The Resurrection

Posted on 28 Jan 2019, Speaker: Howard Katz

The Resurrection (The Russian Translation is unavailable)

 

  • Paul began his epistle to the Romans by declaring two essential facts:

 

Romans 1:1-4 NKJV

1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God

2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,

3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,

4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

  • Through Christ’s virgin birth, born of the seed of David, resulted in Him becoming the Son of Man. “who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh”
  • Through Christ’s resurrection He was declared to be the Son of God. “and declared to be the Son of God…by the resurrection from the dead.”
  • The resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrated both the power of God and Jesus’ perfect holiness.

“and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”

  • If Jesus had not lived a perfectly holy, blameless, and sinless life He would have remained in the grip of death.
  • Jesus’ resurrection declared that Jesus’ life—from His virgin birth, His sinless life, culminating in His suffering and death at Calvary—was perfectly fulfilled.

 

Romans 4:23-25 NKJV

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him,

24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,

25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

  • Jesus suffered for our offenses, but it is through His resurrection that we were justified and saved. If Christ had never been resurrected His sacrifice and death at Calvary would have been powerless to save us.

“who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”

 

Romans 10:8-9 NKJV

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

  • The most important truth a person must believe to be saved is that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead.

“if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

  • When Paul preached the Gospel, he not only included the resurrection, he emphasized it.
  • The full impact and power of the Gospel is manifest in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Without Jesus’ resurrection His virgin birth would have ended in futility. — A helpless baby born into a sinful world.
  • Without Jesus’ resurrection His death on the cross would have ended in tragedy. — A pointless life that culminated in unspeakable suffering and death.
  • Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth and sacrificial death resulted in victory. — Jesus’ resurrection resulted in the joyful message of the Gospel—“He is alive!”
  • Some Christians focus on Christ’s sufferings and death. In some denominations, people wear crosses with Jesus still hanging on the cross. The cross is empty and Jesus is risen!
  • Jesus is no longer a baby in a manger, nor is He still hanging on the cross. He was resurrected, ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
  • It is only through the resurrection of Jesus Christ that His suffering and death make sense.
  • Thousands of people were crucified by the Romans but only Jesus Christ was resurrected.
  • Because of Jesus Christ’s resurrection we rejoice in His virgin birth because the Saviour and Messiah came to earth.
  • Because of Jesus Christ’s resurrection we rejoice in His suffering and death on the cross because through His suffering He overcame sin, the world, and the devil to be the Saviour of all mankind.
  • If Christ had not been resurrected no Christian would celebrate His suffering and death on the cross, just as no one would celebrate the slow, horrible, and painful death of a loved one. Only a sadist would celebrate the suffering and death of another person.
  • However, because Jesus Christ is resurrected and has ascended to the right hand of the Father we can, should, and do rejoice for all that He willingly and lovingly suffered for us at Calvary.

 

John 19:30 NKJV

30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

  • As Jesus hung dying on the cross His final words, “It is finished” echoed the truth that Jesus had perfectly accomplished all the Father had called Him to do.
  • Jesus fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the Law and then through His perfect sacrifice He died in our place so we could be saved and redeemed.

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17).

  • During those three days while Jesus’ lifeless body lay in the tomb, it appeared to the Romans, to the Jewish leaders and even to Jesus’ own disciples that everything He lived for, preached and taught was in vain and his life ended in total and absolute failure.
  • However, at His resurrection it became apparent that Jesus was victorious and had accomplished a victory that was more wonderful, breathtaking, and indescribably glorious than anything His disciples could have ever imagined.
  • The resurrection is the coronation of the victory of all that Jesus achieved!
  • Jesus’ wiped clean the pages of our sins that were written against us by nailing them to the cross. He ended our relationship with the Law and closed the door forever to the condemnation found under the Mosaic Covenant.

“having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:14).

  • Christ’s resurrection opened a new and living way of the New Covenant so we could enter into abundant life on earth—and eternal life in Heaven.

“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Colossians 2:13).

  • We are “alive together with Him” through His resurrection.
  • The battle was fought at Calvary and the victory was proclaimed at His resurrection!
  • The following portion of Scripture thoroughly explores and expounds on the doctrine of Christ’s resurrection and emphasizes how absolutely essential His resurrection is to the Gospel message.

 

1 Corinthians 15 NKJV

12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

  • Apostle Paul summarized the preaching of the Gospel by saying “Christ has been raised from the dead.”
  • Apostle Paul then addressed a heresy that was trying to creep into the church—“how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?”

 

1 Corinthians 15

13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.

