KEY SCRIPTURE:1 Corinthians 15 :20. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.”
The resurrection of our Lord Jesus is a very significant event in history. Luke wrote that, Jesus showed Himself alive to his disciples by many infallible proofs (Acts 1:2). There are so many evidences of His resurrection, yet, I will talk about only one of the evidences for this moment. This is the testimony of his disciples. These were men who had gone into hiding, (although, men like John reported he witnessed the crucifixion) when he was captured and crucified, yet ‘out of the blue’ they were all over the place testifying that Jesus had resurrected, and that they had seen Him. “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.” (Acts 2:32). These disciples proved that they had encountered the resurrected Lord by giving over their lives to be killed for what they had seen and known was the truth. History teaches us that all the apostles besides Judas who betrayed the master, died a martyred death except Apostle John. Please these men did not talk about having a dream of his resurrection, but physically met with Him. They ate with him, touched him and saw him go up into heaven (. John 20:27, 1 John 1:1, John 21:12-14)
The truth of the resurrection brings home to every man certain reality that we must all face.
1 His resurrection teaches He is the only way to the father as well as the only name given among men, whereby we may be saved (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)
2. There is life after death and the death of a Christian should not cause so much sorrow, because he or she has only been translated to a glorious place, where we will definitely meet again. (1 Thess 4:13 & 14)
3.There is going to be a judgment with rewards for those who lived in honor of the Lord, but to those who lived to satisfy their flesh in disobedience, they shall be punished and cast into eternal fire. (John 5:29)
4 His resurrection informs all Christians to take up the great commission very seriously. In every minute or hour countless multitudes pass on into eternity. Many definitely die in their sins. According to the Bible they will end up in hell. This should place a high sense of urgency to win them at all cost. We must say with Apostle Paul, necessity is laid on me, woe is me if I preach not the gospel. (1 Corinth 9:16)
5. In Ephesians 1:19, 20 the Holy Spirit reveals that God has given to every believer in Jesus, a super power which is the same as what he worked in Jesus to raise him from the dead. This gives us power to stop every work of the enemy and set others free.
6 The resurrection brings to us hope to joyfully endure every persecution for our Lord, because we know that we would be rewarded for our faithfulness. (1 Corinth 15:58)
My Lord Jesus is not in the grave, He is alive. He lives in me. I am also victorious in this life, and over any condition. I have a living hope, which is an anchor for my soul. I boldly testify to the lost to win them from eternal destruction.
Acts 1 :3- To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 2 “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”