In the afterglow of the celebration of Jesus' victory over death we take a look at the word "resurrection" on this Easter Monday. The resurrection of Jesus, while denied and rejected by many, has a great deal of evidence to support it. 1) The resurrection is prophecied in the Old Testament and many places. Job (19:23-27) refers not only to the resurrection of Jesus, but also our resurrection on the last day. 2) Jesus Himself foretold His own resurrection (Luke 18:31-33) as well as our resurrection from death (John 14:19). 3) The tomb of Jesus was empty. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, the authorities simply would have had to produce the body of Jesus to remove all doubt. 4) The followers of Jesus boldly proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus, and many gave their lives for that truth. Who would give their life for a lie? 5) There are examples of other resurrections in the Old Testament (2 Kings 4:18-37), the Ministry of Jesus (Luke 7:11-16; Mark 5:35-42; and John 11), and in the ministry of the apostles (Acts 9:37-42; 20:9-12). God has given us plenty of evidence to see that the resurrection is true for Jesus, and for us. What hope and comfort is ours in the resurrection of Jesus who died for our sins and was raised for our justification!
April 17, 2017