Not only was Jesus Christ born into this world by the virgin birth in the flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit and died on the cross for the remission of our sins. He also arose from the dead as promised. Jesus mentions this on a couple different occasions that are actually written in the Gospel according to: Matthew; Mark; Luke; and John. In fact, Jesus never mentions His death and resurrection until one of the major events took place. And that is, Peter’s revelation and confession that ‘Jesus is the Son of God;’ found in: Mathew 16:13-20.
After that, Jesus mentions His death and resurrection to His disciples for the first time in that same chapter of: Matthew 16:21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
The second major event in Jesus’ three year ministry, where Jesus was on the Mount of Transfiguration, where afterwards, His ministry had changed dramatically. From this time on towards His crucifixion, Jesus taught boldly His whole purpose on earth, the things to come, and who He is (John 5-17). So at this time, Jesus reminded His disciples about His death and resurrection the second time in: Luke 9:21&22 And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
So how did the resurrection happen? The answer is found at the end of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to: Matthew; Mark, Luke and John. And ends in the ascension of Christ in the Book of Acts 1. I will piece it all together in chronological order of events. Jesus Christ died on the cross, was placed in a rich mans tomb, temporarily. And then…
Matthew 27:62-66 On the next day (Saturday), which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.”
Now the Roman guards were important in those days. They were used to patrol, obviously to guard, to secure, to police and was also used to witness. If they bore false witness, or failed to do the job they were assigned to do and was found guilty, they were quickly put to death. They were also put to death if they fell asleep on their watch as they stood guard. Remember this fact, for this bit of information will play out from Jesus Christ’s resurrection on through the Book of Acts
Jesus Christ Is Risen
Matthew 28:1-10 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
Luke 24:9-12 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.
John 20:2-22 and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put Him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.
They still did not understand from Scriptures that Jesus had to rise from the dead)
The Soldiers Are Bribed
Matthew 28:11-15 Now while they were going (they meaning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary and the third witness of the empty tomb, was going to tell the other disciples; this event takes place), behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.”
Jesus Appears to Two Disciples
Mark 16:12 After that, He (meaning Jesus, the risen Lord) appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country.
Luke 24:13-49 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.
But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
The Disciples’ Eyes Opened
Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence.
The Scriptures Opened
Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them,
“Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.
Mark 16:15-18 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
John 20:21&22 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
John 20:24-30 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.
“A week later His disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and My God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
John 21:1-25 Afterward Jesus appeared again to His disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.
When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
Jesus Reinstates Peter
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Feed My lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love Me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Take care of My sheep.”
The third time He said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Feed My sheep. I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then He said to him, “Follow me!” Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) (that is John.)
When Peter saw Him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow Me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
The Great Commission
Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Jesus Ascends Into Heaven
Acts 1:1-11 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day He was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen. After His suffering, He showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while He was eating with them, He gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are You at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.”
Not only that, but He also appeared to Saul, who became the Apostle Paul. He appeared to Ananias, who was the human vessel, the human link to Saul’s healing and conversion. Found in: Acts 9:1-30 And we see Him also mentioned, being alive in the Book of Revelation as Judge, Ruler and King. Who was; is and is to come. Jesus even warns us that He is coming soon found in:
Verse 7 Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.
Verse 12: Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
Verse 20: He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Jesus Christ Is The Resurrection And The Life
John 11:25 I Am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?
Nobody in recorded history has ever proclaimed, nor has ever conceived the thought of proclaiming this. Because it would be untrue. The Lord Jesus is the resurrection and the life. As you read on in this chapter, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. And there are many witnesses to this fact.
But a lot of people do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact two of the biggest stumbling blocks between Jesus Christ and man, which is the core foundational truths of our faith is:
1). Jesus was born into this world by the virgin birth, conceived by the Holy Spirit
2). His resurrection
If anyone rejects these two foundational truths, your salvation is incomplete. Then what do you really have? A man who was crucified. But the Apostles have witnessed the truth of Jesus Christ’s Birth, life, death and resurrection in details that cannot be denied. And the Holy Bible testifies the truth and you can rest your soul in what The Holy Bible says is indeed fact. And further more, dealing with the infallible truth of the saving Gospel message of Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 2:11-15 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, (the Holy Spirit of God) expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The infallible proofs is, Jesus, Christ The Son of God died for all mankind, for the remission of our sins. To destroy the works of the devil; and to reconcile man back to God. Meaning to restore a relationship with God and man through Jesus’ blood.
He was also put into a rich mans tomb, and the address of that tomb is even mentioned in detail in the Holy Bible. And that same tomb, which many hundreds of people from all around the world come to line up for blocks, waiting for hours to see an empty tomb in Jerusalem where all this took place. No one has ever found the remains of Jesus Christ and no body ever will. For He is not dead, but alive, and can be found at the right hand of God Most High, His Father.
Stephen was one that witnessed and testified that fact, before he took his last breath, while being stoned to death by a mob of the teachers of the law, for simply preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and showing Christ’s love to all. This can be found in the Book of Acts 6:1-7:60.
And you can find out this simple truth of the Lord. How?
1). By acknowledgement, believing, repentance, and following Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. And one day, maybe sooner than you think, you will see Jesus, The Son of God standing at the right hand of God the Father, welcoming you into His kingdom; forever.
2). Or by your deliberate rejection of Him. And when you die, you will see Him at the right hand of God, judging you to eternal damnation. Either way, you will see Him. And by this point it will be too late to repent and to change your mind. All the opportunities you might have had, all through your whole entire life to meet God. To receive Jesus Christ Jesus into your heart will flash before your eyes in a moment.
Your eternal destination is based upon your own decisions in the now, Heaven or Hell
If the body of the Lord Jesus was found. the Jews would be the first and proud to announce to the whole entire world, that the Gospel message is a farce. ‘That the promised Messiah had not yet come, and everything that Jesus taught is a lie, and all Christians are liars.’
They would celebrate that kind of announcement. In fact, they would probably invent a sacred festival in honor of such an announcement. Remember, many Jews in the day of Jesus Christ’s life had rejected the fact that He is the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Son of God. They rejected God’s only begotten Son and still today. They would not cover up such a finding as that. And needless to mention, Archeology is very rampant in Israel right, even in Jerusalem. Would you then think, that they would have discovered the remains of the Lord Jesus Christ by now, if the resurrection of Him was not fact???? Think about that! The final conclusion is, Jesus Christ is our only hope—> “There is Hope”