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Jesus raised a number of dead people back to life, one of whom was Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary.  Prior to this act of power, Jesus told Martha: “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (2)  Martha was then asked: “Do you believe this?”  She replied: “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” (3)  The Lord Jesus then proceeds to command the dead body of Lazarus to come out of the cave, where he had lain for 4 days.  The dead man rose, and Jesus was declared to be the Son of God.  Would that all were like Martha and really believed in Him who raises the dead.


The Verification.


The resurrection is one of the best attested facts of history and has been verified, by eye-witness accounts.  Doctor Luke has written in his history of the Acts of the Apostles, that “He (the Lord Jesus) showed Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs.” (4)  The great truth is that He was seen alive from the dead over a period of 40 days by different groups of people and at a variety of locations.  Paul selects five instances of these occasions in 1 Corinthians, chapter 15, saying: “He was seen of Peter, then of the twelve: after that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once … after that, He was seen of James; then of all the Apostles.” (5)  There is no doubt at all that Jesus

rose from the dead, because it has been verified by those who saw Him.


The Justification.


Paul makes another momentous claim in his letter to the Romans when he says that Jesus, our Lord, “Was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification.” (6)  Jesus died for our sins and paid the price for them in His precious blood.  The fact that He rose again proves that God has accepted the fullness and finality of that sacrifice.  On the basis of His resurrection, God can now

offer to make us righteous before Him forever.  What we have to do is believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. (7)  Confess with your mouth Jesus as lord, and believe in your heart

that God has raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved. (8)  If you do this, God will impute to you the righteousness of Christ.


The Rectification.


The resurrection also ensures that all wrongs will be accounted for.  God has seen every sinful act, and heard every idle word that has been spoken. Either our guilt and offences are forgiven through acceptance of the sacrifice of Christ or we have to be punished for them in the future eternity.  God

has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He has ordained, whereof He has given assurance unto all in that He has raised Him from the dead. (9)  The current thinking that we are all just the victims of our genes is just a false premise to try to suggest that we are not responsible for what we do.  The reality is that God will hold men accountable in the day when He will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ. (10)  How important, then, to have found forgiveness in Christ, for there is no penal judgment to those who are in Christ Jesus. (11)  The resurrection is God’s guarantee that the wrongs of this life will surely be rectified!

Even one of the leaders of the new, atheist movement has concluded:

“So it all comes down to the resurrection!”


How true that is!  And we all need to be aware of just what the resurrection means.

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The Declaration


In the opening lines of his letter to the Romans, Paul the apostle writes that Jesus Christ is “Declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Holy Spirit by the resurrection from the dead.” (1)  The resurrection declares that Jesus is the Son of God.

Romans, chapter 1, verse 4

The Gospel by John, chapter 11, verses 25 - 26

The Gospel by John, chapter 11, verse 27

Acts, chapter 1, verse 3

1st Corinthians, chapter 15, verses 5-7

Acts, chapter 17, verse 31

Romans, chapter 4, verse 25

Romans, chapter 4, verse 24

Romans, chapter 10, verse 9

Romans, chapter 2, verse 16

Romans, chapter 8, verse 1

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Bible References


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Acts, chapter 17, verses 24 - 31


24.  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and

earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

25.  Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he

giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26.  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth,

and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27.  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him,

though he be not far from every one of us:

28.  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets

have said, For we are also his offspring.

29.  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the

Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.

30.  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every

where to repent:

31.  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in

righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given

assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

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Acts, chapter 1, verses 1 - 4


1.  The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and

teach,

2.  Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given

commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

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:

4.  And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart

from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard

of me.

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Romans, chapter 1, verses 1 - 4


1.  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

2.  (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

3.  Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according

to the flesh;

4.  And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness,

by the resurrection from the dead ...  

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The Gospel by John, chapter 11, verses 23 - 26


23.  Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24.  Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

25.  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me,

though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26.  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

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Romans chapter 2, verses 11 - 16


11.  For there is no respect of persons with God.

12.  For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as

have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

13.  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall

be justified.

14.  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the

law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15.  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing

witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

16.  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to

my gospel.

Romans, chapter 10, verses 8 - 13


8.  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the

word of faith, which we preach;

9.  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine

heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is

made unto salvation.

11.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all

is rich unto all that call upon him.

13.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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1st Corinthians, chapter 15, verses 3-7


3.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our

sins according to the scriptures;

4.  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

5.  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

6.  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the

greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

7.  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

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Romans, chapter 4, verses 20 - 25


20.  He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in

faith, giving glory to God;

21.  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

22.  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

23.  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

24.  But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus

our Lord from the dead;

25.  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Romans, chapter 4, verses 20 - 25


20.  He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in

faith, giving glory to God;

21.  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

22.  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

23.  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

24.  But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up

Jesus our Lord from the dead;

25.  Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

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The Gospel by John, chapter 11, verses 23 - 27


23.  Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24.  Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

25.  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me,

though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26.  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

27.  She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God,

which should come into the world.

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Romans, chapter 8, verses 1 and 2


1.  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not

after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and

death.

THE RESURRECTION