Of all the subjects in the Bible, I think that the resurrection of Jesus is the most important, because it touches on God’s character, the work of his son Jesus, the meaning of the sacrifice of Jesus, the topic itself (Jesus’ own raising from the dead), and our own resurrection. I do not know of any other Bible topic that impacts on the significance of so many others, in nearly the same way as this topic does.
God’s character – Primarily, God is love. This is chiefly seen in the fact that God intended, right from the beginning, to deliver mankind away from its fate of death, and give us instead a destiny of life. However that way was one which gave honour to the glory of supremacy of God, on God’s own terms. He chose to conquer death with immortality in a way that demonstrated that life could be chosen (by Jesus), in the same way that sin (which leads to death) was chosen (by Adam). That life was chosen by a conscious decision to repudiate all that God thought wrong. The only person who has been entirely successful in this is Jesus.
The work of Jesus – was, as indicated by the above, to reflect the love of God. Jesus was such a perfect example of the character of God, so much so that it could be said of Jesus that whoever had seen him had seen God. In everything he did – whether by his actions in general, his miracles in particular, and in his words, he demonstrated to others what God is like.
The meaning of his sacrifice – His ultimate work was to die as a sacrifice for sin, yet although he was physically connected to sin (through his connection to mortality derived by reason of inheritance from his mother, Mary) , he could not deserve its consequence (death), and so after 3 days, was resurrected. This showed that God is always just in the application of his laws.
Jesus’ own raising from the dead – was a miracle attested to by many first-hand eye-witnesses that knew beyond any doubt that Jesus had died and was buried, yet somehow was risen again. He himself, knowing the certainty of Bible prophecies, had predicted this. The resurrection of Jesus is, to my mind, the supreme miracle of the Bible. It had been prophesied, along with the events surrounding it, and is the longest-lasting, in that Jesus since then, has lived always and will do so for ever. There are several other resurrections from the dead recorded in the Bible, but none of these reflect any, let alone all, of these attributes.
Our own resurrection – God has promised eternal life on the earth. He had also promised to those who lived in Old Testament times, the same eternal life for themselves. This means that, in order for these promises to be fulfilled, that God must also raise from the dead, those to whom he has made these promises.
The accounts of the events of Jesus’ resurrection are found in the New Testament Gospel records of Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John chapters 20 and 21. The link between Jesus’ resurrection and our own personal hope of the same is explained in 1 Corinthians 15. Read any of these passages in any version you choose, and the message is the same. Should you have any questions concerning what is a very vital subject, we will be happy to provide answers.
There are many things in this life, and many situations that arise, that may cause us to lose our faith in the Bible, but I find that for me, the most faith-restoring times, are when I contemplate the resurrection of Jesus. I think of the immense faith it took on the part of the disciples to believe in it, and how they were so utterly convinced of its truthfulness. I then contemplate the link from this, to my own salvation and deliverance from death, involving my own resurrection if I have died before the return of Jesus to the earth, to bestow on all his saints life for evermore. When I consider this and all it means, my doubts dissolve.
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