The Unique Resurrection of Jesus

Jesus said unto her, l am the res­ur­rec­tion, and the life.” Jn 11:25

“I died, but look — I am alive for­ev­er and ever!” Rev 1–18 NL

The fact that Jesus arose from the dead isn’t what makes Him unique. The Bible records sev­en oth­er res­ur­rec­tions. Jesus was num­ber eight (the bib­li­cal num­ber for new begin­nings). In two amaz­ing ways His res­ur­rec­tion was unlike any oth­er; let’s look at them: 

(1) His was the only res­ur­rec­tion fore­told in advance. David proph­e­sied of Jesus: “For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave” (Ps 16:10 NLT). And Isa­iah fore­told life for Him beyond His cru­ci­fix­ion. “When you make His soul an offer­ing for sin… He shall pro­long His days” (Isa 53:10 NKJV). Jesus actu­al­ly fore­cast His res­ur­rec­tion from death. “Jesus began to explain to his dis­ci­ples that he must go to Jerusalem… be killed and on the third day be raised to life” (Mt 16:21 NIV). 

(2) Only Jesus raised Him­self from the dead! His ene­mies deemed Him a help­less vic­tim of their deter­mined efforts to erad­i­cate Him and His mis­sion. But they were wrong on all counts! He said, “No one can take my life from me. I sac­ri­fice it vol­un­tar­i­ly. For I have the author­i­ty to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again” (Jn 10:18 NLT). All of Rome’s might and the hatred of his Jew­ish per­se­cu­tors could­n’t elim­i­nate Jesus or nul­li­fy His cause. He need­ed no help. In His death and in His res­ur­rec­tion, He was always at the helm. “Destroy this tem­ple [my body], and in three days I will raise it up” (Jn 2:19 NLT). And He did! He’s alive forever­more!

Why is Christ’s res­ur­rec­tion unique? 

(1) He’s the only one who did­n’t die again. In Scrip­ture all oth­ers who rose from the dead, died again. Jesus was the glo­ri­ous excep­tion. Con­se­quent­ly, “He was made a priest… through the pow­er of a life which has no end” (Heb 7:16 GNT). His tes­ti­mo­ny stands: “I was dead… l am alive for ever” (Rev 1 :18 N IV). 

(2) He alone ascend­ed into Heav­en to rep­re­sent us before God. Oth­er priests died and ceased to serve. But Jesus was “declared… a priest for­ev­er” (Heb 7:17 NIV). And He’s not sit­ting around await­ing the sec­ond com­ing; He’s rep­re­sent­ing us before God. “He entered heav­en itself… to appear for us in God’s pres­ence” (Heb 9:24 NIV). That means no accu­sa­tion against us can stand. “Who is he that con­demns? Christ Jesus, who died… is at the right hand of God… inter­ced­ing for us” (Ro 8:34 NIV). 

(3) He has the pow­er to res­ur­rect you when you die. Jesus com­fort­ed His dis­ci­ples with this awe­some promise: “Before long, the world will not see me any­more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live” (Jn 14:19 NIV). And that promise applies to you too! “For the Lord him­self will come down from heav­en… the dead in Christ will rise first… we who are still alive… will be caught up togeth­er with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so, we will be with the Lord for­ev­er” (I Th 4:16–17 NlV). What a day that will be!

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA, pub­lished on Novem­ber 28, 2017, pages 30–31.