The resurrection of Christ must be understood by believers to really grasp the whole concept of our salvation. The resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus) is one of the “elementary teachings” of the Christian faith. In fact, without the resurrection, there is no Christianity. Once we understand what the Scriptures teach about the resurrection, we can move into a life in God that appropriates the power that is available to us through the resurrection, and we will see the fruit of His resurrection begin to manifest in us.
- Hebrews 6:1–3. “… the elementary teaching about Christ…”
- 1 Corinthians 15:16–21. “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless…”
- Matthew 22:31–32. “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
- 1 Kings 17:18–22. Elijah raised the widow’s son.
- 2 Kings 4:17–37. Elisha raised the Shunammite’s son.
- 2 Kings 13:20–21. The man placed in Elisha’s grave was raised.
- Mark 5:41–42. Jesus raised the daughter of Jairus.
- Luke 7:11–15. Jesus raised the son of the widow.
- John 11:38–44. Jesus raised Lazarus.
- Mark 14:28, Matthew 17:9, Luke 9:22, Mark 8:31, Mark 9:9, Mark 9:31, Mark 10:34. Jesus said He would be resurrected.
- Psalm 16:8–11, Acts 2:22–36, Acts 13:29-38. The Hebrew Scriptures prophesied the Messiah would be resurrected.
- Luke 24:25–35, Luke 24:36–48. Jesus affirmed that the Hebrew Scriptures prophesied His resurrection.
- Matthew 27:50–54, Acts 1:9, Hebrews 12:1. The cloud of risen saints witnessed the resurrection of Jesus.
- Luke 23:34. Jesus voiced forgiveness to mankind on the cross.
- Acts 24:20–21. Paul was put on trial for believing in the resurrection.
- Acts 2:29–32. The Upper Room disciples were witnesses to the resurrection.
- Acts 4:1–4, Acts 4:32–33. The disciple’s preaching centered on the resurrection.
- 1 Corinthians 15:50, Acts 26:22–23. Jesus had to be resurrected to enter into God’s presence, receive His Kingdom, and proclaim light to all of mankind.
- Romans 1:2–4, Ephesians 1:18–23. Jesus focuses the power of resurrection toward those who believe.
- Galatians 2:20. Paul lived his life by faith in the resurrection.
- Romans 6:3–8, Philippians 3:10–14. We are to live by drawing on the power of the resurrection.
- Romans 8:19–25, 2 Corinthians 3:17–18. We are to appropriate the power of Christ in resurrection and be transformed “from glory to glory.”
- Romans 8:28–29, 2 Peter 1:2–4. In the cross of Christ, all things are forgiven, and we can enter into the resurrection of Christ and be filled with that power.
- “The cross is essential. When Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do,’ He was not talking about the guard standing at His feet. He was saying that about mankind. He voiced forgiveness for mankind at that moment on the cross.”
- “But sin is not removed in the cross alone; it is removed in the cross and through the resurrection. We must have both of these elements coming to play.”
- “It is a myth that the Jewish people rejected faith in Christ and belief in His resurrection. There were thousands upon thousands who believed the testimony of the apostles and believed in this resurrection. They already understood from the Psalms that there would be resurrection of the Messiah. They knew the resurrection was true.”
- We should think of the resurrection in terms of granting us life after death (and it does), but that’s not all it does. Look for a daily manifestation of Christ’s resurrection in your life.
- We are to be conformed to this image of the Son. Look for this to happen in your life, so that every day you are being changed from glory to glory into His likeness.
- “Father, we ask that You do enlighten the eyes of our heart to understand the tremendous accomplishment by Your power that was given to us through the resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, as you brought Him out of the grave into Your right hand. Let us not be waiting until after the grave to have the power of resurrection evident in our lives. But we ask that today we are able to appropriate all that Christ is, to live in us, that we do truly behold Him and are transformed from glory to glory into His image, and we ask this in the name of Yeshua, amen.”