Matthew Lesson 29 Day 4

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Matthew Lesson 29 Day 4

Matthew 28:1-15; Acts 1:3-11; 1 Corinthians 15:1-19

9. Convincing proofs

“…how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?” 1 Corinthians 15:12

Acts 1:3 The Greek word TEKMERION translated as “convincing proofs” is not used anywhere else in the Bible. According to Strong’s Concordance, it means “a token (as defining a fact), i.e. criterion of certainty.”

There are a number of scriptural references to Jesus’ appearances to His followers during the forty-day period between the resurrection and His ascension.

Documented appearances

– Mary Magdalene. — John 20:14-17

– Mary, Salome, Joanna, and at least one other woman on resurrection morning. — Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1; Luke 24:10

– Simon Peter — Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthian 15:5

– Clopas and a companion on their way to Emmaus. — Luke 24:13-33

– His disciples in Jerusalem behind closed doors where they were hiding from the Jews. Thomas was not present. Jesus showed them His hands and His side. He also ate something because they doubted He was there in the flesh. — John 20:19-24

– His disciples eight days later with Thomas present. — John 20:26-29

– Seven disciples at the Sea of Tiberias — John 21:1-23

– His disciples and a large gathering at a mountain in Galilee; More than 500 brothers — Matthew 28:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:6

– James. — 1 Corinthians 15:7

– Disciples, possibly in Jerusalem before He led them out to the Mount of Olives — Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:3-11

10.  The importance of Jesus’ physical resurrection—

– Jesus’ said He had the authority to lay down His life and to take it up again. (John 10:17-18)

– According to prophecy, the Messiah would not remain in the place of the dead nor would His body decay. (Acts 2:31 with Psalm 16:10)

– There would be no need to repent because there would be no judgment and no eternal life. (Acts 17:30-31)

– Because of Jesus’ resurrection, at the last trumpet, we will be changed from corruptible to incorruptible. From mortal to immortal. Death has no victory. (1 Corinthians 15:45-58)

– Jesus’ resurrection demonstrates the immeasurable greatness of God’s power. We are figuratively buried with Him and raised with Him to a brand new life. (Ephesians 1:18-20; Romans 6:4)

– Paul was comforting those who mourned the passing of another believer. He said we have the hope of seeing them again in eternity. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)

– Jesus is a new type of priest of a new and living way. (Hebrews 7:16, 23-28)

– Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we have an inheritance waiting for us—An inheritance that won’t decay or lose its value. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

11. a. Personal impact of Jesus’ resurrection

Physical death is not the end.

Our God works miracles. He even has authority over death.

b. Personal difference to me.

Jesus made it possible for me to speak directly to our heavenly Father.

I will see my family members again and they will see me.

Blessed hope.

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