Since resurrection is a rare phenomenon, chances are good that you or I won’t die and then come back to life bodily in our lifetime. But because Jesus rose bodily from death, we can claim life after death when He returns to judge the world. Hallelujah, He is risen!
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
He is Risen!
Resurrection doesn’t happen often. Some patients have returned from death on the operating table through heroic efforts of medical personnel, and some people have been revived through CPR.
The Bible gives only a few instances of people resurrected from death, including: a widow’s only son whom Elisha the prophet brought to life; Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead after the body had lain in a tomb for several days; the daughter of the synagogue ruler named Jairus; and Eutychus, who fell out of a third-story window as he listened to Paul preach.
All these people lived a long life but eventually died, proving that even though their resurrection constituted a miracle of God, it was not permanent.
Jesus’ death on the cross, however, was not final. His resurrection proves that He truly is the Son of God. His resurrection assures believers of their future inheritance in heaven and their own resurrection when Jesus returns.
Jesus’ resurrection is well verified, historically. He appeared to many individuals and groups for 40 days following His resurrection and prior to His ascension to heaven.
God is a God of powerful and mighty acts, the resurrection of his only Son being the most power-filled of all. Jesus’ resurrection has kept Christianity alive through centuries. Faith in His resurrection has brought about—and still brings about—the death of countless Christians who are willing to suffer and die for their Savior, knowing they will experience resurrection one day. All but one of Jesus’ 12 apostles went to their death for Jesus’ sake.
Along with many others, the apostle Paul made the spreading of the Gospel of Christ his life work. “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11)
Christians are called to do the same today. When we have the hope and promise of being resurrected from the dead and given a new, incorruptible life with Him, free of illness and imperfection, it becomes incumbent on us to share that good news. No other religion offers such a hope and promise. Like Jesus’ apostles and His followers down through history to this very day, we can rejoice in the power of His resurrection.
Lord, we rejoice in Your resurrection power. We thank You that we can declare, “He lives!” Bless each of us as we share with others the truth of Your awesome power and the blessings You promise as we follow You and look forward to our own resurrection. In Jesus’ name, amen.