The Resurrection

  1. In 1 Cor. 15: 17 – 19 - the apostle states that the whole Christian faith and the salvation it brings stands or falls with the resurrection of our Lord. - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:17 - And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
  3. John 14:19-24 (ESV): Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.
    The second promise is the promise of certain knowledge of Christ based upon that double resurrection. It is because Jesus has been raised and because we have been given new life that we know him as being who he is. This is what he means when he says, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father” (v.20).
    The content of this knowledge is that Jesus of Nazareth was God incarnate, that is, that he was fully divine. All else flows from this. And the basis of this knowledge, without which we do not and cannot know, is this double resurrection. On the one hand, it is based upon Christ’s own resurrection. Without this there would have been no faith and no knowledge that he was indeed who he claimed to be. He claimed to be God. But if he had died only, no matter how selflessly or courageously, without the resurrection he would rightly be regarded as no more than a selfless and sincere man. He would have been a good teacher, a friend. But faith and knowledge would have stopped at that point. It was only when Christ was raised from the dead that his life was seen to be fully extraordinary and his daring claims vindicated. This is why Paul can refer to the resurrection as the greatest of all Christian evidences in the opening chapter of the Book of Romans, noting that Christ “was a descendent of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead” (1:3–4).
    On the other hand, apart from a corresponding resurrection of spiritually dead men to spiritual life, even this great miracle is insufficient for bringing us to know who Christ is. It is only when God plants his own life within us, thereby enabling us to understand his truth and respond to Christ, that we truly know Christ and embrace him joyfully as the ground of our salvation. - From the commentary on John 14-19-25 “Sure Knowledge” from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  4. Everywhere in the NT the resurrection is proclaimed as the decisive turning point in the life of Jesus and in the history of the worlds redemption. This is due to the uniqueness of Christ's person, as being both God incarnate (Jn. 1: 14), and the promised Messiah (4: 25 – 26), and to the uniqueness of the work he had come to do, namely, to reconcile sinful mankind to God by dying an atoning death on a cross (Matt. 20: 28; Rom. 5: 10; 2 Cor. 5: 18 – 19; Col. 1: 21 – 22; 1 Tim. 2: 5 – 6); while as the risen Lord he imparts to sinners the redeeming fruit of his death: justification (Rom. 4: 25; 5: 9 – 10), sanctification (8: 1 – 2; 1 Cor. 1: 30), and glorification (Rom. 8: 30; 2 Cor. 3: 18; 4: 17). - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of t he Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva n the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  5. First, the physical resurrection of Christ is affirmed in the canon of Scripture. When the Jewish leaders asked for a miraculous sign, Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days” (John 2:19). Scripture confirms that the temple he was speaking of was the temple of his own body (see v. 21). This gave Peter the epistemological warrant for his Pentecost proclamation, in which he declared that Christ “was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact” (Acts 2:31- 32). - From Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by Hank Hannegraft.
  6. John is equally emphatic:“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning [Jesus] the Word of life” (1 John 1:1). - From Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by HanHannegraft
  7. Acts 17:31 - because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.
  8. The resurrection was good news; it showed that death was not the end of Christ’s life, nor need it be the end of ours. But in addition to this, it is also the case, according to the testimony of these witnesses, that the crucifixion itself was good news. Christ’s death was good. Thus, the true meaning of the phrase “triumph through tragedy” is not merely that tragedy is followed by triumph but, far more profoundly, that in the hands of God the tragedy actually becomes the triumph. The apparent defeat becomes victory. - From commentary on John 18:1 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  9. When the Lord's work at Calvary and in the underworld of hades was finished, He did not abandon His body in the tomb. It was now, forever, a part of Him. It was an instrument of power, of infinite worth. When His sojourn in hades was complete, He came marching out of those nether regions bearing with Him the keys of that place. And, on the way, He stopped by the tomb to pick up His body He took it back to heaven with Him and there He sits, enthroned at the right hand of the Majesty on high, sitting on God's throne in a human body, wonder of wonders! and with every right to be there because He is God over all, blessed forevermore!  Battle- scarred it is, indeed, but it is a body of power.  - From commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:43 from John Phillips Commentary Seriesby John Phillips and Kregal publisher. 
  10. Romans 8:11 - If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
  11. 1 Corinthians 6:14 - And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
  12. Ephesians 1:20 -  that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
  13. Christ's resurrection and history. Claiming that the resurrection is a historical fact does not exclude that it also transcends history and may be rightly called the beginning of a new history, which is no longer part of this our history (K. Runia in Reformed Theological Review 25 [1966]: 47). By this new history is to be understood the history of human life in its immortal, glorified condition regarding body and soul. That new history is the end of Gods ways for the believers. For them it will begin when Jesus returns from heaven, creating a new heaven and a new earth, which will be the suitable dwelling place for Gods children in their glorified condition (Rev. 21: 1 – 4; see heavens, new). Then the river of present history, full of sin, misery, and death, will flow into the ocean of the never- ending new history of human existence in immortal glory, a history without sin, misery, or death. - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app. 
  14. Acts 2:31- 32: “Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact."
  15. Christ's resurrection is the cause of our living hope, for it inspires and keeps life in that hope. Because Christ has conquered death and has risen from the dead, he is sitting at God's right hand and so has entered into this inheritance. This gives us a living hope that, according to his own wish, we will be where he is. So this hope is supported on one side by Christ's resurrection, and on the other by the abundant mercy of God the Father. Our hope does not depend on our own strength or wisdom or anything within us, but on Christ's resurrection, on Christ who will never die again (see Romans 6:9- 10). This makes our hope as firm as an anchor and not like worldly hope. - From commentary on 1Peter 1:3 from the Crossway Classic Commentary 1 & 2 Peter by Robert Leighton & Griffin Thomas.
