Resurrection

Shortly after his death, the followers of Jesus went to his tomb and discovered it to be empty.

Then he appeared to them. He was alive again. God had raised him from the dead. 

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.  He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”  (Luke 24:36-39)

For Christians, the resurrection is not just a story – it actually happened! 

This is a point made in the video below featuring Tom Wright.  Tom Wright is the former Bishop of Durham and one of the world’s top experts in the history of Jesus’ time.

 

The Apostle Paul wrote:

…if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile… But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 15:17 and 20)

 

What does the resurrection mean?

It means that the renewing power of God’s love has overcome the destructive power of evil and death. In the kingdom of God, death is not final. 

 

For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:21-26)

 
Christians believe that God will bring new life to those who die belonging to Jesus. They will be raised from the dead, just as he was, and live in God’s Kingdom forever.
 

More than that, God will bring new life to the entire universe, which is presently marred by evil, suffering and death.

 

Renewal

 

Forty days after the resurrection, Jesus ascended back to heaven where he reigns in glory.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2: 9-11)

The coming of the kingdom of God means the triumph of God’s love over evil, sin and death through Jesus Christ who is Lord and King.