Jesus’ Resurrection

Good day! I hope everyone was is staying healthy! I feel like if you have a cold or something everyone thinks it’s COVID. So, best of luck out there. Today we are going to be talking about the resurrection of Jesus. Then next week is going to be on the importance of it, and chapters in the Bible that correlate.

The story of Jesus’ resurrection and His ascension. The resurrection of Jesus. For several years Jesus was followed by His 12 disciples. They were all looking forward to Him fulfilling the promise of a new kingdom.  Jesus drew people in with his teachings, miracles and His love and compassion. The 12 disciples were positive that Jesus was the Messiah sent from God.  God had already told His people that He was sending someone to free them and help establish God’s kingdom down on Earth.  Jesus was thought to be the one to rescue Israel from the Romans. However, the cross seemed to ruin the dreams of Jesus’ followers.  He was dead; His body hung there, limp.

Jesus died on the cross on Friday, but three days later Mary and Mary Magdalene  went to the tomb to put spices on His body. When they arrived the stone was rolled away, and the body of Jesus was gone. While they were in the tomb they saw two men and those men told the women that Jesus was not there because he rose from the dead, as Jesus had said in Galilee. 

Later, there were two followers walking down a road very upset, and confused because they thought they had just lost their savior. Then a man appeared on the road with them, and they began to tell this man about Jesus – A man who was supposed to rescue Israel, but rather than rescuing them,  He was crucified. 

The man on the road began to explain that this is what was prophesied. That a man would come and die a rebel’s  death for those who were actually rebels, but it would end in a resurrection. They continued down the road until they sat down for dinner. The man split the bread and gave it to them. As they looked at the bread they realized that the man before them was Jesus. For the next forty days Jesus appeared to a number of different witnesses. 

However, there were also many doubts about the resurrection. Ideas were presented that it could have been a coma, theft of Jesus’s body  or even that the women had gone to the wrong tomb. But throughout the Bible there are a number of appearances of Jesus and stories of Him talking to people. There is also a lot of proof that Jesus really did die. The Romans knew how to kill very skillfully and painfully and they did just that to Jesus, which took 6 brutal hours. The spear in the side also emphasized the fact that He was killed on the cross. It was most likely to Pleural effusion, which would ultimately kill Him.  There is proof and stories of the burial.

While Jesus was on Earth, He had multiple opportunities to demonstrate miracles and spent most of His time teaching the group of 12 men He chose to be His disciples.  

The most important teaching was the Great Commision. The Commission as stated in Matthew 28:18-201, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus, the one who has been given all authority from His father. The commission is to go, and make disciples. 

They are then told how they are supposed to make disciples. They are supposed to baptize them and teach them. This baptism is important because it represents the new life in Christ.  Baptisms are peoples’ outward expressions of following Jesus.  Followers are supposed to be teachers, so that people can grow in their faith. Then we are promised that Jesus will be with us until the end. This is so important because He has promised that as Christaians are doing as He commanded,  He will be with us. 

On Jesus’ final day he was taken up into heaven. His followers worshiped him and returned back to their home and were filled with a lot of joy. They continued to praise Him after He ascended into heaven. 

Be sure to come by next week to read about the importance of the resurrection,

Thanks for stopping in,

Raegan

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