  16. Acts 3:15: “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this."
  17. The Reformation codified confessions regarding the bodily resurrection as well. In the great Belgic Confession, we read that “our Lord Jesus Christ will come from heaven, corporally and visibly, as he ascended with great glory and majesty.” Likewise, the Westminster Confession asserts that Christ “was crucified, and died; was buried, and remained under the power of death, yet saw no corruption. On the third day he rose from the dead, with the same body in which he suffered; with which also he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of his Father.” - From Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by HanHannegraft
  18. Acts 5:30- 32: “The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead— whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."
  19. The key evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection is (1) the disciple’s eyewitness experiences, which they believed to be literal appearances of the risen Jesus; these experiences have not been explained by naturalistic theories and additional facts corroborate this eyewitness testimony. Other positive evidences include (2) the early proclamation of the Resurrection by these eyewitnesses, (3) their transformation into bold witnesses who were willing to die for their convictions, (4) the empty tomb, and (5) the fact that the Resurrection of Jesus was the center of the apostolic message, all of which require adequate explanations. It is also found that the disciples proclaimed this message in Jerusalem itself, where it is related that in repeated confrontations with the authorities, (6) the Jewish leaders could not disprove their message even though they had both the power and the motivation to do so.  
    Additionally, (7) the very existence of the church, founded by monotheistic, law- abiding Jews who nonetheless (8) worshiped on Sunday demand historical causes as well.  
    Two additionally strong facts arguing for the historicity of the Resurrection are that two skeptics, (9) James and (10) Paul, became Christians after having experiences that they also believed were appearances of the risen Jesus.
     -  From the book Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by HanHannegraft
  20. It was upon that new history that Jesus entered as the forerunner of all believers, when he rose from the dead. From that moment on, history was affected, guided, and fully controlled by him (Matt. 28: 18), but he has transcended it. That is why during the subsequent forty days Jesus, though several times appearing to his disciples, did not live with them in constant physical fellowship as before. The only reason he stayed on earth these forty days was to give convincing proof of the reality of his resurrection to the disciples, and through them to all believers (Acts 1: 3). Except for that reason, he could have ascended into heaven immediately after his resurrection, as one who no longer belonged to current history but who had reached the goal of the new, eternal history of the end. - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  21. Acts 10:39- 43: “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."
  22. This truth Mary had to learn when she laid hold on Jesus in a way that suggested, Master, now we shall never let you go again. Jesus reply that she should not hold him fast because he was in the process of ascending to the Father (Jn. 20: 17) makes it clear that in the resurrection he had crossed the dividing line between mankinds history and the new eternal history in immortality and glory. This is also the reason he did not appear to the unbelieving Jews but only to his followers, through whose witness the unbelievers of that day and those of all ages had to be brought to faith. - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  23. John 20:17 - Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”  The first new relationship which follows upon our new relationship to Christ is a vertical one. It is our relationship to God the Father. But we must notice that while it is analogous to Jesus’ relationship to the Father, it is nevertheless not identical to his. It has been pointed out many times by those who have studied this verse that when our Lord said that he was ascending to the Father he did not say, “I am returning to our Father and our God.” He said rather, “I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” If he had said the former, he would have been putting himself on the same level as the disciples—as a man only. Instead, he indicates that while it is true that God has now become our Father in a way that was not true previously, this is nevertheless not the same as his relationship. He is the Son of God in a unique sense, for he is God (cf. John 1:1–2; 10:30). We enter into an analogous relationship only because of what he has done for us through his atonement.  - From commentary on John 20:17 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  24. Finally, the characteristics of Christ’s body bear eloquent truth to his physical resurrection. Jesus invited the disciples to examine his resurrected body so that they would know beyond the shadow of a doubt that it was the exact same one that had been fatally tormented. He went so far as to say to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27). If Jesus had been resurrected in an immaterial body, he would be guilty of misleading his disciples by conning them. - From Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by HanHannegraft
  25. Acts 13:29- 31: “When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people."
  26. The empty tomb as evidence of Jesus resurrection. The fact that on Sunday morning the sepulchre was found empty is recorded in all the Gospels. According to the synoptics there were heavenly messengers in the tomb who adduced as convincing proof of Jesus resurrection the fact that his body was not there (Matt. 28: 6; Mk. 16: 5 – 6; Lk. 24: 1 – 5, 23). John describes how the other disciple, obviously John himself, believed that Jesus was risen, for upon entering the sepulchre he not only found it empty, but also noticed how carefully Jesus grave clothes had been folded and laid aside (Jn. 20: 1 – 8). This detail excluded Mary's theory that Jesus body had been taken away and buried somewhere else. John must have realized that if this had been the case, those who removed the body would certainly not have undressed it first and left the clothes lying in such an orderly condition. In the light of this, the empty tomb must certainly be reckoned among the convincing evidences of Jesus resurrection. - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  27. The postresurrection appearances - A. The record. During the forty days after the resurrection, Jesus appeared some eleven times to his followers in order to give them many convincing proofs of the reality of his resurrection (Acts 1: 3). Some of these appearances took place in or near the holy city and are the so- called Jerusalem appearances: (1) Mary in the garden (Jn. 20: 10 – 17); (2) the women by the wayside (Matt. 28: 9 – 10); (3) Simon Peter (Lk. 24: 34); (4) the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Lk. 24: 13 – 27); (5) the company of apostles and disciples gathered in the evening of the resurrection day (Lk. 24: 33 – 34; Jn. 20: 19 – 25); (6) Thomas a week later (Jn. 20: 26 – 29); (7) the disciples, who saw Jesus ascend into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Lk. 24: 50 – 51; Acts 1: 9).  

