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The Elementary Principles of Christ Part 2
Samuel Akpabio    [email]   ( United Kingdom ) 2019-03-21     Views : 76     touched : 31
WE MUST FIRMLY BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS>

In accordance with the Apostles creed, apostle confessed, "The third day He arose
again from the dead." Acts 1:3 tells us "To whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." Here, "after His suffering", refers to the complete death of Christ. There are many proofs that Christ died completely, John 19:34; "But one of the Soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out." Crucifixion was a punishment of condemnation the Romans imposed on slaves and political insurgents. Crucifixion by hanging on the cross by tying ands and feet together and killing by piercing the chest was very painful and slow. and in some cases the death was so slow that it took six days for the convict to die. This type of punishment was changed by Constantine to nailing on the cross for a faster death instead of the duration of 3-4 days. In the case of our Lord Jesus it took six hours on the cross before he died. Jesus died sooner because he suffered a ruptured heart, because he suffered a great heartache for sinners for when they pierced his chest, blood and water came out showing that he had a broken heart.

In three days, after his death, Jesus rose again in a perfect body (a glorified body. However, despite the miracle of His some hesitated to believe in the resurrected Christ, even though they claim to recognize his death. clearly an attempt by the devil to stop people from believing in the truth, Luke 8:12, "Those by the way side are they that hear; then the cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. To deny the truth of the resurrection , the devil advocates through unbelieving Scholars, divers hypotheses such as apparent death, spiritual resurrection, hallucination, manipulation, stolen body hypotheses and such like. However, authenticity of the Lord's resurrection has many definitive proofs, including Acts 1:3.

THE FACT THAT JESUS PRESENTED HIMSELF ALIVE IS THE PROOF>
Acts 1:3 "To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God."

Jesus had liberated power over life and death, John 10:17-18; "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down of myself. I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."

Revelation 1:18, Jesus said, "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore. A-men. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death." Our Lord has the power to rise from the dead and to live again, for He is God the Almighty and a perfect man at the same time.
Romans 6:23 tells us, "the wages of sin is death." This is the unchangeable righteous law of God. Jesus conquered death and hades by dying for the sins of the world, and thereby blotting out all the sins of the world once and for all through his baptism and blood. He made all the sins to disappear, He rose from the dead again and has become the God of those who believe in Him. This is how the righteous law of God is established.

THAT HIS TOMB WAS EMPTY IS THE EVIDENCE>
MATTHEW 27:57-66 tells us that Joseph, the rich man from Arimathea, also Jesus' disciple laid Jesus' dead body in a tomb hewn out of rock, and sealed it with a large stone against its door; a guard placed at the tomb for security. However, the tomb was empty after Jesus rose from the dead with his power and came out His tomb. Luke 24:3, "And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus." This is the proof of the Lord's resurrection.

Jesus is a great historic figure. One of the proofs is the chronological use of Anno Domini (A.D.), "in the year of our Lord.", based on the year of His coming. He is the Lord of creation and of Salvation. If He was still in the tomb, the tomb would have remained closed as an historical landmark; but he rose from the dead. The tombs of Confucius is in China, that of Buddha in India, and that of Mohammed in Mecca, Saudi Arabian are still closed because their bones are in their tombs; but because Jesus rose from the dead in three days His tomb has been empty. This is believing in our Lord, the one and only God.

THAT HE ATE AFTER HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD IS THE PROOF>

We know that Spirits do not eat. But the resurrected Lord ate. Luke 24:40-43 states, "And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them."
Further proof> Acts 10:40-41, "Him God raised up on the third day, and showed him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with him after He arose from the dead." This provides the absolute proof of his resurrection.
More proofs> 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 4:18-20; Acts 5:29.

Jesus' disciples were troubled at the death of Jesus; but they became bold once they saw the living Jesus. This boldness to spread the gospel even onto our times is because of the certainty that he rose from the dead which also give the assurance of our resurrection as well, so we are troubled of persecution.
1 Corinthians 15:20, "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept." Similarly, the teachings of the Pauline Epistles are also centred around, firstly, the core truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and then on the message that this resurrection also brings us our own resurrection.

 

 
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