The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus

When Jesus rose from death he completed the most heroic mission in the history of the world and the greatest comeback of all time. It opened the way to eternal life for anyone willing to believe in and follow Jesus.

We can have a new life now

Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection are steps all of his followers emulate in baptism and in the good life we begin after baptism. So we don’t just look forward to heaven one day in the future; we also begin living a new life right away, not perfect, but a life sin no longer controls. The old person we were remains buried in the waters of baptism, and the new person we have become rises to live a life devoted to honoring Jesus. We have a spiritual death and resurrection just as Jesus had a physical death and resurrection. The apostle Paul explains this in Romans chapter 6.

Romans 6:3-4

3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. NASU

We have hope for a resurrected life after physical death

Jesus promised that whoever believes in him will live even if they die (John 11:25). The resurrection of Jesus declares God’s power over death and gives us the assurance that God will make good on the promise Jesus made. He will transform our physical bodies that are so prone to break down into bodies that will last eternally. Paul explains that when Jesus returns the dead in Christ will be raised to life with imperishable bodies and at the same time Christians that are living will all be instantly transformed. We cannot understand the power of God, but we can trust his promise.

1 Corinthians 15:50-52

Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. NASU

Remember, the God who created the universe out of nothing can change sinful wretches into children of God who live forever with him.

The Bible teaches much more about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. What scriptures would you mention? Let me know in the comments.

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