    Other appearances occurred in Galilee and are the so- called Galilean appearances: (1) The seven disciples on the seashore (Jn. 21); (2) Jesus followers gathered on the mountain (Matt. 28: 16), which appearance in all probability was the same as that to the 500 brethren, recorded by Paul (1 Cor. 15: 6). In addition to these Jerusalem and Galilean appearances, the risen Lord showed himself to James (1 Cor. 15: 7) and finally to Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9), an event that Paul puts on a par with all the other appearances (1 Cor. 15: 8). - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  28. The Church of the Primacy of Peter (Tabgha, SW of Capernaum) is the traditional site where Jesus met with Peter after his resurrection. - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app
  29. The truth. There can be no doubt then that the appearances were real and that Jesus showed himself to the disciples in a risen, physical body of flesh and bones (Lk. 24: 39), the same body in which he had died, with even the scars of the wounds still visible (Jn. 20: 25 – 27). On the ground of these appearances the church may have absolute certainty that her Savior really conquered death in all its horrible aspects, including its disastrous effect on our physical body.  - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app..
  30. A real body of flesh. All spiritualizing concepts of Jesus resurrection body are contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture. There is first the fact that often his followers recognized him by his face and voice (Matt. 28: 9; Lk. 24: 31; Jn. 20: 16, 19 – 20; 21: 12). Furthermore several of them touched his body or were invited to do so (Matt. 28: 9; Lk. 24: 39; Jn. 20: 17, 27), whereas he also ate before their eyes and had a meal with them (Lk. 24: 30, 42 – 43; Jn. 21: 12 – 13; Acts 10: 40 – 41). In addition, Jesus himself declared emphatically: A ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have (Lk. 24: 39). There can be no doubt that Scripture teaches the physical reality of Jesus resurrection body. - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  31. 1 Corinthians 15:3- 8: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
  32. The same body, but in a glorified condition. That Jesus resurrection body was the same in which he had been buried is proved by the fact that he showed the disciples his hands, feet, and side, in which the scars of the cross were still ­visible (Lk. 24: 39; Jn. 20: 20). Thomas was even summoned to touch these very scars for the purpose of identification. It is obvious that those marks were the infallible proof that his body risen was identical with his body buried (M. L. Loane, It is the Lord [1965], 17).  
    All this does not exclude the tremendous change brought about in the condition of Jesus body at the moment he was raised from the dead. There are mysterious elements in the appearance narratives, as, for instance, that the risen Lord could appear and disappear at will in a surprising way. He disappeared out of the sight of the men at Emmaus (Lk. 24: 31), clearly a supernatural act. The statement that Jesus himself stood among them (v. 36) also suggests a sudden and miraculous appearance, which perhaps was the reason the disciples supposed they saw a spirit (v. 37). Recording the same event, John states that Jesus came and stood among them with the doors locked (Jn. 20: 19). - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  33. Jesus also ate food as proof of the nature of his resurrected body. Dr. Luke says the disciples gave Jesus “a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence” (Luke 24:42- 43). In fact, Jesus “was eat- ing” with his disciples prior to being taken up into heaven (Acts 1:4). Jesus provided the final exclamation mark for his physical resurrection by telling the disciples that his resurrected body was comprised of “flesh and bones.” “Touch me and see,” he said, “a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have” (Luke 24:39).  - From Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by HanHannegraft
  34. Finally, the transformation of the body of Jesus Christ points to a new mode of life for all believers. He is the first fruit. We, the harvest, shall be like him in our bodies as well as in his traits of character. Our resurrection bodies will be better than our old physical bodies. They will not be our physical bodies resuscitated. Our bodies hamper us. They tie us to earth, to habits, even to traits of character that we have inherited from our parents through their genes. They slow our thought processes. When we are sufficiently tired they carry us away in sleep. Eventually they die. But we are to gain by death. The resurrection body will not hamper us. The body of the risen Christ is the forerunner of our bodies, and it was and is wholly subservient to his wishes. It did not hamper him. It freed him. In that body he knew no pain, no suffering, no want. For us there will also be freedom. There will be no want. There will be unlimited awakefulness and unlimited opportunities for service. - From the commentary on John 20:1-11 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  35. All these mysterious and miraculous elements, together with the miraculous ascension, show that Jesus body, though consisting of flesh and bones, was now in a glorified condition and capable of acting independently of the laws of time and space. This does not imply that he himself was beyond time and space, for this again would mean a denial of his true humanity. His body was what Paul called a spiritual body, the pattern for the believers resurrection body (1 Cor. 15: 44; Phil. 3: 20). The word spiritual in this connection does not mean immaterial, as those who adhere to spiritualizing views understand it. In Pauls vocabulary the word spiritual invariably means Spirit- controlled, that is, controlled by the Holy Spirit. A spiritual body is thus a body that is able to do all that the Spirit of God wants it to do, with unlimited possibilities. Such was and is the resurrection body of the Lord, imperishable, glorious, powerful, incorruptible, immortal, and victorious, as Paul describes the spiritual body (1 Cor. 15: 42 – 50). It is impossible to explain such a glorified, mysterious body of flesh and bones in scientific terms. We must believe the Word and leave to God the things we cannot understand. - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  36. The significance of Jesus resurrection. Because Jesus person and work are unique, his resurrection is therefore of unique and paramount significance. Jesus resurrection in glory is a most wonderful manifestation of the power of God, who raised him from the dead. The believer may rest assured that this same power is also working in him unto salvation (2 Cor. 13: 4; Eph. 1: 19 – 20; 1 Pet. 1: 5 – 7). By his resurrection Jesus was appointed the Son of God in power (Rom. 1: 4 TNIV). The Jewish leaders had condemned him to death because he claimed to be the Son of God and equal to God (Matt. 26: 63 – 65; Mk. 14: 61 – 64; Lk. 22: 70 – 71). By raising him from the dead the Father gave undeniable evidence that Jesus is indeed the Son of God.  
    Jesus resurrection was the beginning of his exaltation as Lord and Christ, Gods anointed King, Prophet, and Priest on the heavenly throne (Acts 2: 29 – 36; Phil. 2: 9 – 11), in accordance with Jesus own proclamation: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Matt. 28: 18). By the power and in the name of the risen Savior the apostles performed miracles as a sign of his lordship (Acts 4: 17 – 18). There is no salvation but for those who confess with their mouth that he is Lord and believe with their heart that God raised him from the dead (Rom. 10: 9). By raising Jesus from the dead, God proclaimed him to be the divinely appointed judge of the world (Acts 17: 31), according to our Lords own words (Jn. 5: 22, 27). Since the salvation of the world depends solely and completely on Christ's death and resurrection, our attitude to him is decisive for our eternal condition (Jn. 3: 16, 19, 35 – 36). - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  37. The New Testament reveals that more than 500 witnesses saw Christ after his resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:6) on twelve different occasions, scattered over a forty- day period (Acts 1:3). He was seen and heard on each occasion. He was touched at least twice (Matthew 28:9; John 20:17; see also Luke 24:39; John 20:27). He ate (Luke 24:30, 42- 43; John 21:12- 13; Acts 1:4; cf. 10:41). His crucifixion wounds were visible (Luke 24:39; John 20:27). The disciples saw his empty tomb and the cloths with which his body had been wrapped. These experiences transformed followers of Christ from scared, scattered skeptics to the world’s greatest missionary society, preaching the resurrection. Nothing else accounts for all this evidence except the literal bodily resurrection of Christ. - From a quote by Dr. Norman Geisler from the book Resurrection: The Capstone in the Arch of Christianity by HanHannegraft
  38. In Jesus resurrection, the believer has the divine guarantee of his justification and reconciliation. The ground for these fundamental blessings is to be found in Christs atoning death (Rom. 5: 10, 17 – 19), but without the resurrection that death would have had no atoning power. The cross without the resurrection would mean that God had not been satisfied by Jesus death. The resurrection is Gods Amen to Jesus loud cry: It is finished, and therefore the guarantee that by Jesus death the believer has indeed been reconciled to God and made righteous. For this reason Paul can suggest that the fact that Christ has been raised is of greater importance than his death (8: 34). - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  39. When Christ was raised, the believers whom he represented in his death and resurrection were raised with him (Col. 3: 1). His death meant the end of the burden of sin that was upon him, and when he arose he entered upon a life without that burden. From now on he lives to God in freedom and glory (Rom. 6: 9 – 11). Because of their union with Christ, believers must reckon themselves dead to sin, and putting to death all sin, they must live the new resurrection life in fellowship with their risen Lord (Rom. 6: 5 – 6, 12 – 14; Col. 3: 5). Moreover, Jesus resurrection in a glorious, immortal, powerful, spiritual body of flesh guarantees to believers their future resurrection in a similar body (Rom. 6: 5; 1 Cor. 15: 47 – 48; Phil. 3: 21; 1 Jn. 3: 2). - From the definition of "Resurrection" from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible by Merrill C. Tenney and Moises Silva in the Olive Tree Bible Study app.
  40. The fruit of the Cross and the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ guarantees the indwelling of the Spirit in the lives of all who turn to Him in repentance and faith. That is how the quality of holiness is increasingly produced in the life of the believer.  - From commentary from Judges 11:29 in The Preacher's Commentary Series by Stuart Briscoe.
  41. — John 5: 28–29 Deaths lease on human life has been broken, even when death seems untimely. Since Christs' resurrection the human family has been under new ownership. Resurrection is the destination of us all. But only those who truly trust Jesus as Gods full truth can really hope in resurrection. 

