Why Should We Care if Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life?

While Jesus lived on earth, He resurrected many from the dead. Jairus’ daughter died. Jesus took her hand and told her to get up. Her spirit returned and she got up. (Luke 8:49, 50, 54, & 55.) In Nain, Jesus witnessed a young man carried in his coffin. Jesus touched the coffin and told the young man to get up which the man did. (Luke 7:11-15.) A beloved friend of Jesus named Lazarus was dead for 4 days. Jesus told Lazarus’ sisters Lazarus will rise again. Jesus went to the tomb and called Lazarus out. Lazarus came out of the tomb alive. (John 11:14, 17, & 23; John 11:38, 43, & 44.) When Jesus died on the cross, the earth shook, rocks split, and tombs of the dead opened. Many of God’s faithful people were resurrected and went into Jerusalem where they were seen. (Matthew 27:51-53.) Jesus Himself lay in a tomb for 3 days. (Luke 24:46.) But Jesus wasn’t killed, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30.) Jesus said He gave up His life and He had authority to take it back up, no one took His life from Him. (John 10:17 & 18.) It was impossible for death to hold Jesus. (Acts 2:24.)  Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:3-6 that the Scriptures were fulfilled through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection on the third day. Jesus appeared to more than 500 believers at the same time. Luke 20:37 & 38 reveals Moses acknowledged the dead will rise because God is the God of the living. Everyone is alive to God, even the dead. Jesus appeared to His Disciples and others at intervals during the next 40 days, convincing people it was Jesus. (Acts 1:3.) The Disciples thought Jesus was a ghost when they first saw Him. Jesus asked them why they doubted and showed them His wounds from the crucifiction. Jesus invited the Disciples to touch Him and He ate a piece of fish. (Luke 24:37-43.) Paul declares if Jesus wasn’t resurrected, neither will we be resurrected, and our faith is useless because we are still guilty of our sins. (1 Corinthians 15:12-17.) If we profess Jesus is the Son of God and believe God resurrected Jesus, we will be saved. All who trust Jesus will be rewarded. (Romans 10:9 & 10.) Whoever believes will not be condemned but crosses over from death to life. God has given Jesus authority to judge all people. All people will be resurrected and Jesus’ sheep will live in peace while those who love evil will be condemned for their sins. (John 5:24, 27-29 & John 6:40.) We have been given the opportunity for a new birth through the resurrection of Jesus. Our eternal inheritance will never end, it exists in heaven. Those who put their faith in Jesus work on the cross are protected by God’s power. We do have trials in this life, which when endured with humility, strengthen our faith and bring glory to Jesus. The goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9.) God watches over His sheep and hears their prayers while He opposes those who prefer evil. (1 Peter 3:12.) Jesus proclaimed He is the resurrection and the life. If we believe in Jesus, we will live eternally even after our bodies die. (John 11:25.) Jesus proclaimed He is the Living One. He died but is now alive eternally and has the keys of death and hell. (Revelation 1:18.) Jesus promises as He lives, believers will also live. (John 14:19.) Jesus went back to heaven and prepares a place for His followers. He will come back and take His followers with Him where He lives. (John 14:3.) The Disciples witnessed Jesus ascending into heaven.  Then two angels told them Jesus will descend from heaven to earth again one day. (Acts 1:9-11.) Jesus is in heaven at the God’s right hand and the angels, authorities, and powers are in His control. (1 Peter 3:22.) Jesus will return and with a loud command (perhaps as He called Lazarus out) the bodies of the dead who believe in Jesus will rise first. The believers still alive on earth will rise up with them and meet Jesus in the air to be with Jesus forevermore. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17.) When Jesus appears again, He will bring salvation to His followers waiting for Him. (Hebrews 9:28.) We will have new heavenly bodies that will never die. (1 Corinthians 15:40 & 42.) When the last trumpet sounds we will all be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52.) The last enemy Jesus defeats will be death. (1 Corinthians 15:26.) Jesus, Son of God, Lamb of God, Resurrection and Life defeated death’s power over His followers. (1 Corinthians 15:55 & 56.) What an awesome reason Christians have to celebrate this Holy season!  Share the Gospel with someone this week.  May God bless this Easter Season in a mighty way!  Keep watch for Jesus’ glorious return!

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