Church Requel
Resurrection Reality
He is risen! Today is Easter, the day we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. The single greatest day in the history of mankind. The day when death lost and life won. The day when Evil lost and Good won. The day when mortality lost and eternity won. What about the resurrection? Was it real? Is there any real evidence that would stand up to today’s skeptic? Today we’ll talk about 3 of the most often used challenges to Jesus’ resurrection. Then we’ll pivot to the 4 ways that the reality of resurrection should change us.
Locations & Times
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  • Church Requel
    2 Marion Ave, Mansfield, OH 44903, USA
    domingo 11:00 AM
Easter Egg Hunt
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We will offer a fun Easter Egg hunt for all the children immediately following today's worship service. Parents please go with your children on the hunt. All other adults please line Park Avenue and Marion Avenue and help keep our kiddos safe. Should be a good time for everyone!
Potluck Meal Next Sunday
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Come next week with plans to stay after the worship service and enjoy a meal with all your Church Requel family and friends. Families bring two dishes to share. Single folks bring one dish. The church will provide a main meat dish, plates and silverware.
Membership Class
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We will offer a new members class starting Sunday, April 17th. The class will be offered for 3 Sunday nights at 6pm here at the church. There is a signup registration in the foyer. Come and learn all about Church Requel. You do not have to become a member if you attend the class. However, you cannot become a member without first attending the class. Come and join us!

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3 Evidences of Jesus’ Real Resurrection:

#1. Was Jesus really dead?

The evidence of the _________________________.

“But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.” John 19:33-34NIV

Resurrection or resuscitation? Swoon theory?. Romans, making certain of Jesus’ death, thrust spear through right lung into heart. Flow of blood and water evidence of pericardial & pleural effusion. Roman executions experts at death. They had good reason - penalty for survival was their own execution. Besides, if one really wants to believe that Jesus survived the cross, would a person in such a pathetic condition ever have inspired his disciples to go out and proclaim that he’s the Lord of life who had triumphed over the grave?

#2. Was Jesus’ tomb really empty?

The evidence of the __________________________.

“The women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Luke 24:1-3 NIV

The whole idea of Christianity centers around the resurrection. No resurrection, no Christianity. Jesus was seen alive. He was seen dead. Then he was seen alive again. Many witnesses to the empty tomb on Easter morning.

There is a historical core to the story. Tomb visited by small group of women. They see a vision of angels saying Jesus is risen. Differences in names, exact time, # of angels all secondary details. Multiple -independent witnesses. No collusion. If 2 witnesses tell exactly the same story down to nitty-gritty details, collusion is usually suspected.

#3. Was Jesus really seen alive after death?

The evidence of the ______________________________.

“[Christ] appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living…” 1 Corinthians 15:5-6 NIV

This 1 Cor. passage is the earliest creed. Predates any of the gospels. Received by Paul and passed on to others. “Most of whom are still living…” You would never include that phrase unless you were inviting people to go check out your sources. The earliest Christians didn’t just endorse Jesus’ teachings, they were convinced they had seen him alive after his conclusion. Consider that each of these disciples were also martyred. No one would die a real death to protect a pretend resurrection story.
4 Ways the Reality of Jesus’ Resurrection Changes Me:

#1. I no longer _____________________.

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Cor. 15:55

We can fear dying itself, but not death itself. Once we accept Jesus’ resurrection and then our future resurrection, death is no longer “the end.” It’s not oblivion. Death becomes the doorway into the next life. Death is transition. Death is the “and” to the sentence of life, not the period at the end of it.

Our Bibles teach us more. We will live in a new, resurrected body. The cells in THIS body are programmed to die. The cells in our NEXT body will be programmed to live! Death is not the end. Death is not reincarnation. Death is not annihilation. Death is a trade-in!

No more cancer. No more abuse. No more hatred. …crime. … sadness.… hurt. … brokenness. … sickness. No more death! Ever! For anyone!

#2. I mourn the passing of loved ones as ___________________.

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NIV

There is no such thing a losing a loved one to death AND not grieving. We do grieve. We do hurt. We do weep. We suffer the pangs of apart-ness. But… we “do not grieve like the rest of mankind.” Why? Because we have hope. And not just hope which may (or may not) happen. We know we will see our Christian loved ones again. We are separated. Temporarily. And for a period of time that is so short compared to the eternity we will enjoy together with Christ.

We cannot avoid grief, but we can avoid the destruction that comes from grief with hopelessness. Death is not a permanent split for believers in Christ, only a temporary separation. We will be reunited. And for eternity. Imagine how distant any grieving now will be after a thousand years with all who you love and who love you. You probably won’t even remember.

#3. I live my life now with __________________.

“Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4 NIV

As Christians today we often talk about our future resurrections. Hidden within that is the acknowledgment of our future deaths. But what about our past deaths? The Bible teaches that for the Christ-follower, one death has already occurred - our death to ourselves. Our lives that we live now, we live in Christ. Christ literally is the life that beats within us. That’s why we cannot really die. Because Christ within us cannot really die.

That means the life we live now we live to Christ - according to His teachings and His principles of real and abundant living. That translates into the choices we make are not choices for this temporary life on this side of physical death, but are choices we make for all eternity. We distinguish between the Eternal, which (who) will never die and always live, and the Temporary, which is here today but gone tomorrow. What (Who) is eternal? God. God’s Word. People. Life. Love. Grace. Mercy. Joy. Peace. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness.

Our lives forever are changed by the choices we make today.

#4. I love my life now with ___________________.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

We end today with the greatest change that happens in the life of one who has concluded that the resurrection is real - I am loved by the One who was resurrected. In fact the love of Jesus is the whole reason for His coming, His dying, His resurrecting, and His forever living. He loves me. He loves you! And your life will be forever (emphasis on forever) be changed because of it.

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