    For them death is no longer a nemesis which tramples plans and mocks achievements. It is a portal of hope—death is—leading to resurrection and eternal friendship with God. Who can whisper no hope in the face of that resurrection? 

    That humankind, with all its schemes to thwart Gods will, is too sinful to have reason for hope was Ecclesiastes conclusion. Jesus shattered it with the offer of full forgiveness. It was to those who recognize their sinfulness that Jesus came. They are the lost sheep which the Shepherd carries home from the wilderness; they are the lost coins that the woman joyfully finds; they are the prodigal children whom the Father enthusiastically welcomes (Luke 15). Who can mutter no hope in the sight of that welcome? 

    When the physicians of this worlds problems have exhausted their skill in social reform, economic theory, educational philosophy, and political strategy, they will shake their heads and sigh, no hope. But theirs is not the last word. Jesus came to do Gods full work—the full work of the God of hope (Rom. 15: 13).
    - From commentary from Ecclesiastes 8:9 in The Preacher's Commentary Series by Stuart Briscoe.
  42. For forty days after His Resurrection, Jesus had appeared to His disciples, discussing with them things relating to the kingdom of God (Acts 1: 3). When the disciples asked Him whether He was now going to restore the kingdom to Israel (v. 6), Jesus told them to leave it with God, saying instead, You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1: 8). The movement of the missionary church in the Book of Acts follows this outline.  - From commentary from Matthew 1:1 in The Preacher's Commentary Series by Stuart Briscoe.
  43. The chief priests knew of Jesus prediction regarding His Resurrection. They went to Pilate for a Roman guard, afraid of the results if word ever got around that Jesus was alive. They had a guard of their own (a temple guard), and Pilate gave them permission to use it for this purpose. Matthew says that they sealed the stone and set the guard. Pilates words as secure as you know how sound ironic. They had killed Jesus, and now they needed to seal His body in the tomb. They did not realize that no tomb in the world could hold the Son of God. He is Victor over death and the powers of darkness.  - From commentary from Matthew 27:57 in The Preacher's Commentary Series by Stuart Briscoe.
  44. The story of Jesus does not end with His death; it begins a new chapter with His Resurrection. The writer of Acts referred to His former treatise being of all that Jesus began both to do and teach (Acts 1: 1), setting the stage for a second treatise of all that Jesus continues to do and to teach through the Spirit. The crucified Lord is risen and back in business! His message is the same, for appearing to His followers over a forty- day period, He talked with them of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. The striking statement regarding the Resurrection is that He  presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs (Acts 1: 3).  

