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The Resurrection of Jesus


Why the Resurrection of Jesus?

Romans 10.9 : "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

The resurrection of Jesus is established by God. It is the time marker and the most important historical fact of the entire human knowledge base. It is the symbol of the rebirth towards eternal life for all Christians. Death is defeated. Jesus is above all domination, all authority, all power. In his great mercy, he saves whoever turns to him through repentance. During our conversion, by the grace of God, we will die with Jesus to resurrect with Jesus. At the call of the Lord, all the saints asleep with glorious bodies will live again as Christ.

1 Peter 1.3 : "Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to his great mercy, has regenerated us, for a living hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,"

Jesus had repeatedly announced his resurrection to his apostles. Also to the priests with the parable of rebuilding the temple on the third day.

Matthew 16.21 : "From that time Jesus began to make known to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, that he should suffer many things from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, that he be put to death. and let him rise on the third day. "

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb with other women to embalm Jesus. They said among themselves, Who will roll us the stone far from the entrance of the sepulcher? They saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled. Warned by the women Peter and John come to the tomb.

Luke 24.12 : "But Peter arose, and ran to the tomb, and bending down, saw only the linen that was on the ground, and went to his house in astonishment at what had happened."

Mary Magdalene thought that the body of Jesus had been removed. Only John believed in the resurrection of Jesus when he discovered the empty tomb.

John 2011 : "And Mary, standing outside the tomb, wept, and wept, and bent down to look in the sepulcher, and saw two angels in white, sitting in the place where the body of Jesus had been laid. They said to her, "Woman, why are you crying?" She said to them, "Because they took away my Lord, and I do not know where they put him." .. "

Saying this, Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. In sorrow, she recognized his voice and a cry of joy sprang from his heart. Jesus was alive. This is the first appearance of Jesus. A little later he appeared to the other women.

Matthew 28.9 : "And, behold, Jesus came to meet them, and said, Hail, they came near to grasp his feet, and worshiped him.

In the afternoon, he showed himself to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Luke 24.13 : "While they talked and talked, Jesus came and went with them."

Also to Simon.

Luke 24.34 : "The Lord is risen indeed, and appeared to Simon."

Despite all these first witnesses, the group refused to believe.

Luke 24.33 : "Arising at that very hour, they returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven, and those with them, together."

Jesus came and stood in the midst of them and said to them, Peace to you! When Jesus appeared to the ten that night, he reproached them with their hardness of heart and their disbelief with those who had seen him.

Mark 16.14 : "At last he appeared to the eleven while they sat at the table, and he reproached them with their unbelief and the hardness of their hearts, because they had not believed those who had seen him risen."

Yet the eleven thought it was a spirit, so he had to invite them to examine his hands and his side, and even to touch them.

Luke 24.38 : "But he said to them, Why are you troubled, and why do such thoughts arise in your hearts?"

Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father sent me, so I send you. Having said this he breathed in them and said to them: Receive the Holy Spirit. He ate food. Yet he had the power to cross the walls, to appear and disappear at will.

Luke 24.43 : "He took some, and he ate before them."

After all this, the most incredulous Thomas was convinced of a mistake and only believed when he saw Jesus personally a week later. The Lord said to him, "Do not be incredulous, but believe."

John 20:28: "And Thomas said unto him, O my Lord, and my God, Jesus saith unto him, Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed, happy are they that have not seen, and have believed.

The disciples had returned to Galilee, which Jesus had asked them.

Matthew 28.7 : "And go quickly to tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead.

He had arranged for them to rendezvous on a certain mountain.

Matthew 28.16 : "And the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated for them."

It was likely that it was not far from the place or two or three years earlier, they had called them for the first time to become a fisherman of men. He also showed himself to the disciples on the shores of Lake Tiberias. He gave them a miraculous catch.

John 21.6 : "And he said to them, Cast off the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find, and they cast him, and could not pull him out because of the abundance of fish."

Simon Peter having returned to his business, Jesus addressed this same question three times to Peter:

John 21:15 : "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than they love me?"

He answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Peace my lambs."

The idea expressed by this dialogue seems to be the following: Pierre do you love ME ME more than your fishing business? In this case, you better spend your time caring for my flock, my Pierre business sooner than yours. After that he appeared to the eleven in Galilee.

Matthew 28.16 : "And the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated for them, and when they saw him, they fell down before him."

Then, at a time and place unknown, to Jacques.

1 Corinthians 15.7 : "Then he appeared to James, and to all the apostles."
The last apparition, followed by the ascent, was at Bethany.

Luke 24.44 : "And he said to them, This is what I said to you when I was still with you, that all that was written of me should be fulfilled in the law of Moses, in the prophets. and in the psalms."

Conclusion : The apostles supported their faith, not on an empty tomb, but on the fact that they had seen Jesus alive after his burial, not once, not twice, but at least ten times; and not alone, but two, seven, ten, eleven, and five hundred! Our hope of resurrection and eternal life is based, not on a philosophical conjuncture about immortality, but on a historical fact. So, this one attests our walk by the Holy Spirit who gave us through our Lord. Jesus says he is the resurrection and the life. There will be no resurrection without him! Christ is risen for our justification. He came back from death so that man is presentable to God. The Lord knows those who belong to Him. Even before our conception, we are established by his will. We are in this generation because God has a plan for each of us. When we love the Lord more than our own life, it is a rebirth, in him and for him. The good Shepherd leads all the truth to his sheep by grace. Christians derive their joy from the risen Christ and no one can take it away from us.

John 11.25 : "Jesus saith unto him, I am the resurrection and the life, and he that believeth in me, yet shall he die." Amen !