The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The resurrection of Jesus Christ sets Christianity apart from all the religions of the world. Scripture presents Christ as a risen Savior on the other side of death, "alive for evermore." (Rev. 1:18) The Christian has a personal relationship with, and is in union with, a living Savior.

The resurrection of the body was denied by the Sadducees of Christ’s day. (Luke 20:27) The preaching of Christ’s resurrection was mocked by the heathen of Paul’s day. (Acts 17:18, 32) The finite human mind struggles with this truth. The fact that a body which goes into the grave and returns to dust, or cremated and tossed to the wind, will rise again goes beyond human understanding. As long as man sets the limits, resurrection will be a puzzle. This being true, it is only by faith in the inspired written Word of God that one will come to the knowledge of this truth.

While there are many passages of Scripture which speak of Christ’s resurrection, 1 Corinthians 15 is a passage devoted to this subject. In this chapter we find that Jesus’ resurrection is important both to Christianity and to the Christian. It is essential truth which is to believed for salvation. (vs. 1-2). It is part of the essence of the Gospel. (vs. 3-4) Paul then gives evidence of Christ’s resurrection, including himself who had a personal encounter with the risen and glorified Christ. (vs. 5-11).

To the Christian the resurrection of Jesus Christ could be likened to a receipt. Payment for our sins was made and His resurrection is a receipt, or proof that the payment was acceptable and sufficient. (Rom. 4:25) In union with Christ we not only died with Him, but we are alive in Him as well. (Rom. 6:4–5) By God’s abundant mercy He "hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3) May we rejoice that our Savior lives and will take us to be with Himself.