How We Know Jesus Rose From the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:1 – 8). Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. – 1 Corinthians 15:1 – 8 (New American Standard Bible)
Like the death of Jesus is an important event for believers, so is the resurrection of Jesus. But how do we know it actually happened. Complete one, two or all three of these research assignments that outlines evidence of Jesus’ resurrection.
We know Jesus rose from the dead because He still changes lives (1 Corinthians 15:1, 2).
1. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 11. What evidence did the Corinthians have that the resurrected Christ worked among them?
2. What testimony might the Corinthians have heard from the apostle Paul that the resurrected Jesus made drastic changes in people’s lives? See Acts 13: 4 – 12; Acts 14:8 – 10; Acts 16:16 – 34.
We know Jesus rose from the dead because we trust the reliability of God’s revelation (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).
1. Study these Old Testament passages: Isaiah 53:1 – 7 and Zechariah 12:10, 11. What do they say about Christ’s death?
2. The Old Testament gave many hints that the Messiah would rise on the third day. Study Genesis 22:1 – 5, 12 – 14; Genesis 40:9 – 13; 2 Kings 20:1 – 11; Jonah 1:7 – 17. In these accounts what death sentences were commuted after three days?
We know Jesus rose from the dead because of independent eyewitness accounts (1 Corinthians 15:5 – 8).
1. List the different witnesses of the resurrection that the apostle Paul mentioned in these verses. What facts about these witnesses would have convinced the Corinthians that Jesus had been raised from death?
2. Read Luke 24:13 – 35; John 20:24 – 28; and Acts 9:1 – 19. Some would argue that people imagined seeing a resurrected Jesus because they wanted to and expected to see Him. How do these accounts contradict that argument?
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