Resurrection Sermon Illustrations

Resurrection Sermon Illustrations

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Years ago, on Princes Street, Edinburgh, with its beautiful setting, one of the many shop windows displaying art treasures in beautiful paintings attracted the eye of a passing gentleman. He was gazing intently at a painting of the `Crucifixion', with the Savior extended on the Cross, the multitude watching, Mary and some others standing by. It had been a long time since this man had allowed any thoughts like those suggested by the canvas to enter his mind, but the artist's portrayal brought back the memory of long forgotten truths, and he was impressed and troubled.

Suddenly he became aware of the presence at his side of a little ragged laddie who was also looking intently at the painting with its wondrous story of Calvary.

`That's Jesus, sir, on the cross. They nailed Him there with that crown of thorns on His head, and killed Him, sir. He was a good man. He died for us, and that's His mother standing there, sir, looking at what they did to Him. The gentleman felt a lump rise in his throat as the boy continued—`And He died, sir, for our sins and they buried Him yonder, sir.' It was too real, and the man turned away to continue his walk in Princes Street. He felt a tugging at his coat tails. Turning round he saw the boy who had been telling the story standing looking into his face. The boy blurted out breathlessly, 'I forgot to tell you, sir. I forgot to tell you He rose again.'

(Luke 24. 6; 1 Cor. 15. 3, 4, 20) 70

Over the magnificent mausoleum that holds the mortal remains of Queen Victoria and those of her royal husband are inscribed the words: 'Here at last I will rest with thee and with thee in Christ I shall also rise again.'

(John 6. 40; 1 Cor. 15. 20-23)

Resurrection of the Christian
No longer must the mourners weep,
Nor call departed Christians dead;
For death is hallowed into sleep,
And every grave becomes a bed.

(John 11. 11-13, 25; 1 Thess. 4. 13-18)

Resurrection of the Fallen Believer

Often the believer falls. But it is one thing to fall down: it is another thing to lie where one falls. Let us make sure that we rise after falling. Scripture abounds with examples of those who, having fallen, rose again to do great things for God.

An old cathedral stood on the site of the present St. Paul's in London. It perished in the great fire of 1666. After the fire the brilliant young architect, Christopher Wren, designed a new cathedral which took 35 years to erect. The first stone that Wren picked up from the ruins of the old building bore a Latin inscription, whose meaning is 'I shall rise again'.

(Luke 22.60-61; Acts 3. 6, 7; 13. 13; 15. 37, 38; 2 Tim. 4. 11; Phil. 3. 10)

Yes, the Lord is risen,
And death's gloomy prison,
Stript of bolt and bars, lies robbed
Of all its power to harm;
And the blood is speaking
Peace to spirits breaking
With the dreadful sense of sin's
Unconquerable charm.—J. Boyd

(Luke 24. 5, 6; 2 Tim. 2. 8)

As men lock up their best apparel in a chest, meaning to wear it again, even so are the dead bodies of the faithful buried in sure and certain hope of rising again to life everlasting.—Cawdray

My risen Lord, I feel Thy strong protection;
I see Thee stand among the graves today;
"I am the Way, the Life, the Resurrection,"
I hear Thee say.—Anonymous

Let all things seen and unseen
Their notes of gladness blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen,
Our Joy that hath no end.—Selected

As a cripple would rejoice to hear that his limbs should be restored perfect, or the beggar that he should be clad in silk and gold; so much more ought Christians to rejoice to hear of the restoration of the integrity and innocency of the body in the resurrection.—Cawdray

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