The Power of the Resurrection and Why Jesus Died and Rose Again
Written by Christi Given | April 28, 2014
PI Girls, as you know, I love reading God’s Word and I will be contributing a couple of articles a month on a “Bible study” topic for you. My prayer is that these pieces will deepen your faith, stir a hunger for more truth and spark an interest in other facets of your relationship with Christ.
Easter has come and gone, and the month of April has slipped away, yet I still want to reflect on the significance of Resurrection Day. The resurrection is so essential to the gospel of the Bible and the good news of Jesus Christ. Jesus not only was sent into the world by God (as His Son) to save the world and to die on the cross, but also to defeat and conquer sin and death through the shedding of his blood, the ultimate sacrifice.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25)
Many may ask: “Why did Jesus have to die and rise again? What was the Lord’s purpose in sending His son, Jesus, the Messiah?” The word “Messiah,” according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, means “(Judaism) a king who will be sent by God to save the Jews.” Jesus was prophesied about and spoken of in a very detailed, specific way on how His people would recognize Him. The prophet Jeremiah wrote about how Jesus would be from the bloodline of King David, and how He would save His people and would be called “The Lord Our Righteous Savior.” Those words came to pass, which you can read in the New Testament.
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will raise up for Davida righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.” (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
We know the prophet Micah spoke about how Christ would be born in the city of David (Micah 5:2), which happened and was fulfilled in Luke 2:11 in the New Testament; it was written hundreds of years AFTER this prophesy was made. There are two large sections of the Bible (the Old and New Testament). Think of them as two large chapters, yet in between them are many books or testimonies (and chapters) of different witnesses and people of God who are sharing the Word of God breathed.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David… (Luke 1:32)
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)
Jesus told the disciples at the appointed time He would leave them to be betrayed, and that they could not come where He was going (Matthew 26). They did not quite understand because they loved the Lord and wanted to go with Him. At the last supper (during Passover), Jesus had His last meal with them, and just as he spoke prophetically, that night He was handed over to be arrested. Everything God said would happen did happen. Isn’t God amazing? He is so powerful, wonderful, mighty, all-powerful, all knowing and worthy to be praised! Christ was arrested, beaten and crucified to be the final lamb slayed for sin, but He rose again in victory and conquered death so that we may live with God in eternity! What a powerful way for God to intervene on our behalf!
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” (Matthew 26:1-2)
This is why the resurrection is vital. Without the power of the resurrection on the third day, we wouldn’t have eternal life (1 Corinthians 15; read more to understand this). This is what proved to His disciples that Jesus was who He proclaimed He was. Jesus was the Messiah, a lunatic or a liar—he couldn’t be all three. You choose who He is. He is either King and Lord as prophesied, or He is a liar. Christ spoke about how He would die and rise again on the third day. Amazingly enough, of course the Son of God rose from the grave. He has the power over life and death.
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15: 13-20)
It takes FAITH to believe, but why do we doubt? We have breath in our lungs right now, the sun rises and sets every day…why can’t we believe that God LOVED us so much that He would die so we could live? “Because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14:19)
There had to be a resurrection so that our spirits can be resurrected when we leave our human fleshly bodies. We will have new glorified bodies in eternity (1 Corinthians 15:40) where we will be united with our loved ones, God our Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit—what a celebration will this be! All are welcome to the wedding supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-9), but only those who ACCEPT the invitation will be let in. Accept Christ today, ask Jesus to cleanse you from your shortcomings, failings and sin to be Holy and pure before God. When we die and are absent from the body, it says we will be present with the Lord.
Let Jesus take your place, we cannot do it on our own. We don’t know when our last day will be, repent and live!
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
(2 Corinthians 5:8)
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