Published on April 23rd, 2011 | by Dustin Schledewitz
Truths of the Resurrection
It is hard to believe that Easter has arrived already this year. In the midst of the busyness of school, family, and job interviews, I have not taken time to contemplate the truth and the hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I say this to my shame, but I want to begin to change that now. With all kinds of peripheral activities going on each day, this core truth of Christianity has past, present, and future implications for the Christian.
As I began to think about the resurrection, I remembered reading a book called, Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions by Samples. In this book he shared 10 essential truths about the resurrection. I want to share those with you, and I pray that this helps us to get our minds on the truths of this history changing event.
10 Essential Truths about the Resurrection (Samples 135-136):
- The resurrection is the ultimate confirmation of Jesus’ identity as the divine Messiah, Savior, and Lord (Rom. 1:3-4; 14:9). The resurrection confirms the truth of everything that Jesus said.
- Because Jesus Christ rose from the dead as a man – with a physical body as part of his human nature – he permanently identified with humanity and is the God-man forever.
- When God raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Acts 2:24; 3:15) all three members of the Trinity were involved: Father (Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 6:14; Gal. 1:1; Eph. 1:20), Son (John 10:17-18; 11:25; Heb. 7:16), and Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:11). This confirms God’s full involvement in salvation.
- The resurrection designates Jesus Christ as the forever-living head of the Christian church (Eph. 1:19-22).
- Christ’s resurrection power is active in, and ensures, the believer’s eternal salvation (Rom. 4:25; 10:9-10; Eph. 2:5-6; Phil. 3:10).
- Christ’s resurrection power is available to empower all believers as they seek to live in obedience and gratitude to God (Rom. 6:12-13).
- Christ’s resurrection is the pledge and paradigm for the future bodily resurrection of all believers (1 Cor. 6:14; 15:20; 2 Cor. 9:14; Phil. 3:21; Col. 1:18; 1 Thess. 4:14).
- Christ’s resurrection is the answer to mankind’s greatest existential predicament, being stalked by death.
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the major theme of the apostles’ original preaching and teaching (Acts 1:22; 2:31; 4:2, 33; 17:18), and the chief doctrinal tenet of the New Testament as a whole.
- The truth or falsity of the Christian gospel rests squarely upon the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.
1. Which of these truths was new to you?
2. Which of these truths do you find particularly applicable to your life now? How so?