The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most significant events in Christianity. It is a cornerstone of the faith and has been celebrated by Christians around the world for centuries.
But what did Jesus say about the Resurrection? Let’s take a closer look.
Jesus Foretells His Resurrection
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus spoke about His impending death and resurrection. In Matthew 16:21, He said to His disciples, “From that time on, Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
The Significance of Jesus’ Resurrection
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is significant for several reasons. First, it confirms His identity as the Son of God. Romans 1:4 says that Jesus “was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead.”
Second, it provides hope for believers in eternal life. As 1 Peter 1:3 says, “In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Finally, it demonstrates God’s power over death and sin.
Jesus Appears After His Resurrection
After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples several times. In Luke 24:36-43, He appeared to them in a locked room and showed them His hands and feet. In John 20:19-23, He appeared to them again and breathed on them, giving them the Holy Spirit.
The Great Commission
Before ascending into heaven, Jesus gave His disciples what is known as The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. He said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a fundamental belief in Christianity. Jesus foretold His resurrection, confirmed His identity through it, and provided hope for believers in eternal life.
He appeared to His disciples after His resurrection and gave them The Great Commission before ascending into heaven. As Christians, we celebrate the Resurrection every year at Easter and remember its significance in our faith.