    The disciples, as He confronted them as the risen Lord and overcame their unbelief, became a new community. This community was now certain that, in the Resurrection of Christ, God had vindicated Jesus, who had been put to death as a rejected Person. By His Resurrection He is declared to be the Son of God with power (Rom. 1: 4). They were absolutely convinced that He was present with them, Lord of the church, and Head of the church as His body. The Preacher of Nazareth now becomes Himself the content of the message of faith. Christ as Victor over death is also Victor over sin and the powers which caused His death. Bornkamm says, Wherever there were early Christian witnesses and communities, and however varied their message and theology were, they are all united in believing and acknowledging the risen Lord. And observing the consequences of this belief, he adds, Just as certainly as—even in a completely historical sense—there would be no gospel, not one account, no letter in the New Testament, no faith, no Church, no worship, no prayer in Christendom to this day without the message of the resurrection of Christ, even so difficult and indeed impossible is it to gain a satisfactory idea of how the Easter events took place. 
    - From commentary from Matthew 28:1 in The Preacher's Commentary Series by Stuart Briscoe.
  45. By contrast, the most important thing that can be said about the death of Christ is that God the Father willed it. It was God who ordained that he should be killed for our sin. The second important fact is that Jesus also willed his death out of love for us and in obedience to the revealed will of his Father. - From commentary on John 18 from the Boice Expository Commentary by James Montgomery Boice. 
  46. Moreover, he ordered the events of this last Passover week to indicate the meaning of what he was doing. For just as he ordered his entry into Jerusalem to correspond to the exact time at which the Passover lambs were being led up to the city, so also did he time his death to coincide with the killing of those same lambs. He was the great Passover Lamb of which they were but shadows. It was his blood, rather than theirs, which was to take away the sins of the world. - From commentary on John 18 from the Boice Expository Commentary by James Montgomery Boice. 
  47. From the Resurrection onward, the gospel that Jesus had preached became the gospel that was Jesus. The disciples now recognized that Jesus Christ came not only to preach a gospel but to be a gospel. The themes of their message were now: (1) the Messianic Age has come; (2) the gospel is the ministry, death, and Resurrection of the Messiah; (3) Jesus is now at Gods right hand as Lord; (4) Jesus has verified His role by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; (5) Jesus has created, and continues to create, a new community; and (6) Jesus will return as Judge. (See 1 Cor. 15: 3–5; Gal. 3: 1; 1 Cor. 1: 23; Rom. 8: 31–34; 2 Cor. 5: 16.) As Ramsey says, for the first disciples the Gospel without the resurrection was not merely a Gospel without its final chapter, it was not a Gospel at all.  
    His resurrection threw its own light backwards upon the death and the ministry that went before; it illuminated the paradoxes and disclosed the unity of His words and deeds. The Resurrection answered the perplexity which earlier beset the disciples and gave them the key to understand the true role of the Messiah. 
    Both historically and theologically we regard the Resurrection as the ultimate interpretive event of Christology, for in the Resurrection His death is meaningful in its victory, and His ministry is confirmed as having introduced an actual kingdom. From the Resurrection came Christian belief, Christian worship, and Christian preaching (see Rom. 4: 24). The earthly ministry of Jesus becomes a part of the gospel, for the risen Christ extends the validity of His deeds and words. Rather than being a self- contained biography, His ministry becomes content expressing the gospel. For the Christian, Incarnation becomes resurrected Humanity! Christian Theism becomes Resurrection Theism. Christian ethics become Resurrection ethics, a walk in the Resurrection (Rom. 6: 4; Col. 3: 1–3).
    - From commentary from Matthew 28:1 in The Preacher's Commentary Series by Stuart Briscoe.
  48. Matthew omits the detail relating to why the women came to the tomb early on Sunday morning, concentrating instead on the Resurrection and the miraculous things associated with it. In verse 2 he tells of a great earthquake accompanying the coming of the angel who rolled back the stone. The earthquake struck terror into the guards who shook with fear and became like dead men (v. 4). Those holding the dead a prisoner became as dead! Matthew describes the angel as removing the stone and sitting on it, giving evidence of the divine activity in the event unfolding before the witnesses. The appearance corresponded to Old Testament descriptions of heavenly visitors. 
    It has been said that the stone was not removed to let Jesus out but to let the women in. - From commentary from Matthew 28:2 in The Preacher's Commentary Series by Stuart Briscoe.
  49. Jesus, and not his captors, was in complete charge of the situation. It was he who delayed in the Garden while the arresting party was coming. It was he who went forth to meet them, thereby surrendering himself voluntarily. Moreover, even at the very moment of the arrest, he showed his control over circumstances, for he demonstrated power toward the soldiers, grace toward his own disciples, and mercy to those who were (perhaps unwittingly in this case) his enemies. - From commentary on John 18:3-11 from the Boice Expository Commentary by James Montgomery Boice. 
  50. While we can't prove the Resurrection any more than we can prove God, this belief is central to the Christian faith. We stand before the Thou of the Universe, the One who is wholly Other, but Who has come to us in Jesus. As Schweizer says, If God had first to prove Himself in mans eyes He would no longer be God. The fact is that a group of people were convinced that they had seen the risen Lord. It resulted in a terrified band of fugitives becoming messengers, with total disregard for danger to themselves as they spread the gospel of the risen Jesus throughout the world. The significance of the empty tomb to the whole event is that it is not immortality without a body that we affirm, but the bodily Resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24: 39). As Calvin reminds us in emphasizing the Ascension, Jesus Christ took humanity to heaven as the guarantee that you and I can be there some day. - From commentary from Matthew 28:9 in The Preacher's Commentary Series by Stuart Briscoe.
  51. Our belief in His Resurrection is based on the evidence that the first disciples had: (1) the words of Jesus that He would rise, (2) the witness of angels at the tomb, (3) the empty tomb itself, (4) the appearances of Jesus to believers, (5) the transformation of the disciples, (6) the reaction of the opposition, (7) the commission to mission, (8) the existence of the gospel itself, (9) the fact that it was unexpected by the disciples and they became convinced, and (10) the existence of the church in spite of Jesus death on Good Friday. - From commentary from Matthew 28:9 in The Preacher's Commentary Series by Stuart Briscoe.
  52. Jesus is Alive! (R3) - I can’t think of any bigger understatement than saying, what we celebrate this Easter weekend is ‘significant’. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus absolutely changed everything! When Jesus died and rose again – three days later – it reversed the centuries old curse of sin and death that was over all humanity.  

    Jesus fulfilled hundreds of impossible to fulfill prophecies about the messiah that had been written centuries before but the most amazing of all was that after three days in a grave,he was alive! What did this mean? In the history of the world no one had ever lived and died a sinless life. Jesus – God in the flesh – did. In that instant the sin that we’re all born into was stripped of its power. Things on this Earth would never be the same. As John ends his account of Jesus life he says, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”His resurrection proved he was who he said he was. 


