Resurrection Sermon Illustrations

Resurrection Sermon Illustrations

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Known of Him

"He calleth his own sheep by name." John 10:3.

"Mary!" just one word;
'Twas all He need employ
To turn a woman's sorrowing heart
Into a well of joy.

She thought He was the gardener;
"Master!" she answered now.
His voice, her name—it was enough;
She asked not, "Is it Thou?"

In my great hour of trial
The Saviour oft appears;
He makes no long, impressive speech
To scatter all my fears.

He gently speaks my name.
Enough! What need I more,
Than to be known and loved of Him
Whom Heaven and earth adore?

Men know not Jesus lives,
In unbelief they dwell;
And as to Mary then, so now,
He bids us, "Go—and tell."

Resurrection of Christ

Dr. Torrey relates an incident that came under his notice in New York. A brilliant lawyer in that city approached a prominent clergyman and asked him if he believed in the bodily resurrection of Christ. The latter, strongly affirming his belief in it, asked if he might have the pleasure of furnishing material in support of his belief. To this the lawyer gladly acquiesced, and after thoroughly examining the evidence put before him, frankly confessed that the resurrection of Jesus was established beyond doubt. 'But,' he added, 'I am no nearer salvation than I was, for I find the trouble is not with my head, but with my heart.'

(Rom. 10. 9; 1 Cor. 15. 14-21)

At a large Missionary Convention in the Central Hall, Westminster, London, in October, 1929, a missionary who had been serving the Lord in Brazil—Harold Wildish—now in the West Indies, narrated an incident in his experience of preaching the gospel to a group of primitive South American Indians in Brazil. With some other preachers, he had been telling the wonderful story of the coming, the death and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. After the preaching had finished for the night, and before the company dispersed, he heard their conversation on the subject of the preachers' discourses. Most had been greatly moved by the story of the cross and sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ, and thought it wonderful that He should endure such grief and pain and die to redeem them from sin and hell. Then one of them remarked, 'Yes! it's wonderful. But how can a dead man save us?' Another who had followed the teaching carefully to the end, replied, 'Yes ! but didn't you hear? He rose again from the dead. He's alive, He's risen.'

(Matt. 28. 5, 6; Acts 2. 31-36)

Among leaders of thought early in the eighteenth century were Gilbert West and Lord Lyttleton. A well-known story tells that these two men believed the Bible to be an imposture and that they determined to expose it. To do this, they decided that they must begin by exposing the two greatest miracles by writing a book. Lord Lyttleton chose 'The Conversion of Paul', and Gilbert West 'The Resurrection of Christ'. Their tasks led them on to a careful examination of the Bible accounts of these two events, and they took about a year to complete their task. When they had finished their books, they met together and something like this passed between them:

'I have written my book,' said Lord Lyttleton, 'and I have a confession to make. When I came to study all the evidence for the story of the conversion of St. Paul, and weighed it up by all the known laws of evidence, I found that St. Paul was miraculously converted in spite of himself. I am now a Christian and have written my book on that side, and not against it.' Gilbert West replied: 'I have a similar confession to make. I have found the resurrection of Jesus Christ to be a proved fact, and I, too, have become a believer, and have written my book on that side.'

One day, while I was busy writing my own book on the Resurrection, a man came to see me. He said, 'I was looking at a second-hand bookstall in the city, and I came across an old book on the Resurrection. They only wanted a penny for it, so, as I knew you were writing a book on the subject, I bought it for you. Is it any use to you?' I thanked him warmly and looked at it. You may imagine my surprise when on opening it, I read: 'Observations on the History and Evidences of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ' by Gilbert West. Printed in Dosley, 1747.

It was the very book which Gilbert West had written as related above. Very significant is the motto he had written on the title page—

`Blame not before thou hast examined the Truth; understanding first, and then rebuke.'—Eccles. 11. 7.

To me this shabby old book proves the truth of the story.—C. C. Dobson (Abridged)

Acts 17. 18, 31, 32; 1 Cor. 15. 3, 4)

Never woke a fairer morn
Since creation's primal ray,
Than the hour of golden dawn
On the Earth's first Easter day;
Jeweled meadows! Skylarks winging,
Lilies blooming! Bluebells ringing,
All the earth with gladness singing,
Alleluia! Easter morn!

Never lived a greater joy
Than that breathless moment when
Angels standing near the tomb
Whispered, `Lo! He lives again!'
Spread the truth to every nation!
Sing abroad in exaltation!
Hail the God-sealed confirmation!
Alleluia! Easter morn!

Never came a nobler hope
Than the promise of that hour,
When, triumphant over death,
Love proclaimed redeeming power.
Man immortal! Ever growing,
Greater power! Greater knowing!
Life in endless overflowing!
Alleluia! Easter morn!—Alfred Grant Walton

(1 Cor. 15. 20; 42-45; Eph. 1. 19, 20; Phil. 3. 10)

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