  • Paul then showed that if the dead are not resurrected then Christ Himself is not risen and He remains in the grave.

 

1 Corinthians 15

14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

  • If Christ is not risen from the dead then the Gospel is empty, void, and totally powerless.
  • If Christ is not risen from the dead then our faith is worthless.
  • Unbelievers look at our faith and the Gospel message with derision, scorn, and mockery. Because they do not believe in Jesus’ bodily resurrection, they see our faith in Christ as totally absurd and worthless.

 

1 Corinthians 15

15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise.

  • If Christ is not risen from the dead, we are worse than being deceived—we have become deceivers. Not only is our faith worthless but we are false witnesses and liars because we testify to an event that never occurred but which we are confident did occur—namely the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

 

1 Corinthians 15

16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.

17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

  • If there is no resurrection then Christ did not rise from the dead and He is still dead and we are still in our sins.
  • Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ everything else He did is meaningless and useless because his life would have ended in defeat.

 

1 Corinthians 15

18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

  • If Christ did not rise from the dead then He perished and all those who put their faith in Him also have perished.
  • If there is no resurrection, we will never see our loved ones again.
  • Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Gospel is not “the Good News” but “the bad news.”

 

1 Corinthians 15

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

  • Driving home the hopelessness of those who believe in Christ if the dead are not risen, Paul says, “we are of all men the most pitiable.”
  • If Christ is not risen from the dead then we would be the most miserable of all men because we have believed in a lie that has spawned false hope that will never be realized.
  • If Christ is not risen from the dead then our hope in Christ is only for this life and our faith has no value. Even worse, the Gospel would represent the cruelest joke and most despicable lie in all eternity because Jesus would still be dead and we would still be lost in our sins.

 

1 Corinthians 15

20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

  • After Paul painted the bleakest picture possible and took us to the brink of despair if Christ is not risen from the dead, he suddenly catapults us to the heights of joy and ecstasy with the words, “But now Christ is risen from the dead!
  • With those simple words, “But now Christ is risen from the dead” everything has changed. Instead of despair there is limitless and unquenchable joy and hope, knowing that even as Jesus has risen from the dead, so all those in Christ will also experience a glorious bodily resurrection.

and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

 

1 Corinthians 15

21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

  • Death came to all men through the sinful choices of the first Adam, but the resurrection of the dead came to all men through the second Adam, Jesus Christ!
  • No matter how wonderful Christ’s virgin birth, or how amazing Jesus’ perfect holy life, or His great expression of love as He willingly died for us on the cross, it is the resurrection that brings victory.
  • This is the reason that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very heart of the Gospel.

 

1 Corinthians 15

30 And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?

31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

  • Paul poses a question, “why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?” Why would Paul expose himself to so many terrible and painful tribulations for the sake of the Gospel?
  • The answer is obvious. “Because Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and He is alive forever more. The truth of the resurrection compels us to share the Gospel with all those around us no matter what the cost.”
  • “Because I live, you will live also.” (John 14:19). As believers in Jesus, we will also be resurrected and live with Him forever.
  • The resurrection makes everything we sacrifice for the Gospel worthwhile.
  • Paul then reiterated the importance of the resurrection by saying, “If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
  • Without the resurrection, life has no eternal purpose and the only logical response would be, “Let’s live for today without restraint and drown our sorrows in excess because tomorrow we perish.”

“And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:22-24).

  • Paul was willing to suffer and even die for the Gospel because he saw his suffering from the perspective of the resurrection. — “so that I may finish my race with joy.”

 

Hebrews 2:14-15 NKJV

14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

  • Through Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death and glorious resurrection He has defeated mankind’s greatest enemy—the devil, and vanquished mankind’s greatest fear—the fear of death. “He might destroy…the devil and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
  • Jesus removed our greatest fear and replaced it with our greatest joy—to have eternal life and to spend all eternity in unbroken fellowship with God and our fellow believers.
  • The resurrection of Jesus Christ is so glorious and powerful that it involved the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

Romans 6:4 NKJV

4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

  • Jesus was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father and by that same glory of the Father, believers should walk in newness of life!

 

John 10:18 NASBS

18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

  • Jesus by His own authority lay His life down and by His own authority He raised Himself from the dead.

 

Romans 8:11 NKJV

11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

  • Jesus was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit and the same power of the Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will give us power to live a victorious life even while we are in these mortal bodies.
  • Jesus Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, the authority of the Son, and the power of the Holy Spirit!

