Jesus Rises From the Dead

As a young man, D. L. Moody was called upon suddenly to preach a funeral sermon. He hunted all through the Four Gospels trying to find one of Christ’s funeral sermons, but searched in vain. He found that Christ broke up every funeral He ever attended. Death could not exist … More

Resurrection

 

This final chapter of Luke records the experiences of several people who had first-hand experiences  with the risen Lord. In each case they were depressed because of Jesus’ death, but after meeting with Him they were joyful and praised God. The first people to learn of the resurrection of Jesus were the women who had been faithful in following Him. It was very early in the morning on the first day of the week when these women arrived at the tomb, bringing more spices for His burial (v.1). The women brought spices to the tomb as we would bring flowers, as a sign of love and respect. However, they did not find the body they were looking for (vv. 2-3). The stone was gone, the body was gone, the grave clothes were still intact and two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning were standing there. These  were obviously angelic beings (v. 4).

These women were afraid and bowed down their faces to the earth as they questioned these angelic beings where Jesus was (vv. 5-8). Then they ran to tell the apostles and others what they had seen (vv. 9-10), but they refused to believe the report (v.11). Then Peter ran to the tomb and found what the women had described was true (v. 12). It must have looked like an empty mummy shell. The resurrected body of Jesus had passed through the cloth wrappings, leaving them undisturbed.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the central fact of Christian history. Keep in mind that the message of the Gospel rests upon the death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection (I Corinthians 15:1-8). The earthquake and the angel opened the tomb, not to let Jesus out but to  let the witnesses in (Matthew 28:2-4). “Come and see, go and tell!” is what it was all about and still is today. Without the resurrection there would be no Christian church today.

Application

 

What difference does the physical resurrection mean to me? I can use these verses to comfort those who have lost love ones.

Luke 24:1-12 (English Standard Version)

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

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