resurrection of Jesus

What does the resurrection of Jesus mean for Christians?

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The resurrection of Jesus is a cry of victory over death and the power of sin. Death could not hold Jesus Christ! And because he was resurrected, we who believe in him as Lord and Savior know that we will live with him for eternity.

Let’s look at six wonderful truths that were affirmed thanks to the resurrection of Jesus.

1. Jesus is God

At times Jesus spoke in a way that seemed to equate himself with God. That was one of the main accusations of the Pharisees to finally nail him to the cross (Matthew 26:63-66).

In John 10:30-33 we see one such occasion. Jesus was talking about his sheep (his sons) his, how he gives them eternal life and no one can snatch them out of his hand. He declared that he was one with Father God and the following happened:

The Father and I are one.

The Father and I are one.
Once again the Jews picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus said to them: I have shown you many irreproachable works that come from the Father. For which of them do you want to stone me?
We do not stone you for any of them, but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, pass yourself off as God.
(John 10:30-33)

They wanted to stone him! They could not accept that a mere mortal pretended to be God. But when he rose again, what Jesus had said was shown to be true: he and the Father were one.

At no other time in history has another human being managed to resurrect himself. A resurrection like that of Jesus is only possible through divine intervention. But we know that God can do what is impossible for us and Jesus, being God, had the power to rise from the dead.

2. God has power over death

People of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God before you with miracles, signs and wonders, which God performed among you through him, as you well know. This was delivered according to the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God; and, through evil people, you killed him, nailing him to the cross. However, God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for death to keep him under his control.
(Acts 2:22-24)

The people of Israel had witnessed many miracles, signs and wonders that Jesus had done, far more than they had ever seen. During his three years of ministry, Jesus healed all kinds of sick people (blind, lame, deaf, mute…), freed many demon-possessed, raised the dead and performed great miracles of food multiplication. However, the greatest miracle of all was his own resurrection, “it was impossible for death to hold him in his sway.”

It was proven that God not only has power over illness, demons and scarcity, but is more powerful than even death itself.

Where is, oh die, your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
(1 Corinthians 15:55)

 

3. We have the hope of forgiveness

And, if Christ has not risen

And, if Christ has not risen, your faith is illusory and you are still in your sins. In this case, those who died in Christ are also lost. If the hope we have in Christ were only for this life, we would be the most unhappy of all mortals.
(1 Corinthians 15:17-19)

The resurrection of Jesus was not just proof of his deity. It also confirms that those of us who put our faith in him can be sure of his forgiveness and his eternal life. Jesus lives! We know that our sins have been forgiven through his sacrifice on the cross.

Sins no longer enslave us forever because, with his resurrection, Jesus defeated the power of darkness over us. In him we are free, we have his light in our hearts, the hope of forgiveness and eternal life. Thanks to him we are not unhappy, on the contrary! In him we have eternal happiness, the salvation of our souls.

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4. We will live with Jesus for eternity

The truth is that Christ has been raised from the dead, as the first fruits of those who died. In fact, since death came through a man, so also through a man comes the resurrection of the dead. For just as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will live again.
(1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

Because he lives we will also live! Through Adam sin and death entered the world. But Jesus overcame death so that we too can be sure that we will come back to life. Physical death is not the end. In Christ there is life after our physical body dies and he earned it for us.

5. Jesus will return

After his resurrection Jesus appeared and shared with his disciples about the kingdom of God for forty days (Acts 1:3). After those days he “was lifted up while they looked, and a cloud received him and hid him from their eyes” (Acts 1:9).

They stared up at the sky as he walked away. Suddenly, two men dressed in white approached them and said: Galileos, what are you doing here looking at the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you to heaven, will come again in the same way that you have seen him go.
(Acts 1:10-11)

Jesus was not gone forever. He will return! And when he returns he will come to reign and judge (Matthew 16:27; Revelation 22: 3-5 and 12-13).

Just as he was publicly humiliated by death on the cross, so every eye will see the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We will all have to recognize him for what he really is: King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 1: 7; Philippians 2: 8-11).