 

Revelation 1:5 NKJV

5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

  • Prior to Jesus’ resurrection, the Bible records in both the Old and New Testaments a number of people who were raised from the dead. However, Jesus’ resurrection is unlike any previous resurrection.
  • Those who were previously resurrected came back to life in their natural, temporal, corruptible, and mortal bodies only to experience death at a later date.
  • Jesus is the first person to be resurrected in an immortal, incorruptible, and gloriously eternal body.
  • That is why Jesus is described as “the firstborn from the dead” and “firstfruits of the resurrection.” (1 Corinthians 15:23). Jesus’ resurrection opened the way for the true and eternal resurrection.

 

1 John 3:2-3 NKJV

2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

  • Our glorified resurrected bodies will be similar to Christ’s!

 “…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24).

  • All of God’s promises that were unfulfilled or partially fulfilled on earth will be completely fulfilled in our resurrection bodies. “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
  • Every believer will be healed, here on earth or in their resurrected bodies in Heaven.

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

  • There will be no more sickness, tears, mourning, crying, or pain—no physical pain, no emotional pain. Imagine living without even the presence of sin! How glorious!

 

John 16:20 NKJV

20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.

  • At the crucifixion of Jesus Christ His disciples experienced their greatest sorrow and at Jesus Christ’s resurrection His disciples experienced their greatest joy.

 

Luke 24:34-43 NKJV

34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”

35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”

37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.

38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?

39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.

41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”

42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.

43 And He took it and ate in their presence.

  • As the disciples were gathered together and heard reports of Jesus’ resurrection, suddenly Jesus Himself bodily appeared in their midst.

“Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them”

  • To say the disciples were shocked would be an understatement! Their emotions spanned the entire gamut from grief over Jesus’ death, to perplexity over reports of His resurrection, to terror as He bodily appeared.

But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.

  • In their wildest dreams they never thought they would see Jesus again—let alone physically in their midst, so they presumed it was some kind of apparition.

 

  • Jesus’ first words to them were words of comfort, “Peace to you.”
  • Then Jesus sought to allay their fears, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?”
  • Their fears were rooted in doubt and confusion.
  • Jesus removed their doubts by proving that He had been bodily resurrected and that He was really standing in their midst. He asked them to touch Him.

“Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

“But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled”

  • The disciples were so overcome with joy and amazement that they were unable to intellectually process what they were seeing. It might be said they were experiencing joy inexpressible and full of glory. (1 Peter 1:8).
  • As believers, we need to pause and imagine what feelings of joy and wonderment flooded the hearts of the disciples. Words could not express their jubilation.
  • We need to cultivate this same joy and wonderment daily as we contemplate all that Jesus has done for us through His suffering, death, and glorious bodily resurrection!
  • We need to stir up that joy with the same words that resonated in the hearts of Jesus’ disciples when they first beheld Him—“He is alive.”
  • Jesus asked something that confirmed His resurrection in a physical body. “Have you any food here?”
  • Then Jesus ate a broiled fish sandwich topped off with a little honeycomb dessert.

“So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence.”

 

John 21:1-4,14-15 NKJV

1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself:

2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.

3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.

4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

  • John, Chapter 21, records an event that is both surprising and seemingly paradoxical. A few days after the disciples witnessed and experienced the reality that Jesus had been bodily resurrected they decided to go fishing.

“Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.””

  • There is nothing wrong that they chose to go fishing. However, it is surprising that the joy and marvel of Jesus’ resurrection faded so quickly that they returned to their previous occupation of fishermen.
  • Instead of continuing to talk and rejoice and be overwhelmed by the fact that Jesus is alive they looked at each other and said, “What do you want to do today?” Peter looked at them and said, “I am going fishing? Anyone want to come?” They acted as if what they had experienced was in the past and now it was back to business as usual.
  • It never occurred to the disciples that all they learned and experienced with Jesus for three and half years culminating in His resurrection had prepared them for a divine purpose. They were given a divine message that would change the world and the course of mankind!  

“the rulers of the city, crying out, ‘These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.’” (Acts 17:6b).

  • However, only a few days after beholding the resurrected Jesus all the disciples could think of doing was to go fishing.
  • In fact, the disciples were so distracted by their long night of fishing and empty nets that they failed to even recognize Jesus who was standing on the shore.

“But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.”

