What is so important about the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

The resurrection of Jesus is significant—more so than any other resurrection ever to have taken place for these reasons:

1-Only Jesus rose never to die again. Jesus, “having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him” (Romans 6:9). Jesus said of Himself: “I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore” (Revelation 1:17-18).

2-Jesus rising from the dead was prophesied in the Old Testament. No resurrected person other than Jesus had his or her resurrection foretold by an Old Testament prophet “After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight” (Hosea 6:2).

3-Only Jesus prophesied of the precise day in which He would arise from the grave, and then fulfilled that prediction. No one mentioned in the Bible who rose from the dead prophesied about his resurrection beforehand, other than Jesus. And certainly no one ever prophesied about the exact day on which he or she would arise from the dead, save Jesus. This prior knowledge and prophecy makes His resurrection a significant event (Matthew 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; Mark 9:31; 10:34; Luke 9:22; 13:32; 18:33;24:7, 46).

4-Jesus rising from the dead was preceded by a perfect life—a life lived, given up, and restored in the resurrection for the purpose of becoming man’s Prince, Savior, and Mediator. He was “pure” and “righteous” (1 John 3:3; 2:1), “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). He was “a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:19), “Who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

5-Without Jesus rising from the dead, there would be no “Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31). Without Jesus’ resurrection, He would not be able to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). Without Jesus’ resurrection, we would have no assurance of His coming and subsequent judgment (Acts 17:31).

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

 

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