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The Joy of the Resurrection
by Danny Boggs
Read Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, or John 20 and 21 in the Bible. These are factual accounts of the incredible events of one momentous Sunday and its aftermath. It’s a true story. Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead!
Understandably, His resurrection surprised people. Yet God had foreshadowed it through writing prophets a thousand years before (Acts 2:24-37, 13:31-37; 1 Corinthians 15:4). Jesus Himself had been telling people beforehand that it would happen (Matt. 16:21, 17:23, 20:19, 26:32).
Those who saw Him alive again became witnesses. They sacrificed their lives to tell others the good news flowing from His resurrection.
It was news that those proclaimers initially struggled to believe themselves. Why? They had never known anything so joyful (Luke 24:41). What’s so wonderful about the resurrection of Jesus from the dead? It means that we don’t have to live with the troubling guilt of the things we have done wrong. Righteousness “will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:24-25). With sin out of the way and death itself having suffered a fatal blow, we can look forward to a thrilling resurrection, too. “…Knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into His presence” (2 Corinthians 4:14). Read 1 Corinthians 15 for a gripping expansion of this glorious thought.
We would love to help you know more about Jesus and His resurrection and to do something about it. Why not believe in the resurrected Lord today? Why not be buried with Him in baptism and raised to new life (Romans 10:9, 6:3-4)?