    What does this mean today? It means absolutely everything! What Jesus did made a way to be free from the power that sin once held over us. Where sin makes us strangers and even enemies of God, Jesus death and resurrection makes us sons and daughters of God. This type of reconciliation had never been known and now it’s accessible to anyone who believes. In Romans 5:10-11 the Apostle Paul says, For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. 

    Not only did Jesus resurrection set into motion the reconciliation available to all who believe but we now get to be agents of his reconciliation while we await the restoration of all things. The book of Revelation tells us of this day that will come: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” 

    Resurrection, Reconciliation, and Restoration; this is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus! This Easter and in the days following let’s not only be reminded of the power of what Jesus did but let’s be actively living in the reality of it.  - From the Olive Tree Blog around Easter
  53. The resurrection of Jesus is the focus of the message of salvation in Luke and Acts. Theologically, it is part of God’s purpose for Israel and the world. Christologically, it confirms Jesus’ status as the agent of God’s covenant blessings of salvation (e. g., 2:22- 36). Jesus, not only as Israel’s Messiah, but as universal Lord, grants repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel and the nations in view of the day of judgment when he will act as the appointed judge (e. g., 5:31; 11:18; 17:30- 31). And eschatologically, the resurrection of Jesus anticipates and certifies the culmination of God’s salvation of his people and the full realization of God’s rule among humankind.  - Excerpt from the definition of "resurrection" from The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (Katharine Doob Sakenfeld editor)
  54. Luke thus navigates between two popular views for imaging the afterlife. First, he shows that Jesus’ disciples did not mistake him for a cadaver brought back to life, a reanimated corpse. Luke distinguishes Jesus’ resurrected body from the resuscitated bodies of the widow’s son in Nain (7:11- 17), Jairus’ daughter (8:40- 42, 49- 56), Tabitha (Acts 9:36- 43), and Eutychus (Acts 20:7- 12). Second, he certifies that neither is Jesus an “immortal soul” free from bodily existence. Jesus is present to his disciples, beyond the grave, as a fully embodied person.  - Excerpt from the definition of "resurrection" from The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (Katharine Doob Sakenfeld editor)
  55. Luke’s presentation of the resurrected Jesus demonstrates his corporeality without allowing his physicality to determine unambiguously the form of his existence. On one side of the ledger we find evidence that Jesus’ post- resurrection existence was out of the ordinary. He disappears and appears suddenly (24:31, 36), in the same way that an angel appears to Cornelius (Acts 10:30) and that is reminiscent of angels in Israel’s Scriptures (e. g., Gen 18:2; Dan 8:15; 12:5). His appearance is elusive, both to the two disciples on the Emmaus road (24:15- 16) and to his followers gathered in Jerusalem (24:36- 37); the latter regard him as a “spirit,” a “ghostly apparition,” the disembodied residue of a dead person. This analysis of things is flatly contradicted by Jesus, however, who goes to great lengths to establish his physicality. Jesus grounds the continuity of his identity (“It is really me!”), first, in his physicality—in the constitution of flesh and the density of bones (24:39), and then by eating broiled fish in the presence of his disciples (24:41- 43; compare Tob 12:15, 19). In Luke’s report of Jesus’ post- resurrection existence, we find no witness to resurrection as escape from bodily existence (as one would expect if a Platonic dualism were presumed here); his, rather, is a transformed materiality, a bodily resurrection.  - Excerpt from the definition of "Resurrection" from The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (Katharine Doob Sakenfeld editor)
  56. The only resurrection that counts for anything is a resurrection of the body. The disciples knew Jesus resurrection was real when they touched his body, and it was only because of their deeply grounded conviction that he was raised that they were willing to launch out from their obscure corner of the earth to the whole of the Roman world with the gospel.  - From the commentary related to Matthew 28:1 of the Boice Expositional Commentary Series by James Montgomery Boice in the Olive Tree Bible app.
  57. Paul believed in this kind of resurrection and knew that it was basic to the Christian faith, which is why he expounds it as Christianitys third great doctrinal foundation in 1 Corinthians 15: 3–5. Later in that chapter he goes so far as to say that if the resurrection did not occur, then Christianity is an utterly empty hope and that those who believe in it are yet in their sins. Why is this? Because if Jesus did not rise from the dead, Jesus was mistaken in the announcement that he would rise, he was mistaken that he was the divine Son of God, and if he is not God, his death on the cross was not a true atonement for our sins.  - From the commentary related to Matthew 28:1 of the Boice Expositional Commentary Series by James Montgomery Boice in the Olive Tree Bible app.
  58. Resurrection may be generally defined as the doctrine that after death the body will be reconstituted and revivified by God as a reward for the righteous and/or faithful. But resurrection is central to Christianity in a way that it is not to any of the other 1- cent. sects of Judaism. Because the resurrection of Christ was experienced as an event for the early Jesus movement, Christianity needed to define what resurrection was in a way that was not necessary to other Jews in the 1 cent. It is one thing to know that God has promised resurrection to the righteous faithful in Daniel, presumably in his own way and at the appropriate time, and another to express what exactly happened to Jesus on the first Easter and how those who heard his message might gain the same reward. - Excerpt from the definition of "Resurrection" from The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (Katharine Doob Sakenfeld editor)
  59. Matthew 28: 1- 20 - With Jesus death, the elite seem to have successfully killed Jesus, their opponent and critic. His resurrection, though, shows Gods power and purposes to be more powerful and not thwarted. It exposes the limits of their power in that they cannot keep him dead. It reveals the lie of their claim to sovereignty over the world. They are, and will be, subordinate to Gods empire. - From The New Interpreter's Study Bible Dictionary of the Bible by Walter J. Harrelson.
  60. Matthew 28:1-7 - Because the Resurrection is central to Christian theology, few subjects have received more attention. Paul goes so far as to say that if Christ was not raised from the dead, Christian faith is vain; and we are still dead in our sins. - From the section Matthew 28:1-7 form the Expositor's Bible Commentary by Frank E. Gaebelein
  61. Matthew 28 Verses 1- 10 - For the proof of Christ's resurrection, we have here the testimony of the angel, and of Christ himself, concerning his resurrection. Now we may think that it would have been better, if the matter had been so ordered, that a competent number of witnesses should have been present, and have seen the stone rolled away by the angel, and the dead body reviving, as people saw Lazarus come out of the grave, and then the matter had been past dispute; but let us not prescribe to Infinite Wisdom, which ordered that the witnesses of his resurrection should see him risen, but not see him rise. His incarnation was a mystery; so was this second incarnation (if we may so call it), this new making of the body of Christ, for his exalted state; it was therefore made in secret. Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. Christ gave such proofs of his resurrection as were corroborated by the scriptures, and by the word which he had spoken (Lu. 24: 6, 7- 44; Mk. 16: 7); for here we must walk by faith, not by sight. - From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Matthew 28:1-10.
  62. Matthew 28:6 - The second imperative was see. The angel said, Come and see the place where he lay (v.   6). What should we see when we look into the tomb? Years ago Charles H. Spurgeon preached a message on this verse in which he suggested five things.

