29 THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS-The promise God gave in Genesis 3:15 that the seed of woman would eventually crush Satan was fulfilled in Christ's Resurrection, His supreme victory of His defeat over death and soon to ultimately fulfil Satan's doom to come. Jesus was born of a woman, rose from the dead, and although suffering a temporary injury bruising him, Satan received a blow that was fatal. Because of Jesusí sinlessness, His body could not see corruption.
After the Burial of Jesus, on the first day of the week, Sunday, there had been no expectation that there would be no body, and the women were shocked when they found the stone had been rolled away from Jesus' burial chamber. An angel spoke saying not to be afraid and that Jesus' body was no longer there and to go quickly and tell the other disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead and was now alive.
The stone was not rolled away to let Jesus out, as His spiritual body did not need doors to enter in and out, the empty tomb was to communicate to His followers the fact that He has risen from the dead, defeating and destroying the works of the devil.
Mary Magdalene had rushed to the disciples, Simon Peter and John and told them that the tomb where they laid Jesus was empty. They did not believe her but at her continual urging the two men went to the burial place and found it empty, but they could not understand what had happened to Jesus' body. They entered into the chamber to distinguish what happened. They were shocked and surprised at what they saw. The strips of linen were empty of a body but the folds were still in place where the body had been, untouched by human hands.
The empty tomb was checked out by Religious Officials; it could not have gone unchecked in Jerusalem, where it had happened, for the disciples were starting to tell each other. If the tomb had not been empty, the body could have easily been supplied to satisfy others. There have never been reports of controversy that the tomb had not been empty. The vacancy of the tomb had not been denied by any party affiliated with the situation, it was itself its own witness. Though the empty tomb did not convince the disciples that Jesus was alive, they were very frustrated and still afraid of the authorities around about them and continued to stay behind locked doors. They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.
The Resurrection of Jesus took place 3 nights and 3 days after His death and burial. God, as promised, raised Him from the dead by The Power of The Holy Spirit. Because Christ was sinless, death had no hold over Him. Being sinless, His resurrection happened because of who He was. He had said, only He could lay down His life and take it up again.
Jesus, The Messiah totally trusted God, The Father, with His spirit, soul and body to be given back to Him after He volunteered to surrender Himself completely for The Father's plans and purposes. Christ would live forever Isaiah foretold, as he spoke of The Messiah's resurrection.
Jesus, Himself said the sign He would give to the unbelieving Jewish people, would be the sign of Jonah, and that His Body, the temple or the tent that housed His spirit and soul, He would raise up in three days.
The Bible, God's Word declares Jesus' physical Death and Resurrection were not an accident, it was a completion. Christ died for the sin of mankind, and He was raised for their Justification.
The Resurrection of Jesus
Christ after His Death is one of the basic principles of Christianity,
and there are many Divine reasons for His Life, Death, Resurrection and
Ascension, which transcended natural laws.
After His Resurrection from
the dead and His Ascension to return to His heavenly existence, The
Father honored Him above all other powers and authorities that exist.
He has a Kingdom that will never be destroyed. The exaltation was of
Christ's human nature, in union with the Divine.
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