The unique resurrection of Jesus (2)
Yesterday we started looking are reasons why Jesus’ resurrection was unique. Here are some more: 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 not made a priest by human rules and laws but through the power of his life, which continues forever’ (Hebrews 7:16 NCV). Jesus Himself said: ‘I was dead…I am alive for ever’ (Revelation 1:18 NIV). 2) He alone ascended into heaven to represent us before God. Other priests died and stopped serving. But Jesus was ‘declared…a priest forever’ (Hebrews 7:17 NIV). And He’s not sitting around waiting for 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). That means no accusation that’s made against us can stand. ‘Who can say God’s people are guilty? No one, because Christ Jesus died…and now he is on God’s right side, appealing to God for us’ (Romans 8:34 NCV). 3) He has the power to resurrect us when we die. Jesus comforted His disciples with this amazing 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). And that promise applies to us 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). Today, let’s celebrate the resurrection, and look forward to that day we’re with Him forever.
Put up all the things you took down yesterday, and celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive and part of your life right now.
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