The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a fundamental belief of Christianity. It is the event that set Christianity apart from all other religions.
The resurrection made it possible for Christians to have hope in eternal life. But what does the Bible say about Jesus’ resurrection?
The Resurrection of Jesus
The Bible records that on the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, He rose from the dead. The Gospel of Matthew tells us that an angel appeared to the women who had come to visit Jesus’ tomb and said, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said” (Matthew 28:6). The Gospel of Mark records that when the women went to the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in white who told them, “Do not be alarmed.
You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here” (Mark 16:6).
Why Is the Resurrection Important?
The resurrection of Jesus is important for several reasons. First and foremost, it proves that Jesus was indeed who He claimed to be – 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 shows that death has been defeated and that we can have hope in eternal life. First Corinthians 15:20-22 says, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” Thirdly, it gives us assurance that we too will be resurrected after death.
What Did Jesus Teach About His Resurrection?
Jesus Himself taught about His resurrection before it happened. In John 2:19-21, He said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
When the Jews asked Him for a miraculous sign to prove His authority, He replied, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” In Matthew 12:40, He said that just as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and nights, so the Son of Man would be in the heart of the earth for three days and nights.
What Does the Resurrection Mean for Us?
The resurrection of Jesus means that we can have hope in eternal life. It means that death has been defeated and that we too can be resurrected after death.
It means that we have a Savior who has conquered death and who intercedes for us before God. Romans 8:34 says, “Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”
In conclusion, the Bible teaches that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after His crucifixion. This event is fundamental to Christianity because it proves that Jesus was indeed who He claimed to be – the Son of God.
It also gives us hope in eternal life and assurance that we too will be resurrected after death. Let us hold fast to this belief and live our lives with hope in Christ’s resurrection.