Jesus’ Resurrection from the Dead: What does it Mean?
Matthew 28:6-7 “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” NKJV
The Bible for some people is just a great book written with a lot of wonderful stories in it that have made for some good entertainment at the movies and on television. Other people view the Bible as a book with very good proverbs or principles that one can govern their lives with in order to live a successful life down here on the earth. Sadly there are some who claim to believe the Bible, but their purpose is to use this book to gain earthly wealth by giving carnal people what they want to hear from this book about living a great and prosperous life on earth and so they appeal to the emotions and fear in people and use great swelling words flattering people to gain financial advantage with them and build their own earthly kingdom and not the spiritual Kingdom of God. Also there are some who flat out believe this book the Bible is only a book of lies written through the mind of men to instill fear in people about @#!*% so that they could lord over them and also gain political, social, and financial advantage over people. Lastly and gloriously there is a tiny remnant of humanity that believes every word of this book the Bible to be the only truth directly from the mind of the One True God and it is because they have encountered the Man this book is written about and the One and only Man to rise or come back from the dead, Jesus Christ.
Death is the certain conclusion for every human life (as we documented in the article entitled, “Jesus Explains Man’s Death and Resurrection”) though most human beings try to block out the thought and so as to make death disappear. However, no one can make that reality disappear no matter how much money they have or how much they eat healthy foods or how much they exercise their body or how much of the best earthly medicine they ingest into their body. The first man Adam sinned against God and in so doing he passed that very same corrupt sin nature to every human being that came from him. All human beings are the product of this one man and his wife Eve.
God told Adam earlier that he would die immediately if he rebelled and so he died instantly spiritually (meaning he was separated from fellowship with God) and later he died physically. We are all made from one blood and so we all have the disease of sin which leads to death as the Scripture says, “The soul that sins shall surely die.” Therefore, if death is certain for every person, then what happens after death is the most important question to be asked and answered by every living soul. Some will say well after death there is nothing and the person no longer exist. Others will say that the person goes on to a better place and some will say all will go to Heaven if they lived a good life. Well, the Bible says, “It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment.” The Bible also says, “There is none good no not one.” History clearly gives evidence of the Man Jesus Christ to have lived in the region of Galilee as the Scriptures testify of Him. The human arguments arise about who He was and what He did during the course of His life. Some continue to believe the Man Jesus was a good Man and a great Teacher and nothing more. Jesus too many was just a man and not at all the God-Man that His followers claim Him to be.
But God did intervene into man’s sin dilemma with His great and awesome love for man though man rebelled against Him. God because He loves man so much did become a Man in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Jesus Christ then lived a perfect sinless life for 331/2 years and laid down His life in death as a sacrifice or substitute for every sinful person to receive His sin payment and thereby making a way for every person to get back into fellowship with God. Jesus died on the cross shedding His blood and it is His blood that cleanses the sinners heart from wicked works to serve the living God. Finally, Jesus Christ proved that He was not just man but the God-Man by becoming the first ever human being to be resurrected from the dead and in so doing He has defeated death for every soul that comes to Him with a contrite and broken heart over their sin. Once the person cries out to God acknowledging themselves to be a sinner and turns from their sin to Jesus Christ, then at that moment the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ body from death immediately raises their dead spirit (disconnected from God) to life in Christ and they receive Resurrection Life and are forever made new creatures in Christ Jesus. See article entitled "The Highest Form of Life", http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=87758).
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” NKJV
Acts 10:39-41 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. NKJV
Acts 13:29-30 Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead. NKJV
Acts 17:30-31 “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” NKJV
Acts 26:23 “That the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” NKJV
Romans 1:3-4 Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. NKJV
Romans 8:10-11 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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. NKJV
Romans 10:9 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. NKJV
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you --- unless you believed in vain. 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. NKJV
1 Corinthians 15:20-22 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. NKJV
Colossians 1:18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. NKJV
Colossians 2:11-12 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. NKJV
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from Heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. NKJV
Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. NKJV
1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. NKJV
“On what does the Christian argument for Immortality really rest? It stands upon the pedestal on which the theologian rests the whole of historical Christianity--the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Henry Drummond 1851-1897
“Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendor.” Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892
“Let us consider this settled, that no one has made progress in the school of Christ who does not joyfully await the day of death and final resurrection.” John Calvin 1509-1564
“The truth of the resurrection gives life to every other area of gospel truth. The resurrection is the pivot on which all of Christianity turns and without which none of the other truths would much matter. Without the resurrection, Christianity would be so much wishful thinking, taking its place alongside all other human philosophy and religious speculation.” John MacArthur
“In his life, Christ is an example, showing us how to live; in his death, he is a sacrifice, satisfying for our sins; in his resurrection, a conqueror; in his ascension, a king; in his intercession, a high priest.”
“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime.” Martin Luther 1483-1546
“The risen life of Jesus is the nourishment and strengthening and blessing and life of a Christian. Our daily experience ought to be that there comes, wavelet by wavelet, that silent, gentle, and yet omnipotent influx into our empty hearts, this very life of Christ Himself.” Alexander MacLaren 1826-1910
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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