Shadows Don't Sting - Draper
Isaiah 11:6-8 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
Question: How should we approach death?
It is possible to be ANGRY at death and ANCHORED by the resurrection at the same time.
The facts of the resurrection have to be CLEAR in your mind before they can be a COMFORT to your soul.
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one born at the wrong time.
Question: What are the facts?
- EMPTY tomb
- EYEWITNESS testimony
- CHANGED lives
Christianity can’t be true, because the written accounts of the resurrection are based on the testimony of women—and we all know that women are hysterical. –Celsus (Greek philosopher, 2nd century A.D.)
Skeptics must provide more than alternative theories to the resurrection; they must provide first-century evidence for those theories. -Gary Habermas
Question: How do the facts of the resurrection affect my life today?
Because he went first I know that death is something everyone has to FACE, but I don’t have to FEAR.
1 Corinthians 15:14-23 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will be raised.
1 Corinthians 15:54-55 When this happens—when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die—then at last the Scriptures will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”