when it comes to Jesus: Is he really who he says he is? Was he really who he said he was?

The question is not about whether or not he did miracles. Other prophets before him like Moses and Elijah did miracles. Other rabbis around the same time period are reported to have done miracles. The Catholic church has an entire system in place to prove that people have done miracles. It’s not about the miracles.

And it’s not about the good teaching. It’s not about generosity. It’s not about caring for the poor, women, or lepers because other people did and do those things.

What it all comes down to is this: Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

Other people have been great teachers. Other people have performed miracles. But only one person claimed to rise from the dead. Only one has followers who say that he rose …

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