Pastoral Exhortation

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Some Important Biblical Facts About
Christ’s Resurrection

  1. His Resurrection was foretold by the prophets
    • Psalm 16:10 “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”
    • Acts 13:34-35 “And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”
  2. His Resurrection was foretold by Himself
    • Matthew 20:19 “And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.”
    • Mark 9:9 “And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.”
    • Mark 14:28 “But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.”
    • John 2:19-22 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.”
  3. His Resurrection was on the first day of the week
    • Mark 16:9 “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”
  4. His Resurrection was on the third day after His death
    • Luke 24:46 “And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day.”
    • Acts 10:40 “Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly.”
    • 1 Corinthians 15:4 “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
  5. His Resurrection was effected by:
    • The power of God
      • Acts 2:24 “Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”
      • Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
      • Ephesians 1:20 “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.”
      • Colossians 2:12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”
    • His own power
      • John 2:19 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
      • John 10:18 “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
    • The power of the Holy Spirit
      • 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”
  6. His Resurrection was witnessed by:
    • Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9; John 20:18).
    • The other women (Matthew 28:1-9).
    • Simon Peter (Luke 24:34).
    • Two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-31).
    • Ten Apostles, except Thomas (John 20:19, 24).
    • Eleven Apostles, Thomas being present (John 20:26).
    • Seven Apostles by the sea of Tiberias (John 21:1).
    • Apostles in Galilee (Matthew 28:16, 17).
    • Above five hundred brethren (1 Corinthians 15:6).
    • James (1 Corinthians 15:7).
    • All the Apostles (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9; 1 Corinthians 15:7).
    • Stephen (Acts 7:56).
    • Paul (1 Corinthians 15:8).
    • John (Revelation 1:12-18).

    This was verified by Luke who wrote, “He shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days” (Acts 1:3).

  7. His Resurrection was declared by:
    • Angels (Matthew 28:5-7; Luke 24:4-7, 23).
    • Apostles (Acts 1:22; 2:32; 3:15; 4:33; 25:19; 26:23).
    • Roman soldiers (Matthew 28:11-15).
  8. His Resurrection was necessary for:
    • The fulfilment of Scripture Luke 24:45-46 “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day.”
    • Forgiveness of sins1 Corinthians 15:17 “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”
    • JustificationRomans 4:25 “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” Romans 8:34 “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
    • Hope1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”
    • The efficacy of preaching1 Corinthians 15:14 “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”
    • The efficacy of faith1 Corinthians 15:14 “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:17 “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”
  9. His Resurrection proves that He is the Son of God
    • Psalm 2:7 “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”
    • Acts 13:33 “God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”
    • Romans 1:4 “And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”