“The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men be crucified, and three days later rise to life.” (Luke 24: 7)
The resurrection of Jesus is a public testimony of the Father’s acceptance of His work of redemption. It is Christ’s victory over death and the grave and a critical foundation for all Christians.
Some still doubt the veracity of the resurrection as a historical fact. There is, however, more historical evidence that Jesus rose from death than there is regarding the existence of Alexander the Great.
The resurrection gives proof to the accuracy of the Bible. Jesus’ death and resurrection was prophesized in the Old Testament in Psalm 16:10 by stating that the “Holy One” will not see corruption in his body. This was later quoted by Peter in Acts 2:24:
“In accordance with His own plan God had already decided to Jesus would be handed over to you; and you killed Him by letting sinful men crucify Him. But God raised Him from death, setting Him free from its power, because it was impossible that death should hold Him prisoner.”
His resurrection is proof that He made full atonement of our sins. It proved that Jesus was the Son of God as no other human being in history (before or after) ever bodily arose from death.
We celebrate resurrection each year on Easter Sunday. It should really be called, Resurrection Sunday.
If Jesus did not rise, the whole idea of redemption would have been a failure and our faith with be in vain. The resurrection also gives proof that we who were crucified with Christ will also rise with Him in the afterlife.
Jesus rose in His Resurrected Body. He was able to walk through walls, disappear and reappear in different locations, yet was still able to be recognized as a distinct person who can eat and drink. We, too, will have that same type of body when we are resurrected.
The resurrection is important in the fact that Jesus is ALIVE today, sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven, forever interceding and watching over us. It is proof that our Savior is eternal and will come again as there is life after death.
Additional References: 1 Thessalonians 4:14, John 11:25, Mark 16:6
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