  • It would be fair to say that in the previous few days the disciples had spent little if any time reading the Word, praying, or even speaking about Jesus.
  • Often, when people first put their faith in Christ they are overwhelmed with an inexpressible joy and gratitude to God. Life is seen through a lens of faith as the reality of God permeates every area of their lives.
  • However, as time passes, the impact, the joy and gratitude for our salvation and the reality of Jesus’ resurrection dims. The marvelous and miraculous begins to fade into the mundane obscured by temporal pleasures and the problems of everyday life.
  • Instead of daily pursuing God in prayer and digging deeply into the Word our spiritual lives become shallow and our devotional times are dry and mechanical. We have lost the wonder of salvation. We take our salvation for granted and forget we can constantly experience the delight and joy of having an intimate relationship with God.
  • God wants us to learn to live a life where we are constantly abiding in Jesus and Jesus’ words are constantly abiding in us. Abiding in Christ will enable us to live a victorious and fruitful life.

 

John 21:12 NKJV

12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord.

  • When the disciples reached the shore, they behaved awkwardly around Jesus, not knowing what to say. They had failed to put into practice anything He had taught them over the previous three and a half years.
  • However, Jesus graciously broke the silence by saying, “You guys must be hungry. I just finished cooking up something. Why don’t you sit down and have some breakfast?”

 

John 21

14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

  • The disciples had gone back to fishing, back to their former profession and way of life before they met Jesus.  Unexpectedly, Jesus appeared to them the third time standing on the shore, not to condemn or rebuke them, but to remind them that God still had a great purpose for their lives.

“This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.”

  • Jesus’ purpose was to rekindle the wonderment and joy that had filled them the first time He had appeared to them after His resurrection and to remind them of the calling He had placed on their lives. Jesus had called them to be fishers of men and not fishers of fish.
  • Jesus made breakfast for His disciples and then He gently asked Peter a very probing question. “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
  • When reading this, some people think Jesus was saying, “Do you love Me more than these people?”
  • But when Jesus asked the question He was not pointing to the people around Peter. He was pointing to all the material things that surrounded Peter that were vying for his attention such as his boat, his nets—his material life. Jesus was asking Peter, “Do you love Me more than these things?”
  • Jesus then challenged Peter with the true purpose for which God had called him. “Feed My lambs.”
  • Even though they had seen Jesus twice since His resurrection they had lost the impact of the reality of His resurrection. Jesus appeared to them a third time to stir them up and remind them of their calling. They felt their ministry was finished, but it wasn’t the end, it was just the beginning!
  • Sometimes, as believers, we lose the vision of God’s true purpose for our earthly lives, but Jesus is there to remind us and awaken us.

 

Luke 24:50-53 NKJV

50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.

51 Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.

52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

53 and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.

  • At the ascension of Jesus Christ the disciples had finally taken hold of the great joy of knowing He was alive and that the Holy Spirit was always with them to guide, comfort, and empower them.
  • Seeing the power that resurrected Christ enabled the disciples to face hardships, disappointments, and even martyrdom with peace and joy.
  • The disciples’ hearts were moved because they saw Christ’s love for them as He hung on the cross, but their faith was ignited upon seeing Him resurrected.
  • There was no joy in the hearts of the disciples witnessing His death, but they were filled with joy at seeing Him resurrected.
  • Jesus’ resurrection transformed their understanding of Christ’s sufferings from one of unspeakable sorrow and tragedy to one of unspeakable joy and victory.

 

Mark 16:6-7 NKJV

6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.

7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

  • Jesus’ disciples experienced great trauma as they witnessed and experienced His betrayal, suffering, crucifixion, and death on Calvary.
  • The trauma was not simply the result of seeing the unbearable shame and suffering that Jesus endured, but also how many times they failed Him, and for Peter, how he had denied Jesus.
  • All the disciples fled and abandoned Jesus at His greatest moment of need when He was betrayed and arrested.
  • However, all these and other traumas were dealt with at Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
  • The angel instructed that word of Jesus’ resurrection should be announced to His disciples personally, “tell His disciples—and Peter.” Jesus especially wanted to encourage Peter who had denied Jesus three times, and even swore an oath that he did not know Him.
  • All the trauma and injustice of life that plagues and torments us is dealt with when we have a clear view of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary and His glorious resurrection. When the angel said “tell His disciples—and Peter” he was saying, “Everything had been put right because He is alive.”

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NKJV

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

  • As we face and experience times of sorrow and even temporary separation from loved ones because of death there is a comfort and joy because of the hope of the resurrection.
  • Our loved ones haven’t gone, they’ve just gone ahead.
  • We need to live our lives each day in the light of two resurrections—Jesus’ resurrection and our future resurrection.
  • Jesus’ disciples were willing to preach the Gospel, suffer hardship and die as martyrs, not only because they witnessed His sufferings and death on the cross, but because they spoke and interacted with the resurrected Christ.
  • Because of Jesus’ resurrection everything else makes sense!

 

JESUS IS ALIVE!!!

 

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