7 Proofs That the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Really Happened (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #54 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Matthew 28:1-9: “…And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you…”

Peter Larson once said, “The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: ‘a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb.’ Jesus entered our world through a door marked, ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked ‘No Exit.'”

On yesterday, we looked at the reality of the virgin birth and saw how that it was essential for our salvation and for God’s plan of redemption. The virgin birth was indeed a miraculous event. And the event that we will talk about today is equally miraculous. We are talking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The resurrection is also one of the foundation stones of Christianity. Without the resurrection, as Christians, we have no real hope of life after death. If Jesus is not alive, then He is not preparing a home for us in Heaven. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:19: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” What Paul is saying is that if we only benefit from the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in this life, and have no hope beyond the grave, then we are just as good as dead. If Jesus was not resurrected, then we have no hope of being resurrected after death ourselves. So, for each of us, the stakes are high when it comes to the resurrection — eternity rests on whether or not the resurrection really happened.

I believe that God knew there would be many people who would refuse to believe that the resurrection happened, and that is why God left so much evidence behind to show that the resurrection of Jesus Christ did indeed take place. In fact, there is so much evidence surrounding the resurrection that we will not be able to cover all of it in this message, so we will deal with three evidences for the resurrection today and then look at more evidence on tomorrow.

1. The evidence of the empty tomb.

2. The evidence that the Bible records women as the first ones to learn that Jesus had been resurrected and the newsbearers of that fact.

3. The radical change in the lives of Jesus’ disciples is proof that Jesus rose from the dead

+ Plus, listen to Fred Hammond singing “Celebrate (He Lives)” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Why the Virgin Birth is Essential

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #53 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Larry King was once asked who he would most want to interview if he could choose any person from all of history. He said that person would be Jesus Christ. The questioner said, ‘If you could interview Jesus Christ, what would you like to ask Him?’ Larry King replied, “I would like to ask Him if He was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.”

Followers of Jesus Christ believe that Jesus Christ was in fact virgin-born. This is one of the foundation stones of the Christian faith. A great deal rests on the fact of Jesus being born of the virgin Mary without the aid of a human father. Without this essential part of God’s redemption process, our salvation would rest on a very shaky foundation.

What is it about the virgin birth that makes it so essential? Why is it so crucial to the redemptive plan of God? Today, allow me to share with you three reasons why we cannot do without the virgin birth if we are to have salvation from sin and eternal life with God in heaven.

1. The virgin birth is essential because without it, Jesus would not have been sinless.

2. The virgin birth is essential because without it, prophecy would not have been fulfilled.

3. The virgin birth is essential because without it, Jesus could not have been the Son of God.

+ Plus, listen to Ron Kenoly singing “Jesus is Alive” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”