The resurrection of Christ from the grave was His final demonstration and ultimate evidence of His claim of being the Son of God. His resurrection also demonstrated His power and defeat of death. And by His victory over death, we … Christians … will be resurrected with Him.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”
At the gravesite of Lazarus, Jesus provided a preview of what was to come. His resurrection of Lazarus affirmed His claim and power as the Son of God. As the Son of God, Jesus has the power to give life to those who are dead. Moreover, His is a resurrection power to grant eternal life to those who died but believed in Him … certainly a good thing for Lazarus in this case. But Christ’s resurrection power isn’t just for those who died in Him. Those who are alive and believe in Him will never experience the curse associated with death, for they will experience eternal life and will always be with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).
“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 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 … “
An angel announced the risen Christ similar to an angel announced the coming birth of Christ. Just as the birth announcement was made to the “lowly” of society, so too was the announcement of Christ’s resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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: and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”
Christ was seen after His resurrection by many people; some individually, some in groups, and some in a mass of people. After His ascension, He was seen by Saul (now the Apostle Paul) on the way to Damascus (Acts 9) immediately before his conversion.
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.”
The conclusion of the resurrection of Jesus Christ was His ascension to be with the Father in heaven, which was witnessed by this disciples. Likewise, our spirit will be with Christ forever and later be rejoined by new and improved bodies at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).
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