Resurrection of the Messiah
In this EBlast, we will conclude our study in the Life of Christ. I plan to write something different in next week’s EBlast. I can think of no better way to finish our study on the Life of Christ then to spend some time on the Resurrection of the Messiah.
In Acts chapter 17, the Apostle Paul is speaking with the people in Athens, Greece. After pointing out to them that they worship an unknown God in ignorance, Paul tells them that God is declaring to all men everywhere, that they should repent. They should repent because God has fixed a judgement day. God has declared One to be THE judge. God has furnished proof of Who is that judge, by raising that man from the dead. Of course, Paul is speaking of the Lord Jesus. The resurrection is the proof that Jesus is the Messianic Judge and King. Please read Acts 17:22-31.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, that same Apostle Paul tells the believers in Corinth that if Jesus has not been raised from the dead, then neither will they be raised from the dead. If they are not raised from the dead, then their faith is a waste of time. It accomplishes nothing for them. In other words, without the resurrection, our faith is vanity and futility. Please read 1 Corinthians 15:12-19.
At the beginning of that same chapter 15, Paul tells defines the “Gospel”. The “Gospel” is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. His death and burial would have been fruitless if He could not have proven to be the Messiah by conquering death. But, not to worry, Jesus did resurrect and He did conquer death. Therefore, we will share in Jesus’ resurrection and we will share in His eternal Life. Hallelujah! Our faith is made full because Jesus is alive - eternal life with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is the Good news. This is the Best news. Please read 1 Corinthians 15:1-9.
This news is so good, that each time the Gospel was preached in the Book of Acts, the resurrection was always included. This was true with Peter’s, Stephen’s and Paul’s recorded messages. Should we be any different? No. When we present Christ, we should always present Him as being alive - because He is.
Brethren, the world is filled with dead gods. In fact, many people worship them. These dead gods can do nothing for these needy people. Read Isaiah 43:12-18,44:20 and Jeremiah 10:1-10.
The world, who is worshipping dead gods of many different shapes and sizes, is desperate to know if there really is a true and living God. You know the correct answer. As the Apostles did, so should we. We must tell the world that JESUS IS ALIVE! They want us to do just that, even if they do not realize it.
Now, to confirm the truth of Jesus’ resurrection, please read Matthew chapter 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20,21. “Wait”, you say. “Aren’t you giving us a lot to read through this EBlast”?! Yes, indeed. Isn’t it great? God’s Scriptures. Kept by Him for us.
We have now concluded our study of the Life of Christ. We have studied in mostly a survey form. Yet, we have focused in certain areas. There is plenty more study to do. The good news is, you still have breath and you still have the Scriptures. You can keep the study going. I carefully say that, when you run out of breath, your need to study the scriptures will have come to an end. You will be fully in the presence of our God. You can just ask Him (or anyone else with you).