Spring is here. Time for new birth. Many are already thinking about Resurrection Sunday (Easter) celebrations. We do this every year, so it is easy to take for granted and not give it a second thought. But, think about it. Resurrection, really? This means I really do believe that I am going to come alive again and then for eternity!
Have you ever watched any of those documentaries about Egyptian pharaohs or Chinese kings who built extravagant burial places so that they would be equipped in their after life? They were also believing in resurrection and living again!
Atheists criticize Christians for believing in the resurrection of Yeshua Jesus. They claim it is a myth or story. They say Jesus may have been a good man and a good teacher, but resurrection, really? What do you say to that?
I say that I believe Yeshua Jesus was resurrected from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit! The Word of God says it. Yeshua even prophesied it of Himself. Yeshua displayed that power by raising others from the dead during His earthly ministry. And it says that He will also come to raise us from the dead. What a hope! Raised again to eternal life with Him! Death has lost its sting! Thank you Yeshua Jesus!
John 11: 25-27, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
John 5: 24-30, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
Acts 4: 33, “And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.” (Consider reading Peter’s first message after receiving the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. He quotes King David’s prophecy and rejoicing anticipation and hope in resurrection….which is now fulfilled in Yeshua Jesus resurrection as firstfruits of many.)
What a true great hope we have of resurrection to eternal life in Yeshua Jesus!