Summary: Results of the resurrection of Christ
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me, though he may die,
he shall live’” (John 11:25).
1. Jesus told Martha, “I Am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25).
a. Shows our great attachment to the body.
b. She expected a resurrection in the future, Jesus promised eternal life now.
c. Our resurrection is guaranteed as though it has already occurred.
2. Jesus raised three persons:
a. The widow’s son, “Young man I say to thee arise” (Luke 7:14).
b. The daughter of Jarvis. “Talitha, cumi which is interpreted, ‘little girl My words make you live again’” (Mark 5:41, ELT).
c. Lazarus. “He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus come forth” (John 11:43).
d. The source of the miracle that produced resurrection and life was His voice. There is power in Christ’s words then and now.
e. People are saved today by the Word of Christ. “We are born again with the Word of truth” (James 1:18, c.f. Col. 3:16).
f. We will be raised by Christ’s words. “The Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with His voice, mighty like Michaels . . . and the dead in Christ shall rise” (1 Thess. 4:16, ELT).
3. Jesus predicted His death and resurrection. “He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things . . . and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31).
B. RESURRECTION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
1. First predicted. “And after my skin is destroyed, this [I know,] that in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:26).
2. Three Old Testament examples give hope:
a. Elijah. “And he stretched himself on the child three times . . . and the soul of the child came unto him again, and he revived” (1 Kings 17:21-22).
b. Elisha. “He stretched himself upon the child . . . and the child opened his eyes” (2 Kings 4:34-35).
c. Touched Elisha. “They were burying a man . . . and he touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood up” (2 Kings 13:21).
3. David’s prediction of Christ’s resurrection. “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (Sheol); neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (Ps. 16:10).
C. THE RESULTS OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
1. Jesus overcomes the power of death. “Finally, Jesus delivered up the kingdom to the Father, when He did away with Satan’s role and authority . . . He destroyed the last enemy which is death” (1 Cor. 15:24-26, ELT).
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
(1 Cor. 15:54-55, LB).
2. The resurrection is part of the gospel message. “Moreover brethren I declare unto you the gospel . . . first of all . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures: and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day” (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
3. To give life. “He gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3, TEV).