This time of year, many people are focused upon the birth of Jesus. It seems that many people only give serious consideration to Him on two occasions throughout the year. Though His initial birth was important, I wish to focus our attention this morning on His second birth. What is this second birth? What does it mean for you and me?
I. The Significance of His Life and Death.
- Two of the most important events in the life of Jesus are often debated: His birth and His death.
- What each have brought us:
- God in the flesh – John 1.1-5, 14-18.
- Our Savior is here – Luke 2.10-11.
- We have the prospect of peace – Luke 2.13-14.
- A covenant relationship with God – Ephesians 2.13-14; 1 John 3.1.
- True peace – Philippians 4.7. Something real and something that can be experienced.
- Salvation for all – 1 Corinthians 15.45.
II. The Resurrection: An Event Which Transcends Time.
- Without His resurrection, He offers no hope – 1 Corinthians 15.12-19.
- The resurrection shows us…
- A living Savior – Luke 24.4-5.
- The power of God – Romans 1.1-4; 2 Corinthians 13.4.
- It guarantees our redemption.
- The resurrection was perhaps God’s greatest display of power.
III. The Resurrection Gives Us Hope in Death.
- Jesus conquered death. He overcame His captor…death itself!
- Isaiah foretold – Isaiah 25.8-9.
- The Hebrew writer confirmed – Hebrews 2.14-15.
- Because of Jesus’ resurrection believers can have:
- Confidence – 2 Corinthians 4.13-14.
- Victory – 1 Corinthians 15.51-57.
- Comfort – 1 Thessalonians 4.15-18.
- Psalm 23 – we can have no fear at death. It’s not the end…it’s the beginning.
- Psalm 33.18-22.
- Because of Jesus’ death – you can live!
- Before you can be raised from physical death – you must be raised spiritually.
- Will you be raised from the watery grave of baptism?
- Romans 6.3-4.
- We have been born again to a living hope – 1 Peter 1.3.
- Jesus resurrection (His second birth) is the most important gift to mankind.