What Does the Resurrection of Jesus Mean?
While the exact nature of the resurrection of Jesus remains a mystery to us, we know very simply that Jesus’ body “got up” and was transformed into a spiritual body; thus, he was able to appear to the believers even though the doors to where they were gathered were locked.
Jesus was not, however, a ghost (i.e. a spirit without a body) because he could be touched, and he ate with them. He was not merely “revived” as Lazarus was, for while Lazarus walked out of the tomb with his grave clothes, Jesus’ grave linens lay in the tomb; Lazarus would suffer physical death again, whereas Jesus was clothed in an immortal body. The resurrection of Jesus is not the same as reincarnation, either, because his body was immortal, even as it still bore the scars and resemblance to his old self.
What happened after Jesus died?
He was buried. Three days later He rose from death to life and left the tomb (Mt 28:6), fulfilling His own prophecy to His disciples that He would rise on the third day (Mt 16:21; 17:22; Mk 8:31; Lk 9:22; 18:33).
What has become of Jesus’ body after He rose from the dead?
He was in His spiritual body (1 Cor 15:44). Matter could not confine His action – “The doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them (Jn 20:19, 26). “He disappeared from their sight” (Lk 24:31). But He was not without bones and flesh. He was tangible and could eat and speak like ordinary men (Lk 24:39, 43). Therefore, the resurrection of Jesus was not the result of an “undying spirit” but His body rose from death and transformed into a “glorious body.” (Acts 2:31; Phil 3:21).
What are the reasons and effects of the resurrection of Jesus?
It was God who raised Him from the dead (Acts 2:32; 1 Cor 6:14) for Jesus is the author of life (Acts 3:15). He said, “I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again” (Jn 10:18). He also said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (Jn 11:25). It was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him (Acts 2:24). Death was swallowed up by His resurrection (Isa 25:8; 1 Cor 15:26). The life that does not see decay was revealed through Him. (2 Tim 1:10).
What does the resurrection of Jesus have to with His believers?
The resurrection of Jesus is part of the essence of the gospel, the most crucial step in God’s redemption. It has great impact on the salvation of believers. Therefore, we should adhere to what the bible says about it and hold firmly to it (1 Cor 15:1-2), for if Jesus had not resurrected, our belief in Him is in vain. Those who have died would perish and have no hope for the life to come. Would we not have been more pitiable than the rest of the world? (1 Cor 15:17, 19) Resurrection is not in spiritual terms only but the body would also be raised up at the last day (Jn 6:40).
How does the resurrection of Jesus benefit the believers?
He has given us a new birth – a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus (1 Pet 1:3). He revived our spirit which had been dead in sin and is now restored to life and justified (Col 2:12-13; Rom 4:25; 8:10). He will also give lifts to our mortal bodies (Rom 8:11, 23; Jn 6:39-40). Jesus is the firstfruit among the resurrection and the one who raised Him from the dead will also raise us from the dead (2 Cor 4:14) and seat us in heaven (Eph 2:6).
Where did Jesus go after His resurrection?
After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and many other believers (1 Cor 15:4-8) and explained the bible and things concerning heaven (I k 24:27, 45). Forty days later, He was taken up to heaven (Acts 1:3, 9) and -seated at the right hand of God (Heb 9:24; Rom 8:34). He lives forever. He is able to save those completely who come to God through Him because He intercedes for them (Heb 7:24-25). He is a great high priest who has gone through the heavens (Heb 4:14).
In conclusion, the resurrection of Jesus was not assumption..
Jesus was not taken up directly into heaven as Enoch and Elijah were. Rather, he came from the dead, having suffered the torments of Hades for our sins, back to earth to reinforce the message of his resurrection. As Paul explained, “The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body” (1Cor 15:42-44).
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