    First, we should see in Christ's grave the condescension of Jesus Christ. Jesus was not a man for whom death would be natural. Jesus is God. He was with the Father from all eternity and will be with him forever. We would never expect Jesus to die. But Jesus did in fact die for us. We should marvel at the condescension of such an amazing God, that he should be placed in a tomb to save us.  

    Second, we should see the horror of our sin, for it was our sin that put him there. Death is the punishment for sin. But Jesus had no sin; he was sinless. Why then did Jesus die? The answer is clear: He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed (Isa. 53: 5). When we look into the tomb, we begin to see the horror of our sin and develop a proper hatred for it.

    Third, we should look into the tomb to be reminded that we too will die. Unless the Lord returns for his own before that moment, we will also die and be separated from those we know and love. The tomb speaks of our mortality and warns us that there is a life beyond this life for which we must prepare.

    Fourth, and most important, we must look into the tomb to see that Jesus is not in it. He is risen as he said. He has conquered death. The empty tomb is one great evidence of the resurrection. Most people who have written seriously about the events of this momentous week have noticed, if they have been honest, that in all the reports we have, whether in the New Testament or in secular sources of the time, there is not one attempt to deny that the grave was empty.

    The fifth reason we should look into the tomb is to learn that we shall also rise, as Jesus did, if we are joined to him. Jesus did not come to earth merely to teach, die, and rise again, so that in the end he might lose those for whom he died. He came to save his own completely (Heb. 7: 25), to take them to heaven to be with him. When we look at the tomb, we are assured that one day we will be with him and will be as he is (1 John 3: 2). 
    - From the commentary related to Matthew 28:6 of the Boice Expositional Commentary Series by James Montgomery Boice in the Olive Tree Bible app.
  63. Matthew 28:1-20 - Jesus resurrection proved that what He had taught was correct. He used His ultimate authority when He gave the Great Commission, but showed His unlimited power by promising to be with His followers forever. - From the Matthew 28:1-20 sec ion of the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible Notes.
  64. Listen to what the angel says: Come, see the place where the Lord lay (Matthew 28: 6).
  65. The stone was moved—not for Jesus—but for the women; not so Jesus could come out, but so the women could see in!… 

    Go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him (v. 7).

    Mary and Mary don't have to be told twice. They turn and start running to Jerusalem. The darkness is gone. The sun is up. The Son is out. But the Son isn't finished.

    One surprise still awaits them.  And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, Rejoice! So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me (vv. 9, 10).  The God of surprises strikes again. Its as if He said, I cant wait any longer. They came this far to see me; Im going to drop in on them.  God does that for the faithful.

    The lesson? Three words.
    Don't give up.
    Is the trail dark? Don't sit.Is the road long? Don't stop… 
    the night black? Don't quit.
    God is watching. For all you know right at this moment He may be telling the angel to move the stone.The check may be in the mail….
    The apology may be in the making.
    The job contract may be on the desk.
    Don't quit. For if you do, you may miss the answer to your prayers.
    God still sends angels. And God still moves stones. (From He Still Moves Stones by Max Lucado) -  From the Matthew 28:1-20 sec ion of the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible Notes.
  66. Matthew's gospel is not a random collection of facts or ideas or stories but has a specific plan and purpose. Chapter 28 is not simply a closing group of anecdotes about the life of Christ but is the powerful climax of everything else he has written under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

    The central event of that climax, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is also the central event of God's redemptive history. The resurrection is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, and everything that we are and have and hope to be is predicated on its reality. There would be no Christianity if there were no resurrection. 

