The Power of the Resurrection

Resurrection

The day after the death and burial of Jesus, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered before Pilate worried that the disciples’ may steal the body. So Pilate ordered soldiers to guard the tomb (). However, nothing was going to get in the way of what happened early that Sunday morning – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ refers to that event in which He was raised to life. It occurred three days after His crucifixion (Luke 24:46; Acts 10:40; 1 Cor. 15:4), which took place on the first day of the week (Mark 16:9). The resurrection of Christ was an event foretold by the prophets (Psalm 16:10) and prophesied by Christ Himself (Matt. 20:19; Mark 9:9; 14:28; John 2:19-22) – it was a necessary event (Luke 24:45-46). After His resurrection He appeared to Mary Magdaline and other women (Matt. 28:9; Mark 16:9; John 20:18). He also appeared to the disciples (John 20:26), to a crowd of about 500 (1 Cor. 15:6) and later on to Paul (1 Cor. 15:8). The resurrection was the power of the Triune God on display (The Father: Acts 2:24; 3:15; Rom. 8:11; Eph. 1:20; Col. 2:13; the Son: John 2:19; 10:18 and the Holy Spirit: 1 Peter 3:18). It was powerful! In this post I would like to sure three demonstrations of the power of the resurrection of Christ in the life of the Christian.

The Power of the Resurrection in Justification
If we are going to be forgiven of sins and justified by God, it was necessary that the Lord Jesus Christ would rise from the dead. The act of the Jesus Christ rising up from the grave was a public demonstration that Christ’s suffering and death satisfied the wrath of God. The Father accepted and approved the perfect sacrifice of His Son. In his letter to the Romans Paul writes concerning Christ, “who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (). If this did not occur we would be bot be forgiven. In his grand chapter on the resurrection Paul again writes, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17).

The Power of the Resurrection in Sanctification
By virtue of the resurrection of Christ, the believer is granted the ability to grow in Christlikeness. It logically flows from the previous point that if Christ was not raised from the dead we would still be lost in our sins. However, because we have been raised up with Christ, we are to “seek those things that are above” (). Because of our union with Him we are to pursue those things that are pleasing unto the Lord. The resurrection of Christ enables us to bear fruit for God (cf. ). As we strive to walk in the will of Lord, let us be reminded that our resurrected Lord is interceding for us ().

The Power of the Resurrection in Glorification
The power of the resurrection is also seen in the certainty of the believer’s future bodily resurrection. Jesus stated plainly,

Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment” ().

The reality behind what we read in is amazing. Every single person in history will one day be raised up and will stand before God. With authority and command, the Lord Jesus Christ will speak and the dead will be raised. Note that Jesus speaks of two different kinds of resurrection – “the resurrection of life” and “the resurrection of judgment“. The first is in reference to believers and the second to unbelievers. The reason why some are able to expect the resurrection of life is because they trust in Christ for salvation. It is His death and resurrection that makes their future one possible. This future event is something the people of God for centuries have anticipated (; ). This will be a spectacular event. At the return of Jesus Christ His people will be changed instantly. They will receive resurrected bodies and will be fitted out to enjoy the eternal kingdom of their Lord.

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is powerful.

 

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.

34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

The Resurrection Matters

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The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is an event of first importance. The apostle Paul said to the Corinthians,

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” ().

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ refers to that event in which He was raised to life. It occurred three days after His crucifixion (; ; ) and it took place on the first day of the week (). The resurrection of Christ was an event foretold by the prophets () and prophesied by Christ Himself (; ; ) – it was a necessary event (). After His resurrection He appeared to Mary Magdaline and other women (; ; ). He also appeared to the disciples (), to a crowd of about 500 () and later on to Paul (). The resurrection was the power of the Triune God on display (The Father: ; ; ; ; the Son: and the Holy Spirit: ). Continue reading The Resurrection Matters

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,

40 but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear,

that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

[[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.

19 and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Mark 14:28

28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,

And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.

[[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

Acts 3:15

15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.

11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

John 10:18

18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,