Springtime is a time of new life! Yes, and we love it; do we not? That which seems to be dead, grass, trees, and various plants all somehow according to God’s own wisdom find life in the warm sunshine and spring rain. The rain and sunshine of previous years gives us hope that this year will be no different. From the deadness that winter has shed abroad on our world will, by the wisdom of God, come new life that replaces it!
The Bible has a term for life from the dead; it is called resurrection. Resurrection is specifically a dead body coming to life (1 Corinthians 15:12–58). This is not something that can be accomplished by human effort; it is simply not within mortal man to overcome mortality (Jeremiah 10:23; Hebrews 9:27). There is only one eternal God (Isaiah 45:5–6), and eternal life is given, to all nations, only by His command (Romans 16:26). Since resurrection from the dead is something that mortal man cannot accomplish on his own, it stands to reason, God would use it to declare that Jesus Christ is His One and only Son (Romans 1:4) and as proof that a day of sure and certain day of judgment is coming (Acts 17:31).
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is undeniably the greatest single act of all history to declare God’s power to keep His promises! For when God raised Him from the dead, He did not merely restore life to His body, but He raised Him to immortality, never to die again (Romans 6:9–10)! The power of God to raise mortal man to immortality is now revealed in the precious gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 1:10; Romans 1:16). May the eternal and true God grant us the faith we need, in His Son, to obey His gospel and share its message with a lost world, in terms they can understand!
Peace to You in our Resurrected Lord,
1 Cor 15:12 ff – But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. … 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
Heb 9:27-28 – Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
2 Tim 1:10 – but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.