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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 9311 resurrection, of Jesus Christ
9311 resurrection, of Jesus Christ

9311 resurrection, of Jesus Christ

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is of central importance to the NT. It affirms the divinity of Jesus Christ, marks the words and deeds of his ministry with God’s seal of approval and opens the way to the future resurrection of believers.

Jesus Christ’s resurrection was foreshadowed in the OT

In Abraham and Isaac: Ge 22:5; Heb 11:19 In Jonah: Jnh 1:17; Jnh 2:10; Mt 12:40

Jesus Christ’s resurrection was predicted

In the OT 1Co 15:3-4 See also Isa 53:11; Hos 6:2; Lk 24:45-46; Ac 2:25-31; Ac 13:35; Ps 16:8-11; Ac 13:34; Ac 26:22-23

By Jesus Christ himself Mt 16:21 pp Mk 8:31 pp Lk 9:22 See also Mt 17:9 pp Mk 9:9; Mt 20:18-19 pp Mk 10:32-34 pp Lk 18:31-33; Mt 26:32 pp Mk 14:28; Jn 2:19-21

Jesus Christ’s resurrection was anticipated by the raising of the dead

In the OT Heb 11:35 None of the OT or NT miracles are true resurrections. Those raised resumed life as before, their bodies unchanged. Resurrection for Jesus Christ and therefore for his people means a changed body and permanent life in glory. This is the “better resurrection”. See also 1Ki 17:22; 2Ki 4:35; 2Ki 13:21

In the miracles of Jesus Christ Lk 7:22 pp Mt 11:4-5 See also Mt 9:23-25 pp Mk 5:38-42; Mt 27:52-53; Lk 7:14-15; Jn 11:43-44

The sequence of events in Jesus Christ’s resurrection

It was preceded by suffering and death Php 2:8-9 See also Jn 19:28-33; Heb 2:9

It took place on the first day of the week Jn 20:1-2 pp Mt 28:1-2 pp Mk 16:2-4 pp Lk 24:1-3

It was announced by angels Mt 28:5-6 pp Mk 16:5-6 pp Lk 24:4-6 See also Lk 24:23; 1Ti 3:16

The disciples were reluctant to believe it Lk 24:25-26 See also Mk 16:13-14; Lk 24:11; Jn 20:24-25

The disciples saw the evidence and were ultimately convinced Jn 2:22 See also Lk 24:33-35; Jn 20:8,18,26-28; Ac 2:32; Ac 3:15; Ac 4:33

The risen Christ appeared to many people Ac 1:3 To the disciples: Mt 28:16-17; Mk 16:14; Lk 24:50-52; Jn 20:19-23,26-31; Jn 21:1-2; Ac 1:9-11 To Mary Magdalene: Mk 16:9; Jn 20:11-18
Lk 24:13-15 to two on the Emmaus road To Peter: Lk 24:34; 1Co 15:5 To Paul: Ac 9:3-5 pp Ac 22:6-8 pp Ac 26:12-15; 1Co 15:8
Ac 10:39-41; 1Co 15:6 to over 500 people; 1Co 15:7 to James

The resurrection was followed by Jesus Christ’s entry into glory Ro 8:34 See also 1Co 15:24-29; Eph 1:18-21; 1Ti 3:16; Heb 1:3; Rev 1:18

Jesus Christ’s resurrection body was spiritual but not ghostly

Lk 24:37-39 See also Jn 20:27; Ac 1:4; 1Co 15:50; Php 3:21

See also

1429prophecy, OT fulfilment
2018Christ, divinity
2351Christ, miracles
2366Christ, prophecies concerning
2421gospel, historical foundation
2505Christ, ascension
2530Christ, death of
2555Christ, resurrection appearances
2560Christ, resurrection
5396lordship of Christ

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