The Story of Jesus Jesus' Resurrection (Lesson 15)
1. To help us grow in our knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18), we are studying "The Story of Jesus" as it is revealed in the Scriptures (John 5:39). 2. This lesson is a study of "Jesus' resurrection." 3. Let us first point out that . . . Discussion: I. JESUS' RESURRECTION IS A SIGNIFICANT EVENT
A. The Lord's resurrection was prophesied in: 1. Psalm 16:8-11 (Acts 2:25-31) 2. Isaiah 53:9-10. B. Jesus' resurrection is a proof of His divinity (Romans 1:1-4). C. Jesus' resurrection is an important part of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). D. If Jesus was not resurrected, we have no hope (1 Corinthians 15:13-19). E. Because the Lord's resurrection is such a significant event, let us turn our attention to . . . II. THE DETAILS OF JESUS' RESURRECTION
A. The details of the Lord's resurrection are recorded in: 1. Matthew 28:1-8 2. Mark 16:1-8 3. Luke 24:1-12 4. John 20:1-10. B. After convincing Pilate to secure the Lord's tomb (Matthew 27:62-66), the Jewish leaders bribed the soldiers who guarded the tomb (Matthew 28:11-15). C. Despite this effort to deny that Jesus was raised, many witnesses saw Him after His resurrection [the following is not a complete list]. 1. Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9-11; John 20:11-18). 2. Jesus appeared to Cleopas and a companion (Luke 24:13-31). 3. Jesus appeared numerous times to the apostles during the 40-day period that followed His resurrection (Acts 1:1-3). 4. In addition to the apostles, Jesus appeared to others (1 Corinthians 15:5-8).