“The New Testament writers speak as if Christ’s achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the ‘first fruits,’ the pioneer of life,’ He has forced open a door that has been locked since the death of the first man. He has met, fought, and beaten the King of Death. Everything is different because He has done so.” ― C. S. Lewis, (Miracles, ch. 16)
Passion Week Outline:
Intro: Smart glasses: (https://spectrum.ieee.org/bosch-ar-smartglasses-tiny-eyeball-lasers)
Rome is the epicenter of the most dominant Empire of the era. They are the dominant world power...the believers may be saying "I do believe, but what does this look like in my context"? "Is my life going to look different, or feel different, or am i going to behave differently"???
The crux of the Christian message is on the resurrection:
“Put simply, the resurrection is not an ancillary doctrine, but is central to all the books of the New Testament. The resurrection is necessary to understand the Gospels, Paul’s letters, the [General] Epistles (James through Jude), and Revelation. It’s interesting that in the ordering of early Christian manuscripts, Acts proved to be quite flexible: it was sometimes grouped with the Gospels, sometimes with Paul’s letters, and quite frequently, with the [General] Epistles.” —Brandon D. Crowe, The Resurrection as a Landmark in Acts”
Romans chapter 6 shines the truth of the Resurrection into your context...
If you are a disciple of Christ: the resurrection is the premier grounds of a Holy Life… and an endless generator of life for your worship.
If you are an unbeliever, the resurrection gives you reasons why you should surrender your life to Christ today.