My thoughts on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
The climatic phrase “It is finished” in John 19:30 means Jesus was not finished, but only that His suffering was finished. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ means that He has conquered death, hell, and the grave. Because Jesus lives today, there is hope and peace in this present life and beyond the grave. Praise God!
The significance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ means there is eternal life beyond our present life. Death is not the ending, it is only the beginning. If we have applied the gospel of Jesus Christ by obeying Acts 2:38, then we do not have to fear death.
Another significance of the Resurrection is that Jesus has ALL power and authority (John 17:1-4). When a person has repented, been water baptized by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ (the name must be invoked), and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, there is spiritual empowerment because of the power of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! We can live a victorious life and overcome our carnal nature. It is the spiritual work that Jesus Christ performs in the lives of all believers when He fills them with His Holy Spirit!
Also, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was real. In other words, it is historical not just a myth. John records the tomb is empty (20:1-12). The Resurrection turned the crucifixion of Jesus into the most revolutionary historical event the world has ever known! Glory to God.
Another aspect of the Resurrection is that it is personal. Think about that for a moment. John records that the disciples went home, but Mary Magdalene was weeping. In John 20:15-18, Jesus was talking to only her by the empty tomb. In addition, Jesus promised that He would be our Comforter in John 14:16-18. Another personal resurrection moment is when Thomas was personally invited by Jesus to touch His hands and side (John 20:27-29). This proves that the Resurrection defeats doubt and unbelief! Thomas acknowledges Jesus Christ as his Lord and God. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ brings beautiful illumination and revelation.
The Resurrection is universal. John writes that Mary "came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD" (John 20:18). Also, John writes that Jesus is commissioning His disciples to love and make more disciples (John 21). Why? Because the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the gospel message!
In closing, the message of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is an important doctrine that is central to all Christians. Furthermore, it provides the power and the basis of our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is essential to our salvation. It is possible to experience the power of the Resurrection in your life today! Have you experienced the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by obeying Acts 2:38? It is for you today!