Monuments to the Resurrection

TEXTJosh. 4:1-4, 19-24

INTRODUCTION:

A.      JOSHUA SETS UP TWO “MONUMENTS.”

          1.       “Something set p to keep alive the memory of some thing, person, time or event.”

          2.       Joshua’s monuments memorialized the entry into Canaan.

B.      HISTORY BUFF – SEEK OUT AND STUMBLE UPON MONUMENTS.

C.      JESUS HAS LEFT MONUMENTS TO HIS RESURRECTION ( Acts 14:17 ).

I.      THE CHURCH.

A.      The foundation of the church rests on Christ's Deity

          ( Matt. 16:16-18 ).

B.      Christ's claim to Deity rests on the Resurrection

          ( Matt. 12:38-40;  Rom 1:3-4 ).

C.      Tho hated and persecuted, the church is still here!

II.     THE BIBLE.

A.      The Bible testifies concerning his life ( John 20:30-31 ).

B.      It records the testimony of  eyewitnesses

          ( 1 Cor. 15-1-8;  1 John 1:1-4 ).

C.      The Bible is a unique book  - How do we know?  What are its proofs?

          1.       It is trustworthy - the witnesses skeptics ( Mark 16:9-13 ).

          2.       It is demanding ( John 20:30-21 ).

          3.       It is guaranteed ( 2 Cor. 4:7-12 ).

III.    THE LORD'S DAY.

A.      From Pentecost - early writers refer to the "Lord's Day."

B.      Rev. 1:10John, by inspiration, uses the term.

C.      A day of remembrance( Acts 20:7 ).

          1.       Resurrection day( Luke 24:1-3 ).

          2.       Pentecost - 50 days after Passover Sabbath ( 1 Cor. 15:20-23 ).  Also called the

                   Feast of Weeks or First Harvest.

IV.   THE LORD'S SUPPER.

a.      Here is another institution from the beginning ( Acts 2:42 ).

B.      It  proclaims his death ( 1 Cor. 11:23-26, 29 ).

C.      It also affirms a belief in the resurrection ( vs. 26 ).

V.    THE NEW SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTISM.

A.      John's work was preparatory ( Mat. 3:1-3;  John 1:7-8 ).

          1.       So was his baptism ( John 1:29-31 ).

          2.       John's baptism was for remission of sins ( Mark 1:1-5 ).

B.      From Pentecost - a new significance - into his death

          ( Rom. 6:3-4 ).

C.      Baptism also affirms the resurrection ( Rom. 6:4-5 ).

CONCLUSION

A.      SOME MONUMENTS PROVE HIS RESURRECTION.

B.      SOME MERELY KEEP IT BEFORE US.

C.      WE MAY PARTAKE IN BOTH HIS DEATH AND HIS RESURRECTION

          ( Rom. 6:3-4 ).