YEAR 11 Christian Studies
The Resurrection of Jesus
A) What does the Bible teach about the resurrection?
The resurrection of Jesus is presented in the Bible as the basis for the salvation of all Christians. The resurrection is the central foundation upon which the Christian faith is built, the resurrection is the spine of the Bible and the credibility of the Apostles in their teachings of Christ
Without the resurrection, Christianity is pointless and has no purpose.
Beyond the relatively straightforward description of the death and resurrection, the Bible teaches the meaning of the resurrection
The resurrection was central to Paul’s teachings of God where he teaches firstly that only almighty God can raise one from the dead
“Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead” (Galatians 1)
Further to this Paul preached that God will also one day raise us from the dead but only if we show faith and follow God’s will on earth
“By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also” (Corinthians 6:4)
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you” (Romans 8:11)
This message of salvation through resurrection is reinforced elsewhere in the Bible:
John 5: 28-29: Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
John 6:40: For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes ...
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...st hand accounts of the apostolic witnesses, but Christianity is more than a series of debates between historians, more than a list of intellectual debating points that can be argued back and forth. In the end, Christianity depends on faith, faith based on a living and ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ, my living Saviour
Thomas wanted the strongest form of proof: “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were…I will not believe it” (John 20:25). Thomas saw, he tested, and then he believed (verses 26-28). Yet Jesus Christ followed this dramatic encounter with the words: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (verse 29).
In conclusion according to the Bible, the only guarantee of everlasting life for man, depends on the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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