The Power of the Resurrection ~ Min. Oluwafemi Ajayi
Topic: The Power of the Resurrection
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-19
Speaker: Min. Oluwafemi Ajayi
Date: 9th March 2023. 1st Service
1 Corinthians 15:1-19 (NIV)
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.
2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve.
6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.
16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.
19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Athens is the capital of Greece and Corinth was just by the side, they never believed in the resurrection and their doctrine has begun to infiltrate into the doctrine that Paul had laboured to preach.
The gospel of our faith is upon a stand and we preach and celebrate the gospel today because:
Christ died for our (your) sins: our life would have made not much sense if Christ didn’t die. Christ died and He was buried, if the prince of this world had known, He wouldn’t have crucified Christ because when they sealed it up God himself knew that what was meant to be executed had been executed.
The power of the resurrection we are celebrating today wouldn’t have happened if Christ had not died. If you take away the resurrection from our Christian faith then we are powerless. The power in the gospel is that Christ died and was resurrected. The power of the gospel is in the resurrection. Amid all chaos, shattered dreams and hope know that THE JESUS THAT YOU SERVE IS ALIVE and that will restore your hope.
The resurrection brought us grace and hope, and that is why as Christians we are confident in any situation where it seems hopeless.
Jesus died, He was buried and He was resurrected! Psalms 24:7-10. If the resurrection power is not working in our lives, then we believed in vain, 1 Corinthians 15:2.
Let your resurrection power quicken every dead thing in my life, every hopeless situation in my life, let the resurrection power bring to life.