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!