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Why You Can Live With Hope

Posted in Jesus Christ with tags , on April 7, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Read 1 Corinthians 15

We are living in a culture where there is a crisis of hope. The recent film Hurt Locker, which one an Oscar for best picture, highlights the state of hopelessness that is evident within people’s lives. Our culture communicates to us that hope is futile and we are condemned to live without an understanding of our lives and the world around us.

Leo Tolstoy once said, “Why should I live? Why wish for anything, or do anything? is there any meaning in my life that the inevitable death awaiting me does not destroy?”

Why is there a crisis of hope in our world?

I believe it’s because we have pushed the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ out of everyday life! On Good Friday we remember Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for the salvation of mankind but on Easter Sunday we are reminded that we can live with hope because Jesus Christ has risen from the dead.

The disciples, on Good Friday and Silent Saturday, were filled with hopelessness because they had forgotten that Jesus Christ was going to rise on the 3rd Day. When Jesus did rise from the dead, they were astonished and some found it hard to believe.

Skeptics in our culture still find it hard to believe that Jesus rose from the dead. The reality is Jesus’ resurrection is an historical fact more attested to than most other events in human history we take for granted. Skeptics cannot simply dismiss the resurrection of Jesus because key questions have to be answered. In fact, I think the burden of proof rests more on the shoulders of the skeptic to prove Jesus didn’t rise from the dead than on those who believe he did.

  • If Jesus resurrection didn’t happen you’ve got to explain why the church exploded the way it did?
  • Over 500 witnesses saw Jesus resurrected body
  • The Christian worldview of Jesus resurrection exploded in a short time when ordinarily world-views take many years of discussion and debate before they emerge.
  • Why would virtually all of the apostles and many of the disciples willingly die for something that was a hoax?

The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of our faith and the reason why you can live with hope. Placing your hope in anything less than Christ as the Son of God is setting you up for disappointment. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, our faith is pointless and we are still living in our sins. We may as well and go and live as selfishly as possible because there is no point to life.

Why care for the social & environmental needs of our world if the world is a the product of an accident called the Big Bang? The resurrection of Jesus Christ tells us that the world matters. NT Wright once said, “Easter means that in world where injustice and violence and degradation are endemic, God is not prepared to tolerate such things, and that we will work and plan with all the energy of God to implement the victory of Christ over them all.”

We can live with hope because Jesus resurrection gives us assurance of our own resurrection one day. As Paul says, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is your victory and where is your sting?” The Gospel offers us real hope because Jesus resurrection makes way for us to be completely transformed like Christ.

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Foundation of our Hope!

Posted in Jesus Christ with tags on April 3, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Man’s only basis of hope for a victorious resurrection is the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Jn 11:25; 1 Cor 15:20-21).

Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ we of all people are to be pitied the most because our faith is in vain. The reality of Jesus’ resurrection undergirds and supplies the foundation of all we believe.

Mark Driscoll says, “If Jesus is dead, why do we not know where he is buried as dozens of “holy men” had enshrined tombs in that day?”

Pop Culture is out to destroy the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he in fact rose from the dead. We, as the church must proclaim and protect the truth of Jesus rising from the dead as it is fundamental to everything eternal we believe in.

This Easter weekend listen very closely to what is talked about on the resurrection of Jesus and get it into your spirit because it is essential that you understand it and are able to articulate to others the reason why you have the hope that you do.

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No other NAME!

Posted in culture, Jesus Christ with tags , , , , on March 15, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

The average person is exposed to approximately 3,000 ads everyday through a variety of media. Everyday we are bombarded with slick advertising telling us what we lack and what we need to fulfill our lives and make life more comfortable in some way. Our culture promises success and satisfaction if we drive the right type of car and wear the right type of clothes. Because of this pressure in our culture we desire to be associated with those brands that make us feel like we belong and fit in with the culture around us.

Brands like BMW, Versace, Nike and names like Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Barak Obama and Madonna provoke certain images and feelings that brands like BIG W and Brendon Fevola just do not. Unfortunately as a society we place more value and trust in the brand names of this world than we do in the name that is above every other name – JESUS!

Jesus name is not a theory, a doctrine or a swear-word but it is a powerful person who rose from the dead, is the Son of God and is alive and active in the world today. The devil fears the name of Jesus because there is power in that name to heal the sick, raise the dead and save people from sin. 

Jesus Christ is the exclusive way to salvation (John 14:6). There are not may ways to salvation – Buddha can’t save you, Krishna can’t save you, Hugo Boss or Apple Mac can’t save you… Only Jesus can save you! John 10:10 tells us that death & destruction is associated with the name of the devil but only life and abundance is associated with the name of Jesus.

Who or what are you putting your trust in? How are you using the name of Jesus Christ in your life? How are you wearing the brand of Jesus Christ in the world?

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