|Messages By Ovid Need|
Easter Sunday - I Cor. 15:16-19
This is one of my more dificult messages sence I have been in the ministry. The ear situation had been improving untill Friday morning, then it got quite a bit worse. I went to the ear specialist that I had been seeing, Dr. Pope. His office was closed when we got there for good Friday. I called his home and he was on the way to the Hospitol, so we went around the corner to the emergency room.
They checked me in and he saw me there. The news was not good. It seems that he is a member of a group of Doctors who call themselves the Virtigo Club, or somethign like that. They have been trying for years to develop something to cure to this inner-ear problem, with no sucuess. All they can do is treat the symptoms.
The next step in an inner-ear specialist. There are only 100 in the world, and two are in Indianapolis. He wants me to go see one as soon as possible.
When I went to see him a week ago, he gave me a perscription for some Diazepam. I did not even get it filled because of the side effects of drowsiness. It is also a tranqualizer. I did not want to use it because of the effect of hindering the power of consitration. But because of the situation which developed Friday, I got it filled and took them. They do not solve the problems, only deaden the nerves in the inner-ear to help control the Virtigo.
Bro. Riker offered to send up someone to preach for me, but, if at all possible, I wanted to, so here we are.
The diference between the first attack of this and this time, is that I get releaf by sitting up streight and looking streight ahead. I cannot look down very long, or lay down.
I do not understand this at all, but it is here. I do know the God is soverign, and His divine providence is in control. Therefore, this is in His divine plan, for what ever His reasons might be.
If there is anythig that I have preached while I have been here is that your service is to the Lord and not to this preacher. We are to be faithful in our attendance, in our giving, in our witnessig, in our personal walk with the Lrod, because of our love for the Lord.
I am not a motivator, nor do I have a winning personality. I have never claimed to be, and our attendance proves it. I have tried to build this work here on the teaching of the Word of God, and not on my personality. My desire has been to teach the importance of faithfulness because faithfulness is the only thing that pleases God.
Now, there is no getting aroud it, a ministry is always built around a man, and not the man, Jesus Christ. Every church that I am fimiluer with that has taken strong stands for the Lord in the many social areas, quit taking those stands when that particular left.
Brother Park resigned his chruch in order that he could go into mission word in old Mexico. If any one had taught his church the danger and principle of being incorporated, he had. Yet, when He resigned it, they called a man who's first step was to incorporate. The same thing happened to Bro. Weaver. The people had been taught on the dangers of he corperation, called a man to replace him. The first action the man took was to incorperate the church.
What I am saying is this. Knowing human nature, the leader of the chruch, will lead the church in to areas which the leader has been directied to by the Spirit of God. When the leader is out of the picture, the dirrection of the Chruch changes. My prayer is that when I am not able to do what I would want to do, the men of this church will pick up and continue on in the things that should and must be done according to the Scriptures.
In other words, what we have tried to teach must now be placed into action. Faithfulness in attendance, giving, soul-willing. Now is the time that these things must be done by the members, at least untill I am back where I need to be. Is far as I can see, I am still able to trace and preach the world of God, but as far as ther rest the activity, that is a diferent story.
Which brings me to the message this morning. (I had no choice but to go on the medication because of the Virtigo, so I will not be able to treat these points near as in depth as I would like to. I can not consintrate as I like to be able to.)
1 Cor. chapter 15 is the passage for the resurrection of Christ from the dead. As the text which we read points out, without His resurrecion from the dead, we have no hope.
The event that we celibrate today, the resurrection of Christ from the dead, is the most basic and important of all events of our faith. Everything we believe and every hope that we have, is based upon the even which took place about 2000 years ago.
I. Belief in the resurrection of Christ from the dead is necessary for our salvation, Rom10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt besaved.
This trust in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is shown in baptism, Rom6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
COL 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Christ's resurection gives us our innercessor at the right hand of the father for the us. EPH 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Here He ever liveth to make intersession....
Christ's resurection proves that He did not die for His own sins. It proves that He was the sinless subsitue. He is the only One to rise from the dead as He did, proving that He paid the price for our sins. He would still be in the grave for His own sins. The resurrection proves that He did suffer and die for the sins of His people. Otherwise, He would have had to remain in the grave.
Next, Christ's resurection proves that there will be a bodily resurrection some day.
1CO 6:14; 1 Cor. 15:42, 52; 2 Cor. 4:14
It is the power of God which raised Christ from the dead which will also raise us up from the dead. If Christ raised not from the dead, there is no hope that the redeemed will.
Also in this, if Christ raised not from the dead, the hope of the wicked is that they will not raise from the dead and have to fact Him one day. To the unsaved here today, your only hope is that the resurrection is nothing but a lie.
Whether saved or unsaved, the resurrection proves that everyone will appear before Christ.
Next, the resurrection establilshes who is the judge of the universe. Acts17:31.
The One who suffered and died for us to pay the penality for our sins; the One who provieds His good Spirit to enable us to live a life pleasing to the heavenly Father; the One who interceeds for us for our sins as we confess and forsake them, this is the One who will be the judge of the saved and the unsaved. How have we treated this One in our faithfulness, in our obedience, in our lover toward oneanother?
This One is the One who we are going to have to answer to.
In this we see that the saved will be raised to be judged for every deed which they have done in the flesh, 1Cor 5:10.
The wicked will be raised to be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, Rev.20:13.
Next, our hope of living a life that is pleasing to the God of creation lies in the resurrection. It is the same spirit that raised of God which raised Christ from the dead that empowers our mortal bodies to please Him. ROM 1:4 The Spirit which endwells us is the Spirit of holiness.
Rom8:11 Our bodies which were dead in tresspasses and sins are made alive unto God and holiness by the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead.
Rom 7:4 Not only is it our hope of being able to live a life pleasing to the Father, in the power of the resurrection lies our power to fulfill our holy calling as a child of God, and bare fruit
Rom6:9-11, the resurrection of Christ proves that sin has no more power over us.
Next, The resurrection proves that the God of heaven and earth KEEPS HIS PROMISES. Rom 4:20-25 The promise refered to here is justification by faith. The resurrection of Christ provided that justification. If Jehovah God can provide justification for a poor lost sinner in response to His promises, think of what else He will do in response to His promise.
Illustration: I was talking to Steve the other day. This inner ear is agervating to say the least and down right sickening to say a little more. The thing that I pointed out to him, is 'Praise the Lord.' Even though I sure do not understand it, I know that His divine providence is in total control. I know it will make me a better servent of the most high God. I know that it will strengthen this chruch if we will respond right. God keeps His promises although we sure do not see how He possibly can most of the time.
How do I know that? I know because in accord to the promise of the Word of God, Christ rose from the dead.
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