The Significance of Resurrection of Jesus
The resurrection of Jesus is significant—more so than any other resurrection ever to have taken place for these reasons:
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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. “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).
- Without Jesus’ resurrection, we would have no assurance of His coming. “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works” (Matthew 16:27). He will come to judge the world. “because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).
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