Today's Word for Today

Easter Sunday–21 April

‘Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life.’ John 11:25 KJV

The unique resurrection of Jesus (2)

Why is Christ’s resurrection unique? 1) He’s the only one who didn’t die again. In Scripture all others who rose from the dead, died again. Jesus was the glorious exception. Consequently, ‘He was made a priest…through the power of a life which has no end’ (Hebrews 7:16 GNT). His testimony stands: ‘I was dead…I am alive for ever’ (Revelation 1:18 NIV 2011 Edition). 2) He alone ascended into heaven to represent us before God. Other priests died and ceased to serve. But Jesus was ‘declared…a priest forever’ (Hebrews 7:17 NIV 2011 Edition). And He’s not sitting around awaiting the second coming; He’s representing us before God. ‘He entered heaven itself…to appear for us in God’s presence’ (Hebrews 9:24 NIV 2011 Edition). That means no accusation against us can stand. ‘Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died…is at the right hand of God…interceding for us’ (Romans 8:34 NIV 1984 Edition). 3) He has the power to resurrect you when you die. Jesus comforted His disciples with this awesome promise: ‘Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live’ (John 14:19 NIV 2011 Edition). And that promise applies to you too! ‘For the Lord himself will come down from heaven…the dead in Christ will rise first…we who are still alive…will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever’ (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NIV 2011 Edition). What a day that will be!