Bible Questions

Bible Questions

What is the significance of the Resurrection of Christ?

God the Father raised Christ from the dead, in fulfilment of the Scriptures and of Christ's own promises, declaring Christ to be His Son, and His acceptance of Christ's redemptive work, guaranteeing the justification, spiritual life and final resurrection of all believers.

The fact of the Resurrection is at the core of the gospel.

The Resurrection was the work of the Father (Acts 2:24; Acts 3:15; Acts 10:40; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 2:12) by the power of the Spirit (Romans 8:11; 1 Peter 3:18).

The centrality of the Resurrection is seen in the trouble to which the New Testament goes, and the Gospels especially, to give the facts concerning our Lord's appearances. Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9; John 20:18), the women (Matthew 28:8, 9), Simon Peter (Luke 24:34), two disciples (Luke 24:13-35), all the apostles, except Thomas (John 20:19, John 20:24), Thomas himself (John 20:26-28), the apostles at the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1), the apostles in Galilee (Matthew 28:16-17), about 500 disciples (1 Corinthians 15:6), James (1 Corinthians 15:7), all the apostles (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9; 1 Corinthians 15:7), and Paul (1 Corinthians 15:8).

The Resurrection gives our faith substance

The Resurrection was central in the witness of the apostles.

'We are witnesses' was their theme (Acts 3:15; 1 Corinthians 15:14-15).

Every apostle had to be a personal witness of Christ's Resurrection (Acts 1:22).

The distinctive characteristic of their preaching was the power with which they bore witness to the Resurrection of Christ (Acts 4:33).

They knew and preached a living Christ (Acts 25:19; 2 Timothy 2:8).

The Old Testament Scriptures demanded that the Resurrection should take place.

The Messiah was not to be allowed to experience decay (Psalms 16:10; Acts 13:34-35).

Everything written about Christ in the law of Moses, the prophets and the Psalms demanded fulfilment (Luke 24:44; John 20:9; Acts 26:22-23).

Christ foretold His Resurrection.

At the beginning of His ministry He had hinted at it (John 2:19-22).

When Peter confessed Jesus as the Messiah, the first clear revelation about the Resurrection was given to the disciples (Matthew 16:21).

The experience of the Transfiguration was not to be reported until after the Resurrection (Mark 9:9).

Jesus clearly foretold His Resurrection to the disciples (Matthew 20:19; Mark 14:28).

The Resurrection was necessary to demonstrate irrefutably the truth of all Christ's claims.

By His life, words and miracles Jesus had made many claims (Luke 11:20; John 10:18; John 11:25; John 14:6).

From the lips of a mere human being such claims would have been blasphemous (Matthew 26:63-66). If such a one died and remained dead as other people then the charge of imposter would be true but if He rose again from the dead the truth of His claim - that He was from God and was the Son of God- would be vindicated (Matthew 27:63-66; compared with Acts 5:38-39, applying the latter words for the moment to the Resurrection.)

The Resurrection was necessary to give final proof of Christ's deity.

The Resurrection was a declaration of the Father, as promised in the Old Testament, that Jesus is His Son (Psalms 2:7; Acts 13:33).

By raising Christ to life again by the power of the Holy Spirit, God the Father clearly and obviously marked Christ out as His Son - the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity (Romans 1:4).

It was impossible for death to keep Christ in its grip (Acts 2:24) - of God alone can such a claim be justly made.

Without the Resurrection we would not know that Christ's death achieved its objects so far as sin is concerned.

Without it the gospel would be null and void (1 Corinthians 15:14).

Without it there would be no hope of forgiveness (1 Corinthians 15:17).

Without it we would be utterly lost with no possibility of salvation (1 Corinthians 15:19).

Jesus' Resurrection declares the acquittal of believers from every charge that was against them on account of their sins (Romans 4:25; Romans 8:34).

The Resurrection was necessary to provide a solid basis for faith.

Christ showed Himself alive by many convincing proofs (Acts 1:3).

God's acceptance of Christ's work is demonstrated by the Resurrection (see above): through Christ men and women may approach God with confidence (1 Peter 1:21).

The Resurrection gives our faith substance (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:17).

The Resurrection was necessary to give a living hope.

Christians' hope or assurance arises from Christ's Resurrection: through His Resurrection we receive new life (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 1:3).

Believers have a living hope regarding the resurrection of the dead, for God who raised up Christ will raise up them also (1 Corinthians 15:20, 1 Corinthians 15:23; Acts 26:23; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 4:14).

Believers have a living hope regarding the resurrection of the body, for Christ's Resurrection is the pattern of theirs (Luke 24:35, Luke 24:39, Luke 24:42-43; John 20:20, John 20:27; Romans 6:5; 1 Corinthians 15:49; Philippians 3:21).

The Resurrection was necessary to demonstrate that Christ may be known today.

Paul proved the truth of this experience, at first to his great amazement (Acts 9:1-9).

Paul then made the knowing of Christ, and the experiencing of the power of His Resurrection, an objective of his life (Philippians 3:10).

The Resurrection was necessary to give assurance of the final just judgment of the world.

People wrongly condemned Christ; God the Father vindicated Him by the Resurrection, thereby judging those who dealt with Christ so falsely (Acts 2:22-24).

God will have the world judged and justly judged by Christ - He has given proof of this by His Son's Resurrection (Acts 17:31).

The Resurrection was necessary to illustrate that the last word is always with God. People called Christ a 'deceiver'; God the Father - by the Resurrection - declared Him 'My Son' (Matthew 27:63-66; Psalms 2:7; Romans 1:4).