Raised from the Dead

Pastor Tom Ascol, in an Easter message entitle “Raised from the Dead,” addresses John’s Gospel Chapter 20:1-31. The resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything, particularly the realities of both history and the future as well as man’s standing with God. John wrote his gospel to prove Jesus was the long awaited messiah. It was to be in that messiah people needed to trust in order to be saved and enjoy God’s salvation. As part of John’s proof he offers as the chief exhibit the greatest of miracles, the greatest sign Jesus performed on earth, His resurrection.

The evidence for the resurrection is overwhelming. There was the almost-empty tomb, almost since it contained neatly folded grave clothes but no body. This was seen by Mary, other women, and Peter and John. Jesus appeared to His followers after His death again showing the reality of the resurrection. He was seen by Mary and the apostles in the locked room, once while Thomas was absent and once when he was present. The other gospels present further appearances, on the road to Emmaus, at the Sea of Galilee, to the five hundred among others. In addition to the tomb and post-resurrection appearances, Jesus’ resurrection changed lives. For example, Mary Magdalene went from sorrow to joy. The disciples went from meek fishermen to bold proclaimers of the Gospel. So convinced were the apostles of the truth of the resurrection they were willing to suffer martyrdom. The church created by Jesus grew and multiplied as people applied the truth of the resurrection to their lives and trusted in Christ for eternal salvation.

The change seen in these historical people is available to all. Jesus is willing to transform your life. John’s gospel was written “that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31) Believing and trusting in the Messiah, the only One Who has been resurrected and lives today, can change your life. Jesus, in his post-resurrection appearances to the disciples, greeted them in the locked room with the words “Shalom Aleichem,” peace be with you. Jesus still offers that peace. It is a peace “which surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7). It is a peace which bridges the great gulf between man’s sinfulness and God’s holiness. It is a peace available by trust, a trust which enables reconciliation between man and God. Trust Jesus for the salvation He provides and offers.

Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, African Christian University, Copperbelt Ministerial College, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries and The Institute of Public Theology. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, The Truth and Grace Memory Books for children and  Recovering the Gospel and Reformation of Churches. He is also the author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist ConventionTraditional Theology and the SBC and Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition he regularly contributes articles to the Founders website and hosts a weekly podcast called The Sword & The Trowel. He and his wife Donna have six children along with four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They have sixteen grandchildren.
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