The Resurrection? What’s That?

The Resurrection (Greek “Anastasis” = raised to life again) of Jesus Christ is the bedrock of Biblical Christianity – if missing and not true, as so many New Age, Contemplative leaders declare, our faith is void and useless. The Resurrection truth is the very reason so many left-leaning “theologians” and new paraphrases of God’s Word try to downplay and ignore it.

However, Jesus Christ is God in the Flesh, the Savior. After He was resurrected from the dead, He was not an apparition, nor a phantom nor a ghost. He was/is the Messiah, Jesus Christ in the Flesh.

The Truth from God’s Word, KJV:
“In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. HE IS NOT HERE: FOR HE IS RISEN, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:1-6

HE IS RISEN!! The resurrection of Jesus is not only Biblical fact but is also recorded in secular history. One such historian is Josephus, a Jewish Pharisee and possible a near contemporary of Jesus testifies to the reality of Jesus and His resurrection. (Jewish Antiquities, 18.3.3 §63 )

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope [guarantee] by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3

The Gospel: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

“And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain [useless]. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.” 1 Corinthians 15:14-18

Without the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we as well as all believers in Jesus throughout history have no hope, no Heaven, no fellowship with Christ and no eternal life.

But YES!!
“And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.” 1 Corinthians 6:14

The Resurrection of Jesus is real, factual and not to be denied or minimized. We thank God for His promise of eternal life. We all deserve to be eternally separated from God but Christ paid that death penalty for everyone and said that all who Believe or Trust in Him alone (without works of righteousness, not joining, not “following”) HAVE eternal life. Then we who have trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior will likewise be with Him eternally in Heaven!

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8

Jesus died and arose, that’s history.

Jesus died and arose for ME and I believe it, that’s Salvation.

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10 responses to “The Resurrection? What’s That?

  1. Thanks, Jack. I printed the, “What is Biblical Hope” which you recommended. I look forward to reading over it and reflecting on it. Thanks for taking the time to write. God bless you and yours, and thanks for your heart for the Lord.

  2. Erick and Mary Ann,

    So happy to have you drop by. I noticed your comments on Pearl’s Blog.

    I certainly pray you and I share that confidence in God’s promises, especially about our eternity by His Grace.

    Here is a verse that I share with folks to insure that they are secure in Christ:
    “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13

    I want unbelievers and believers to boldly KNOW they are going to Heaven — and why and then share it!!!

    Erick, I enjoyed reading your Blog post about “Hope.” Thanks for your service to our country and your church flock.

    Please check the header at the top of my Blog and read “What is Biblical Hope.” It is the most read post on my Blog (15-25 a day) and I have had notes from folks all over the world, lay people and pastors who asked permission to use it in their studies and messages. Naturally I encourage that.

    Please come back and visit in between your coffee and your coffee (or during). I cannot drink coffee but appreciate those who do. 😉 (Shirley loves coffee)

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  3. Sorry, I meant to subscribe to be notified of new posts via email and I forgot to “check” that box. It requires me to enter another comment to do so, so here I am 🙂

  4. Thanks for the confidence you share with us of our security in Christ. God bless you and yours.

  5. Hi Drew,

    Thanks for the question. Most would see that I use the KJV regularly in my study and writing. That is true. The KJV is the easiest for me to research and read. I have found errors in some of the paraphrases and so-called “translations” so it behooves me to use that with I am familiar and comfortable.
    I would not lose fellowship over a fellow believer who uses other versions but I would caution them to study carefully — just as I would suggest with any Bible. I would especially caution those who would use paraphrases such as the NIV, MacArthur Study Bible, some Calvinist paraphrases and that abomination, the Message, etc.
    In every event, we should be Bereans in our study — what we read or hear — check it out contextually with Scripture.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  6. AOW,

    Thanks for your kind visit. I pray Mr. AOW is getting better — and that y’all will rejoice year round with all of us in the glorious Resurrection of our Savior.
    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  7. Jack,
    And all we redeemed Believers say, “Amen!”

    A blessed Resurrection Season to you and your family, Jack.

  8. Hate to divert topics, but you a KJV-onlyist?

  9. Gramma2Many ,

    You are very kind for dropping in..

    The Resurrection is an amazing truth — so often neglected.

    See you in Heaven some day!!! Maybe the Rapture?

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  10. I just commented on a friends blog that the two favorite Holy Days are Christmas and Resurrection Sunday. We cannot have Resurrection Sunday without Christmas and Christmas is meaningless with out the Resurrection.
    This is an amazing message. It is so sad that so many refuse to see and believe. It is so simple.