4/21/19 - Fulfilled Resurrection Prophecy

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fulness of joy; At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  

(Psalms 16:9-11)


        We often focus on the prophecies concerning Jesus’ betrayal, suffering, and death on the cross.  It is fascinating and faith-building to observe the fulfillment of these prophecies even to the most minute detail.  The psalmist David also prophesied concerning the resurrection of our Lord.  If all we knew about was the suffering and death of Christ, our hearts would be still be drawn to God because of His infinite love.  He loved us so much that He was willing to offer up His Son as a sacrifice for sin.  But it is in the resurrection that we see His infinite power to conquer sin and to give life – eternal life – to those who follow Him.


        It is beyond us to describe the great suffering of Jesus, but He went to the cross because of the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2).  He trusted in His Father to raise Him from the dead and to restore Him to glory (I Peter 1:21).  He went to His death in hope (confident assurance, not just wishful thinking) of His resurrection. 


        Jesus left this world and entered the realm of the departed spirits (Sheol/Hades).  His body lay in the borrowed tomb of Joseph of Arimathea for three days.  (Note: We call it a borrowed tomb because he wasn’t going to keep it!)  Before decay could set it, He rose from the dead in victory.


        The resurrection of Jesus shows us that God keeps His word and we should grow in the same kind of confidence that our Lord had.  Even if we suffer or die for the Lord, He will keep His promises to us, both now and forever.


        The resurrection of Jesus gives us hope (confident assurance) in God’s promise to raise us from the dead on the day of Christ’s coming.  All the dead will be raised (John 5:28,29).  Those who are in Christ, those who have obeyed the gospel of grace, will receive a crown of life.  Those who have rejected salvation in Christ will be condemned.


        The resurrection of Jesus assures us of the power of God to work in our lives right now.  God proved His power over our greatest enemies: the devil and death.  When we are tempted to sin, God is faithful to limit the devil and to provide a way of escape for us so that we may overcome it (I Corinthians 10:13).  If He could raise Jesus from the dead, He can provide all our needs, physical and spiritual.  If He could raise Jesus from the dead, He can give meaning to our lives, help in our trials, and hope for tomorrow, as we look for that great day of victory and resurrection to come.