1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11
“They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion....For dogs have com-
passed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet....They
part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture” (Ps.22:13, 16, 18; cp. Lk.23:34;
“He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken” (Ps.34:20; cp. Jn.19:36).
“They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (Ps.69:21;
cp. Mt.27:34; Mk.15:23; Jn.19:28-30).
“For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou
hast wounded” (Ps.69:26; cp. Mt.27:34; Mk.15:23; Jn.19:29).
“I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads”
(Ps.109:25; cp. Mt.27:39).
“I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my
face from shame and spitting” (Is.50:6).
“As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form
more than the sons of men” (Is.52:14).
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as
it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our
griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, afflicted. But he was
wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was
upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned
every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed,
and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a
sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from
judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for
the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the
rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased
the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his
hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righ-
teous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion
with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto
death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made interces-
sion for the transgressors” (Is.53:3-12).
“And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself” (Dan.9:26).
“As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit
wherein is no water” (Zech.9:11).
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of
grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall
mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in
bitterness for his first-born” (Zech.12:10).
“And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer,
Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd and the sheep
shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones” (Zech.13:6-7).
(15:4) Jesus Christ, Resurrection: the second fact of the gospel is that Jesus Christ was buried and arose from the dead
according to the Scriptures. Note three points.
1. The burial of Jesus Christ is important, for it proves two significant things.
⇒ It proves that Jesus Christ died. No man is buried unless he is dead.
⇒ It proves the resurrection. The empty tomb is evidence that Christ arose from the dead.
2. Jesus Christ arose from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus Christ assures the believer that he too shall be raised
from the dead.
a. The resurrection of Christ proves that God is: that He does exist and care for the earth. There is no power
on earth that can raise a man from the dead. Only a Supreme, eternal power and Person can do that. Only
God can give life to dead matter and to the dust of the earth. The very fact that Jesus Christ was raised
from the dead proves that God exists and cares for this earth.
b. The resurrection of Christ proves that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be, the Son of God Himself. It
proves that Jesus Christ was sent to earth to secure the Ideal righteousness for man and to die and to arise
from the dead for man.
“And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by
the resurrection from the dead” (Ro.1:4).
“Which [God’s mighty power] he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,
and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places” (Eph.1:20).
c. The resurrection of Christ proves that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. It proves that Christ is the
very One whom God sent to earth to save men from death and to give them life.
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