1. Theology and history go hand in hand in the real person of Jesus Christ, making the truth of the Gospels profoundly human and powerfully meaningful.
  2. God comes to us through the flesh and blood and spirit of Christ precisely where he promised to be manifest to us and for us.
  3. If Jesus did not rise, then religion is just religion — a mere anthropological phenomenon.
  4. The resurrection of Jesus encompasses the total and comprehensive glorification of a human being, not merely his restoration.
  5. Just as the grave could not hold the Lord of Life, neither could the calendar contain Easter to just one Sunday.
  6. In the resurrection Jesus transcended time, space, and death; those things which limit human existence. So, the stone was not rolled away for Jesus, but for the disciples and for us.
  7. The resurrection of Jesus was the moment when the one true God appointed the Man through whom the whole cosmos would be brought back into its proper order. A man got us into this mess; the Man would get it out again.
  8. Preaching the end times purposes to solicit and strengthen faith in the Savior of the world who is at the same time the Creator and Re-creator of the world.
  9. Mindful that the pagans’ understanding of death is a finality, Paul says, “NO!” Death is not the end of humanity in God’s new world.

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