As Christians, we need to have our shield of faith constantly ready. Our faith in Jesus begins with the fact that He was raised from the dead. The foundation of Christianity is the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
But what makes the resurrection of Jesus so important? Here’s why I’m asking this question. When you study the Bible you will find that a lot of people were raised from the dead.
- Elijah raised the widow’s son from the dead, 1 Kings 17:21-22.
- Elisha raised a boy back from the dead, 2 Kings 4:32-35.
- In 2 Kings 13:20-21, a dead man who was thrown in the tomb of Elisha came back to life!
- Jesus in Luke 7:11-16 would raise a widow’s son to life.
- Jesus raised Lazarus who had been dead for four days back to life, John 11:43-45.
- After the death of Jesus some who had died were resurrected, Matthew 27:52-53.
- The apostles had the power to raise people back to life, Acts 9:36-43.
- I’ve said all of this to show that there were quite a few who were raised from the dead.
- Jesus was too, John 20:1-7. But what made His resurrection so unique? How would you answer that? Let’s consider a couple of things.
Some reasons that make the resurrection of Jesus so unique.
First, Jesus predicted His death and resurrection and it came to pass as He said it would. Jesus told many that He would die and be raised from the dead, John 2:19-22; Matthew 12:40. Unlike the others who were resurrected, none of them predicted their death, much less their resurrection. But Jesus did. People can make claims of what will happen, but claims have to be backed up. That’s what Jesus did, John 10:17-18. That’s what makes His resurrection even more special.
Second, the prophets predicted the resurrection of Jesus. None of the prophets predicted the resurrection of the men and women we read about. But the prophets predicted the resurrection of Jesus, Acts 2:25-28.
Third, Jesus rose from the grave never to die again. While others were resurrected, they eventually died. None of them are still alive on the earth. If they were, they would have more Twitter followers and more Facebook likes than anyone in the world! And none of them ascended into heaven alive. But that’s not the case with Jesus. Jesus rose to life never to die again, Romans 6:9. He ascended into heaven never to die again, Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 1:17-18. His resurrection is unique because He will never see corruption again, Acts 13:34.
Fourth, the resurrection of Jesus is unique because it declared Him to be the Son of God. The resurrection of Jesus pointed to His divine nature, Romans 1:4. A miracle itself didn’t mean that the person who worked it or who it was performed on was deity. The resurrection of people like Tabitha didn’t mean she was deity. But in the case of Christ, it did. Now we need to consider another question.
How important is the resurrection of Jesus to us?
How has the resurrection of Jesus affected our lives? How should it affect our lives? Check out this blog I did a few years ago about the impact it should have on us.
While it’s great to know these facts about Jesus and His resurrection, they must change our lives for the better. The resurrection of Jesus changed lives in the first century, Acts 2:37. It caused people to change how they would live, Acts 19:17-19.
The resurrection of Jesus is to be of first importance in our lives, 1 Corinthians 15:1-3.
- Many have been taught about the resurrection of Jesus for a long time. But do they really believe it to be true? They should! We should. God has given us evidence for us to know that it is true. The evidence should change our lives! (For more study on the resurrection of Jesus, I recommend studying Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I also recommend checking out my book recommendations. Under the religious section consider buying books #7, #8, and especially #11).
- Because of the resurrection of Jesus, our relationship with Him should be the most important relationship in our lives.
- The resurrection of Jesus should change how we view life. What is it that really matters in life? Is it how many Facebook likes we get on our posts? Is it whether we have the latest phone? Is it how popular we may be at school? Is it how far we succeed in sports? These things will come and go.
- What really matters is the fact that Jesus rose from the grave. What really matters is that God came in the flesh and lived on this earth to save us from sin. What really matters is realizing that one day we will die and be raised and stand before Him, Acts 17:30-31.
- The truth is that the resurrection of Jesus should impact every decision we make We measure our time by the life of Jesus.
His life should affect how we spend the rest of our days.