Lesson 107—March 27, 2016
If There Was No Easter
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Matthew 28:1-8
Lesson Goal: To celebrate the truth of Jesus’ resurrection.
Please complete the following: If there was no Easter, .
How would you complete the Apostle Paul’s statement: “And if Christ is not risen, then___________” ?
Have you ever thought about how powerful the little word “if” can be? Perhaps we think on the “if” times in our lives with sorrow, grief, doubt, or regret. We say, “if only,” or “if I had it to do again.” Sometimes that little word makes all the difference. And there is no place it can take on greater meaning than when used in this phrase: “If there was no Easter…” “If” would steal away all that true believers are, all that we believe and all of our eternity.
“And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty” (V14). Paul tells us that our preaching would be in vain. For me, personally, that means that I would have given the last 42 years of my life in vanity and in preaching an empty lie. Paul’s testimony to the church in Corinth is that he preached the Gospel; they received it; he was persecuted because of it, and he labored much for it. If Christ is not risen, all of this has been in vain.
Today, upon the authority of the Word of God and the witness of many, we can stand and teach with absolute authority and assurance that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Today is a day of celebration.
Throughout the pages of Scripture, the children of God are told to remember the mighty works of God. As we have already learned during the past three years, remembering should lead us to celebration. To the follower of Jesus Christ, remembering leads to celebration of who God is and what God has done.
List 10 things which cause you to celebrate the goodness of God in your life. Please prayerfully respond.
Please read the following Scriptures:1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Luke 22:19-20; John 19:17-30.
What do these Scriptures teach us concerning remembering?
Today we celebrate the empty tomb. Please read Luke 24:1-12. What does the fact of the empty tomb mean to you?
Today we celebrate the victory over death. What does this fact mean to you?
We began this lesson with a simple little word “if.” Hallelujah! We know from the Word of God that there is no “if” when we read or speak of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Hallelujah! Jesus is alive!
For true believers, what does the knowledge of the fact of Jesus’ resurrection mean to us? What does it personally mean to you? Answer prayerfully.
Please complete this final statement: Because Jesus lives, ______________________________.
As in past years, the lesson has been kept brief on this special day to allow your class a time to remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Please use the remainder of your class time to testify, sing and celebrate the glorious truth that Jesus is alive!