Significance of Jesus’ Resurrection

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Jesus’ resurrection has significance for Christians because it reveals Christ to be God in the flesh. The significance in the event of the resurrection is intertwined with the significance of the person who was raised. Throughout His life, Jesus had claimed to be the Son of God, for which reason the religious leaders sought to put Him to death (cf. John 8:31-59). At the sight of our Lord’s death, a soldier standing nearby declared, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39). Beyond this, the resurrection was proof positive that the Lord Jesus was the Son of God, even as He had declared (cf. Rom. 1:3-4). In his message at Pentecost, Peter taught that the resurrection of Christ by the Father (through the Holy Spirit) was God’s vindication of His Son, His message, and His work: Acts 2:23-24, “this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. But God raised him up, having released him from the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held in its power (NET).”[1] The spiritual truth that the resurrection points to is that God has made Himself known to man through a series of events recorded throughout the Bible. The coming of Jesus of Nazareth was the climax of this series of redemptive events; and his resurrection is the event that validates all that came before.[2]  If Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in John 11:1-44 shows His divine power over death,[3]  His resurrection goes even further showing that death has no power over Him because He is God.  Our Lord’s resurrection was the first genuine resurrection in the history of man. His resurrection is referred to as “the first fruits,” for there will be many who will follow after Him; 1 Cor. 15:23 says, “But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to him (NET).”[4] Acts 1:9 describes Jesus’ exaltation-ascension which brought Him to God’s side as Peter says in Acts 2:33.[5] The eyewitness motif is key because it will stress that the point of the resurrection was not merely to vindicate Jesus’ claims and show Him alive but also to bring Him to the side of God to indicate His current and future authority.[6]

 

 

[1] Robert L. Deffinbaugh, “The Significance of the Resurrection,” Bible.org, May 28, 2004. https://bible.org/article/significance-resurrection

[2] Daniel B. Wallace, “The Resurrection of Christ: Theological Implications,” Bible.org, May 28, 2004. https://bible.org/article/resurrection-christ-theological-implications

[3] Elmer Towns, The Gospel of John: Believe and Live. (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2002), xiii.

[4] Robert L. Deffinbaugh, “The Significance of the Resurrection,” Bible.org, May 28, 2004. https://bible.org/article/significance-resurrection

[5] Darrell L. Bock, Acts. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007), 68.

[6] Ibid.

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