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I Corinthians 15

This morning would you take God‘s word and turn with me to I
Corinthians 15. I Corinthians 15 and we’re going to be thinking
on this subject, if there had been no Easter. In just a minute I
want to share with you from the word of God but before I share
with you from the Bible I want to ask you a question, have you
ever heard of a man named Harry Houdini? Many of you have. He
died in October of 1926. But his claim to fame was that he was a
magician that specialized in spectacular escapes.

As a matter of fact, he was said to have laughed at locks,
sneered at fetters. They said of Harry that he had the
flexibility of an eel. He had the lives of a cat. They did all
kinds of things to try to incarcerate him. They would seal him in
coffins. He would escape. They riveted him into a boiler. He
escaped. They sowed him up in canvas bags. He escaped. They
locked him in a milk can. He escaped. They sealed him in a beer
barrel. He escaped. They put him in maximum-security prison. And
old Harry somehow got out.

But then in October 1926, old man death laid his hands on Harry
Houdini and put him in a grave and he is yet to escape. As a
matter of fact, he told his wife, if there is anyway out, I will
find it. If there is any way out I’ll make contact with you and
we’ll do it on the anniversary of my death. For 10 years she kept
a light burning over his portrait. At the end of 10 years she
turned out the light. Death had Harry and he couldn’t escape.

Death laid his hands on the Lord Jesus Christ also. And death put
Jesus in a rock-hewn tomb. And there was a stone in the mouth of
that tomb and the seal of the Roman government was placed upon
that tomb. But on the third day, Jesus Christ stirred himself. He
rose from the sleep of death. And he left those grave clothes
that were wrapped around him like a butterfly would forsake a
cocoon. And Jesus Christ passed through the walls of that rock-
hewn tomb. By the way, the stone wasn’t rolled away to let Jesus
out. It was rolled away to let the disciples in to see that Jesus
had come back.

And Jesus Christ is alive. He is not behind us in a tomb. He is
before us on a throne. We thank God for that. But I want to ask
you a question. Suppose that had not happened. Suppose death
still held Jesus like it does Harry. Then what? Suppose there had
been no Easter.

Well the apostle Paul talks about that and I want you to see what
he’s talking about here in I Corinthians chapter 15. I begin
reading in verse 12. The apostle Paul asks a question, “Now if
Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among
you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no
resurrection of the dead then is Christ not risen. And if Christ
be not risen then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also
vain, yea, and we are found false witnessed of God. Because we
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By Adrian Rogers

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