|The Resurrected Christ|
A long, long time ago, Job asked the question, "If a man die, shall he
live again?" (Job 14:14).|
David was not clear about a resurrection though he believed there was life in a conscious state after death. When David's child died he said, "But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return unto me" (II Samuel 12:23).
Ezekiel had possibly a better insight about the resurrection than David. God took Ezekiel to a valley of very dry bones and said unto him, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And he answered, "O Lord God thou knowest" (Ezekiel 37:3). Ezekiel was commanded to prophesy to the valley of dry bones. He did. And God brought bone to bone and placed upon them flesh, sinews and skin. God breathed into them and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army (Ezekiel 37:4-10). This was a prophecy of what was yet to come.
Jesus was crucified, died and was buried. In His death He cried, "It is finished." His body slumped. His head fell upon His bosom. His blood dripped out. A Roman spear with a sharp steel point was pierced through his heart. From the wound gushed forth blood and water. They took his lifeless body down from the cross and placed him in a tomb. He was dead. The Jews knew He was dead. The Romans knew He was dead. Joseph of Arimathaea knew He was dead. Pilate knew He was dead. The soldiers knew He was dead. The women knew He was dead. The disciples knew He was dead. Nicodemus knew He was dead. They all knew He was dead.
But He had said, "Destroy this temple and within three days, I will raise it up" (John 2:19). He was speaking of His body and His resurrection from the dead. Very early on the first day of the week an angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone. The guards quaked with fear. Women came, but were told by the angel, saying, "He is not here, He is risen."
ASSIGNMENT: Matthew 28:1-20; John 20:19-29; 21:1-24; Luke 24:13-35; 24:44-53; I Corinthians 15.
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