READ: Mark 8:31; 16:1-8
- As Jesus announced that He must die (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34), He also announced that He must be raised. Resurrection was always a part of the picture. In fact, without resurrection, there is no gospel; without the resurrection, there is no hope. What we see in the New Testament is an absolute confidence born out of belief in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It’s as if, “If God can raise Jesus from the dead, He can do anything,” was a mantra.
- We, too, can live in confidence when we are committed to belief in the resurrection. It really is true that “if God can raise Jesus from the dead, there is nothing He can’t do.” And since He did raise Jesus, we live in hope and confidence. God is on our side. He wants what is best for us. He has already met our deepest need. We may not see the light at the end of the tunnel (yet), but we can see everything more clearly in the light of His resurrection. The resurrection provides that evidence that nothing is beyond God;s ability to fix.
- Jesus exemplifies the depths of trust when He goes to the cross. Once Jesus is dead, He cannot change His mind. There is no turning back at that point. There’s no Biblical statements that suggest Jesus raised himself. And there is no possible way he merely swooned on the cross; He really did die. Then, God raised Him, and it was all over for Satan. In the resurrection, all hope is one, all victory is purchased, all people are given an escape. And, as Jesus submitted to God as King, so do we. We imitate His actions and we say in our heart of hearts, “Because of resurrection, I choose to surrender.”
- Read 1 Corinthians 15. Mark the various places resurrection is mentioned.
- How does knowing God raised Jesus from the dead impact your faith and confidence?
- Why do you think Jesus was sure to include resurrection in His predictions of death?
PRAY: Thank God for raising Jesus from the dead. Pray that you be raised from spiritual death through Jesus. Ask God to receive your worship and be pleased by it.