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I Know He Lives - Pastor Stacey Shiflett



I Know He Lives

Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

 

Intro: As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the most fascinating verses in the Bible pertaining to the resurrection.

 

               A. Because of the Extent of Job’s Afflictions

Most people doubt God even on a good day!

Imagine going through what Job went through, and never once doubting whether or not God was alive.

 

               B. Because of the Expression of Job’s Assurance – “For I know…”

RESEARCH: (survey from 2021) A majority of 18- to 34-year-olds (59%) say they don’t believe the biblical accounts of Jesus bodily resurrection.

The Sadducees denied the resurrection.

Job wasn’t hoping, or thinking, he KNEW!

  • 23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

  • 24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

No hesitation! Write it on stone!!

This was without the Bible, or the multiple evidences of the resurrection that we have today.

KNOW: to perceive and see, find out and discern; to discriminate, distinguish; to know by experience; to recognise, admit, acknowledge, confess

 

               C. Because of the Exceptionalism of Job’s Admission

There were very few on the earth at that time, if any, that incorporated this belief into their doctrinal statement.

Believing in the resurrection was not a fad; or a passing trend.

This assurance that Job had must’ve come from God.

 

I want to say with Job this morning – I know that my redeemer liveth!!

 

I. The Promise of the Resurrection

              

               A. The Promises from the Scriptures

·        Psalms 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

 

How do we know that this statement from the Psalmist David was a prophecy about the resurrection?

Peter preached that it was in Acts 2.

Acts 2

·        23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

·        24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

·        25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

·        26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

·        27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

 

Paul preached that it was in Acts 13.

Acts 13

·        28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.

·        29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.

·        30 But God raised him from the dead:

·        31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.

·        32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,

·        33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

·        34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

·        35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

·        36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

·        37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

 

 

               B. The Promises of the Savior

Matthew 12

·        38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

·        39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

·        40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

 

·        Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

 

Matthew 17

·        22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:

·        23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

 

Matthew 20

·        17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,

·        18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,

·        19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

 

John 2

·        18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

·        19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

 

II. The Proof of the Resurrection

 

               A. The Proof of the Empty Tomb

All four of the Gospels give an account of an empty tomb.

Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16 1-8; Luke 24:3; John 20:1-10

 

               B. The Proof of the Eyewitness’ Testimonies

Jesus revealed Himself to:

·        Mary in John 20:16

·        To the women in Matthew 28:5-9

·        To the disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24

·        To the Disciples in the Upper Room in John 20; and again with Thomas present the next week.

·        To the eleven in Matthew 18:16; Acts 1:4

Acts 13

  • 30 But God raised him from the dead:

·        31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.

 

1 Corinthians 15

·        5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

·        6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

·        7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

·        8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

 

               C. The Proof of the Evident Transformation

The transformation that took place as a direct result of resurrection is indisputable.

The resurrection changed Peter.

The same one that denied the Lord around the fire became a firebrand preaching the resurrection.

 

Turn to Acts 3

Acts 3

·        12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

·        13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

·        14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

·        15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

·        16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

 

Acts 3

·        26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

 

Acts 4

·        1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,

·        2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

·        8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,

·        9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;

·        10  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

·        18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

·        19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.

·        20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

·        33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

 

Acts 5

·        27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,

·        28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

·        29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

·        30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

·        31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

·        32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

 

 III. The Power of the Resurrection

That I may know him and the power of his resurrection

 

               A. The Power to Defeat the Grave

·        Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we do not have to fear death!

1 Corinthians 15

·        54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

·        55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

 

               B. The Power to Deliver the Sinner

Romans 4

·        23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

·        24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

·        25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

 

Romans 10

·        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 be saved.

·        10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

               C. The Power to Destroy the Power of Sin

Romans 6

·        1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

·        2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

·        3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

·        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.

·        5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

·        6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

·        7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

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