The resurrection

Worshiping with other believers helps you view all of life from the vantage point of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

It’s not just the most important miracle ever. It’s not just the most astounding event in the life of the Messiah. It’s not just an essential item in your theological outline. It’s not just the reason for the most important celebratory season of the church. It’s not just your hope for the future. No, the resurrection is all that and more. It is also meant to be the window through which you view all of life. Second Corinthians 4:13–15 captures this truth very well: “[We know] that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” But what does it look like to look at life through the window of the resurrection? As I assess my life right here, right now, what about the resurrection must I remember? Let me suggest five things. 

The resurrection of Jesus guarantees your resurrection too. Life is not a constantly repeating cycle of the same old same old. No, under God’s rule this world is marching toward a conclusion. Your life is being carried to a glorious end. There will be a moment when God will raise you out of this broken world, and sin and suffering will be no more. 

The resurrection tells you what Jesus is now doing. Jesus now reigns. First Corinthians 15 says that he will continue to reign until the final enemy is under his feet. You see, your world is not out of control, but under the careful control of One who is still doing his sin-defeating work. 

The resurrection promises you all the grace you need between Jesus’s resurrection and yours. If your end has already been guaranteed, then all the grace you need along the way has been guaranteed as well, or you would never make it to your appointed end. Future grace always carries with it the promise of present grace. 

The resurrection of Jesus motivates you to do what is right, no matter what you are facing. The resurrection tells you that God will win. His truth will reign. His plan will be accomplished. Sin will be defeated. Righteousness will overcome evil. This means that everything you do in God’s name is worth it, no matter what the cost. 

The resurrection tells you that you always have reason for thanks. Quite apart from anything you have earned, you have been welcomed into the most exciting story ever and have been granted a future of joy and peace forever.

Tripp, Paul David. New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional . Crossway. Kindle Edition. ( I read a age frin this book everyday. I have gone through it for several years now and it is always a thoughtful part of my devotions.)

A Passage To Ponder: 1Corinthians 15

Thomas Fuller once wrote, “We’re born crying, live complaining and die disappointed.”

The famous author O’Henry said that “life is made of sobs, sniffles, and smiles; with sniffles predominating.

Janis Joplin, the folk singer of my generation, once lamented, “Life is something you do while waiting to die.”

Sadly these cynical and pessimistic views of life are held by many people today. The Bible, however, offer a view of life that it is confident, hopeful, positive and sees beyond this world.

In 1 Corinthians 15 as Paul comes to the grand conclusion of the validly of general resurrection based on the fact of Jesus’ resurrection, he writes, “So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Cor. 15:54).

Through Jesus Christ’s resurrection, he “abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim. 1:9-10). He guarantees our victory! The grave is not our goal! The tomb is not the end! We will win out over death! “

Yet, as we live in this world and experience the daily struggles, sorrows, and challenges of life, how does this help?

(1) The hope of the resurrection provides me with power when I feel weak.


Reviewing the Resurrection Creed in 1 Cor 15:3-8

Central facts of the gospel

The resurrection is critical.

Here is a statement by Gary R. Habermas

Central facts of the gospel in 1 Cor. 15:3ff.:

  1. Christ is deity.
  2. He died for our sins.
  3. He was buried.
  4. He rose from the dead.
  5. He was seen by many witnesses.

— Heart of New Testament Doctrine, p. 51

It’s about the resurrection!

by Brian LePort at Near Emmaus

“Why is it considered incredible among you people if God does raise the dead (Acts 26.8, NASB)?” – Paul

This summer I have been reading through the Book of Acts. I should be done this week (and I hope to post some thoughts on the blog). Toward the end of this narrative the Apostle Paul is depicted as giving several speeches in his own defense. He is accused of many things. In 17.16-34 some Athenians claim he is introducing “new deities.” In 19.23-41 a silversmith named Demetrius rallies the Ephesian crowd to accuse Paul of blaspheming the goddess Artimes. In 21.27-36 his fellow Jews accuse him betraying them and the Law of Moses. In every occasion Luke doesn’t deny that Paul’s preaching has “turned the world upside down,” but he does defend Paul against lawlessness. Paul has done nothing against Caesar, or Rome, or other governing authorities, or the Jews.

For Luke the opposition may think this or that is the reason for their animosity against Paul, but it isn’t. Paul is presented as saying so in his speeches. In 22.1-21 Paul’s fellow Jews listen to the defense he gives after his arrest in the temple until he mentions going to the Gentiles with his gospel. This throws the Jews into a fit. Yet Paul does not change argument. It seems that he is convinced that the heart of the matter is his proclamation that God raised Jesus from the dead.

In 23.1-11 Paul splits the Sanhedrin by causing the Pharisees to sympathize with him against the Sadducees because Paul affirmed the resurrection. The Pharisees believed in a final resurrection; the Sadducees did not. Of course, Paul’s main concern is the resurrection of Jesus. In 24.21 Paul defends himself before Felix the Roman governor saying that his opponents are upset because he affirms the resurrection. This is what perplexes the next governor Festus as well. He tells King Agrippa in 25.19, “…they simply had some points of disagreement with him about their own religion and about a dead man, Jesus, whom Paul asserted to be alive (NASB).” When Paul gives his defense before Agrippa asks those present, “Why is it considered incredible among you people if God does raise the dead (26.8, NASB)?” After recounting his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus he presses his point before Agrippa and Felix: This is what Moses foresaw, this is what the prophets foresaw, I (Paul) am not saying anything out of line with the hope of Israel.

Luke’s Paul has a straightforward message: It’s about the resurrection! Paul did not believe that the accusations against him addressed the real problem. It wasn’t about the polity of Athens, or the economics of Ephesus, or the customs of the temple in Jerusalem. It was about the resurrection. The resurrection has changed everything. As Paul told the Athenians, “God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead (17.30b-31, NASB).” The resurrection means Athenian philosophers, and Ephesians idol makers, and pious Jews must reckon with God’s apocalyptic action as revealed in Jesus of Nazareth.  This is what it is really about at the end of the day: Did God raise Jesus from the dead? If so, what do you do with that?