    The message of Scripture has always been a message of resurrection hope, a message that death is not the end for those who belong to God. For the believer, death has never been an end but rather a doorway that leads to eternity with God. 
    - From the Matthew 28 section of MacArthur's New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur. 
  67. The Risen Christ (Matthew 28: 1- 20)  - The Gospel concludes with the resurrection and the commissioning of the disciples. The gospel is good news because it does end with the cross; following Jesus demands from us all that we are and have, but it gives us a new and eternal life in return. The narrative of the resurrection paves the way for the commissioning: the witness of the women contrasts starkly with the fearful falsehood of the guards and provides a positive model for the witness of the church. - From the selection in Matthew 28:1-20 of the IVP New Testament Commentary (20 Volume Series).
  68. There is still one more sense in which the NT authors, particularly Paul, present a picture of the afterlife not simply as a future hope but as a present reality for those who are in Christ. Since Christ's first coming the realities of the kingdom of God have begun to be realized in a heightened manner not known to the OT saints (1 Pet 1: 10- 12; Heb 1: 1- 4). The coming of the kingdom, not merely in the future sense but as a present reality, is central to the gospel. To put the matter more concretely, the present reality of the kingdom is nothing less than the realities of the future kingdom breaking into the present world order. The manner in which the future afterlife is present in the lives of believers is made explicit in several Pauline passages. For example, the reality of our resurrection to a new life is so certain that Paul speaks of that resurrection in the past tense (Col 3: 1- 4). Paul's point seems to be that when one becomes united with Christ (Rom 6: 5) that union has immediate implications. Since Christ has been raised from the dead, so also have those who are united to him. It is not that the believer's resurrection is solely a past event, but believers, by virtue of their union with Christ, participate now in that future reality. Likewise, Paul can assert in Ephesians 2: 6 that believers are so united to Christ that "God has raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms" (NIV). The believer's union with Christ is so intimate that he or she is, in some mysterious sense, already raised from the dead and sitting with Christ in heaven.  - From the definition of "Afterlife" under "New Testament Certainties" in the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery by Ryken, Wilhoit and Longman. 
  69. The imagery of Christ's resurrection extends beyond the narrative in the Gospels, as the writers of the Epistles build a theological structure around the event. The most frequently used image is supplied by the word raised (approximately three dozen references), accentuating two aspects of Christ's resurrection- its dynamic nature and the idea that the power came from a source beyond Christ himself. We might also see overtones of a directional symbolism, with the grave assumed to be *"low" and the resurrection raising the dead Christ "up" from the dead. This image of raising suggests a mighty power, as Ephesians roundly describes it, "God put his power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places" (Eph 1: 20; cf. 1: 19). Here we see the raising and enthronement of Christ as one fluid movement of exaltation. As a mighty act of God it evokes memories of the exodus, the biblical archetype of God's powerful saving acts. - From the section "Epistles" of the definition of "Resurrection" in the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery by Ryken, Wilhoit and Longman. 
  70. A second leading motif is the linking of the believer's experience with Christ's resurrection, which is viewed as the model and source of the believer's future resurrection from the dead. The imagery stresses linkage or connection, with believers being "united" with Christ in his resurrection (Rom 6: 5), or raised "with" Christ (Col 2: 12; 3: 1), or raised by the same power that raised Christ (1 Cor 6: 14; 2 Cor 5: 15). In a sense baptism becomes the prime epistolary image for the believer's link with Christ, with imagery of dying with Christ and rising with him linked with the physical act of baptism. - From  the section "Epistles" of the definition of "Resurrection" in the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery by Ryken, Wilhoit and Longman. 
  71. A third cluster of verses visualizes the final resurrection of the dead at the end of history. Two main motifs are the suddenness with which the universal resurrection of all the dead will happen (1 Cor 15: 51- 52; 1 Thess 1: 10) and the complete transformation of individual believers as they are born into a superior state of being (1 Cor 15: 35- 54). Elsewhere, resurrection is imaged as an awakening, as Daniel predicts that "many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt" (Dan 12: 2 NRSV). - From  the section "Epistles" of the definition of "Resurrection" in the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery by Ryken, Wilhoit and Longman. 
  72. Sin was conquered on the cross.  Christ’s death is the foundation of our hope, the promise of our triumph! - From page 89 of "Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham.
  73. Your Labor Is Not in Vain - A Christian without a resurrection is a dismal Christian indeed. In 1 Corinthians, Paul goes so far as to say that if Christ has not been raised, our faith is futile and we are still in our sins (1 Corinthians 15:17). Praise God, then, that Christ died for our sins and was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). The resurrection of Christ can be a great encouragement to us when we feel like we’re experiencing deadness. Christians can feel discouraged in many areas, but the resurrection helps us to understand that our God is a God who brings life out of death. The word “impossible” isn’t in His vocabulary.  

    Most Christians take encouragement from the fact that Jesus is going to return and resurrect the dead. Jesus’ resurrection means that those who are in Christ will be raised on the last day to spend eternity with God (1 Corinthians 15:24). The resurrection is our great hope as Christians, but the resurrection also offers us hope in this life.  

    Hope in This Life - You might be discouraged because the world has grown darker in recent years. Jesus said, “destroy this Temple, and in three days I’ll raise it up,” referring to His body (John 2:19–21). When they killed Jesus, they destroyed His temple—but He raised it. He also began building up His body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:27), which is also God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16). The Church is built because Jesus’ body was destroyed and because He rose again—the Church is His rebuilt temple.  

    Things never looked more grim than when Jesus was in the tomb, but God chose to start the Church when right when things looked completely impossible. Regardless of how dark and sinful the world gets, we can look to where Jesus said “I will build my church; and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) In this way, we can be encouraged by Christ’s resurrection in this life.

    Another area we are often discouraged is that of our own personal walk with God. John reminds us that we all sin (1 John 1:8), and we know that our sin can often discourage us. Our walk toward holiness sometimes feels like we’re on a treadmill—taking a lot of steps but not getting anywhere. The resurrection helps us here by first reminding us that we are justified before God because of the resurrection of Jesus (Romans 4:25). There is no condemnation for sin if we are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Jesus’ resurrection means we’ll be raised, even though we’ve never done anything to deserve it—not even in our best efforts.

    The resurrection also reminds us of the new life we receive in Christ. Our sin-enslaved self died on the cross with Jesus (Romans 6:6). Through the resurrection we can walk in newness of life. We see this in our baptism (Romans 6:3–4). Even though we may see a lot of sin and darkness in our lives, God is transforming us by His Spirit through Christ’s resurrection. The fact that you can say “no” to sin at all and you’re not totally enslaved is an evidence of that new life working in you. If you’re having trouble saying no to sin, remember that your wishing you could say no more is also an evidence of God’s grace working new life in you. Dead men don’t want to love God more. Thank God for this grace and ask for then seek more grace through prayer, reading Scripture, and attending church.

    There are many other reasons that we can be discouraged as Christians. Relationships, marriages, churches, businesses, and more can be marred by sin. The resurrection reminds us that nothing is impossible for God and that He loves to bring life out of death. He loves to work good out of evil (Genesis 50:20)—although it’s not always the good we’re expecting. If you’ve been discouraged lately, this Easter might be a good time to read and study 1 Corinthians 15 to see the triumph God is working in Christ through the resurrection.

    1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV): Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
     - From the April 4th entry on the OliveTree Bible Study App Blog by David who is a front end web developer at Olive Tree.
  74. The cross shows the seriousness of our sin - but it also shows us the immeasurable love of God. - From page 89 of "Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham.