Summary: We need to remember that the story doesn’t end with Jesus’ death, His death was the beginning of something great. He is currently in Heaven, in His resurrected body, and one day He will return, and when He does come again, it will not be as a baby!
We need to remember that the story doesn’t end with Jesus’ death, His death was the beginning of something great. He is currently in Heaven, in His resurrected body, and one day He will return, and when He does come again, it will not be as a baby! He will come as king and spiritual ruler.
Remember our identification is in who we are in Christ and His resurrection. The Bible tells us in John 14:12 that the things Christ has done we can do, and greater than these we will do because He goes to the Father. The resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrated Jesus’ victory over the power of death and confirmed there is life beyond the grave.
Christ Jesus offers us a "resurrection" power beyond ourselves that can make us alive; it empowers us to overcome the limitations of this realm with an infused ability, as we focus on the Spirit of power working within us.
I hope you receive much insight and revelation as you discover the wholeness of what Jesus achieved for you and me in His death and resurrection.
Let’s examine four aspects of the resurrection at this moment:
1. The why
2. The truth
3. The meaning
4. The objections
The why of the Resurrection
The resurrection of Jesus was an act of the supreme love of God. We can see this by reading the following scriptures;
Acts 13:30-34, AMP
But God raised Him from the dead.
And for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are His witnesses to the people. So now we are bringing you the good news (Gospel) that what God promised to our forefathers, this He has completely fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second psalm, You are My Son; today I have begotten You [caused You to arise, to be born; formally shown You to be the Messiah by the resurrection].
And as to His having raised Him from among the dead, now no more to return to [undergo] putrefaction and dissolution [of the grave], He spoke in this way, I will fulfill and give to you the holy and sure mercy and blessings [that were promised and assured] to David.
Romans 1:4, AMP
And [as to His divine nature] according to the Spirit of holiness was openly designated the Son of God in power [in a striking, triumphant and miraculous manner] by His resurrection from the dead, even Jesus Christ our Lord (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
Ephesians 1:19-21, AMP
And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.
The resurrection of Jesus was not a mere resuscitation of a dead body as in the case of Lazarus. It was the transformation of Jesus’ human body into a glorified one. In His glorified body, He still bore the marks of His death. We can see in scripture that He could eat and was recognisable unless He chose otherwise as on the road to Emmaus, He was able to appear, disappear, move rapidly and reappear from one place to another.
Luke 24:31, 36, NKJV
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”
2. The truth of the Resurrection
Let’s look at the historical support of eyewitnesses who had seen Jesus alive after His resurrection. This is significant because on the evidence of one eyewitness a conviction can be made. However, the Bible and historians gave us evidence of more than one account where Jesus was seen, making it a fact beyond reasonable doubt that Jesus did actually rise from the dead as He said He would.
1 Corinthians 15:3-8, NKJV
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.