Raised From The Dead…So What?

The Bible teaches that on the third day Christ rose from the grave and showed Himself alive to His disciples. Why is this resurrection so special? Weren’t lots of people raised from the dead in the Bible? (1 Kings 17:22, 2 Kings 4:34-35, 2 Kings 13:20-21, Matthew 9:18-26, Luke 7:11-15, John 11: 39-44, Acts 9:40-41, Acts 20:9-20). Sure, being raised from the dead is a neat trick, but, why does it matter?
 
What made the resurrection of Jesus noteworthy and unique was that His death was a response to God’s calling in His life. A response that was not given for himself, but, for others. Christ received no benefit for enduring what He did. It is us, His redeemed, who reap all the benefit.
 
For our gain, Christ experienced a cruel suffering in His body and soul. He was ridiculed, tortured, crucified, murdered and buried. After three days in the grave He rose from the dead, with the same body. After being seen by more then 500 people He ascended into heaven, and today sits beside His Father, making intervention for me and, I pray, you.
 
The factual resurrection of Jesus proves that He is the Son of God. It proves that Jesus’ doctrine is the truth. It proves that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for the reclaiming of man. And, it proves that all those who have a relationship with Him will be with Him for eternity.
 
His endurance, death and resurrection were freely given to us to make us acceptable to God. Simply believing this story as fact is not enough. We must look to Jesus as our only possible rescuer. We must live each day of our lives with loving adoration and appreciation. Our gratitude for this perfect gift can easily be demonstrated by loving Him enough to share this amazing news with those who do not know. Christ has risen!

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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