By Dewayne Troutt
New Beginnings Church
Scripture presents conclusive evidence that Jesus Christ was in fact resurrected from the dead. Christ’s resurrection is recorded in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20. The resurrected Christ also appeared in the Book of Acts 1:1-11.
From these passages we can gain several “proofs” of Christ’s resurrection. First is the dramatic change in the disciples. They went from a group of frightened men in hiding to strong, courageous witnesses sharing the gospel throughout the world.
Second is the life of the apostle Paul. What changed him from being a persecutor of the church into an apostle for the church? It was when the risen Christ appeared to him on the road to Damascus Acts 9:1-6.
A third convincing proof is the empty tomb. If Christ were not raised, then where is His body? The disciples and others saw the tomb where He was buried. When they returned, His body was not there it was gone. Angels declared that He had been raised from the dead as He had promised in Matthew 28:5-7.
Another proof of the resurrection of Jesus is the great amount of weight the apostles gave to Jesus’ resurrection. A key passage on Christ’s resurrection is 1 Corinthians 15.
The apostle Paul explains why it is crucial to understand and believe in Christ’s resurrection. The resurrection is important for the following reasons: 1) If Christ was not raised from the dead, believers will not be either (1 Corinthians 15).
2) If Christ was not raised from the dead, His sacrifice for sin was not sufficient (1 Corinthians 15:16-19). Jesus’ resurrection proved that His death was accepted by God as the atonement for our sins. If He had simply died and stayed dead, that would indicate His sacrifice was not sufficient. As a result, believers would not be forgiven for their sins, and they would remain dead after they die (1 Corinthians 15:16-19).
There would be no such thing as eternal life (John 3:16). “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:2).
Finally, scripture is clear that all those who believe in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal life just as He was (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). Christ’s resurrection proves His victory over sin and provides us the power to live victoriously over sin.
It describes the glorious nature of the resurrection body we will receive…it proclaims, as a result of Christ’s resurrection, all who believe in Him will victory over death, to be absent from the body but in the presence of the Lord. What a glorious truth the resurrection of Christ is!
“Therefore, my dear brothers/sisters stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
According to the Bible, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is most definitely true. The Bible records Christ’s resurrection, the Bible records over 500 people witnessed the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord…for all that are in Christ Jesus are blessed and highly favored we are heirs to the throne, praise Jesus.