Mark 16:1-11 (ESV)

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back — it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you. And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

Why does Jesus’ resurrection matter today? (I Cor 15)

-Preaching would be useless

-Faith would be futile

-We would forever remain broken, slaves of sin

-Those already dead perished with no hope

-We are the most pitiful people in the world, if He is not alive

But Christ is alive!

-He is the first fruits of the resurrection

-In Him, we are alive

-In Him, we will be resurrected

-In Him, our sin and mortality will be vanquished

-In Him, we will become like Him…deathless

-In Him, He will raise our actual bodies from death, but we will be changed, fitted with an indestructible, glorified body, just like His