Jesus: The Power of the Resurrection

Jesus was, is, and always will be the Son of God. While he was walking on this earth, in a fleshly body, he had all power. The great book of John tells us this in John 13:3 which reads, “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God.” Everything was under his authority in Matthew 28:18, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”” Jesus could do anything  he wanted. He could have turned the stone into bread when he was fasting in the desert for 40 days but he didn’t. He proved this many times through out his life. In Mark 4:35-41 Jesus calmed a raging storm on the ocean and amazed many. He withered a fig tree in Matthew 21:18-22. If you were to go out and look at a plant and say “may you never bear fruit again” just like Christ did, it probably won’t wither. That is how much power and authority our Savior has. But I believe the greatest example of power, is the Resurrection of Christ. Why? Lets look  at the account starting at the burial to examine it closer.  

 

THE BURIAL OF CHRIST

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

 

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST

 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Jesus was killed on the cross, buried, and rose. He was dead when they wrapped his body up in cloth and put him in a tomb. Then they rolled a huge stone in front of it. After they did that, they sealed the stone even better, which some say was a string or other rocks in front of it. Whatever it was they wanted to make sure it was sealed tight so nothing can escape. They even posted guards around it, all day and all night. Now after three days Jesus rose, rose from the dead. How? He had all power to do so. Then an angel came down from heaven, there was a violent earthquake and an angel of the Lord came down and rolled back the stone and sat on it. Proving that the tomb was empty. Somehow, someway Jesus broke through the tomb and past the guards and rose from the dead. Rising from the dead should be enough to prove to us that he has all authority. But how about the fact that he somehow broke through a sealed tomb. To me, that’s pretty miraculous. It just goes to show that no man, not even the devil, can withstand the power of God. And we should stand with the one who can’t be defeated.

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