What happened after Jesus died?

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself…They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:27 & 32

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. Acts 1:8-9

This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. Acts 2:23-24

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 1 Corinthians 15:3-9

After three days, Jesus rose bodily from the dead, leaving an empty tomb behind him.

What does the resurrection of Jesus mean? We know that his crucifixion paid for our sins, but what about his resurrection? What does it accomplish, and why does it matter?

Is Jesus’ resurrection just dramatic proof that Jesus is God—that he is who he said he is? Or is it just what had to happen for Jesus to go to heaven after he died? 

There’s some misunderstanding about the resurrection because there’s some misunderstanding about the crucifixion. After all, what did the crucifixion actually accomplish? 

James 1:15 tells us that idolatry—that is, putting things before God—leads to sin, and sin leads to death. So, if Jesus’ crucifixion dealt with sin, and if sin leads to death, then it makes sense that Jesus’ crucifixion signaled a victory over death. But how?

It works like this: if the power of death resides with sin, and if sin has been defeated, then death has had its power stripped away.

This is why death cannot hold Jesus. This is why the tomb couldn’t contain him. Because he’d conquered sin and thus conquered death. That’s what the resurrection means. It’s evidence that the cross worked! God raising Jesus from the dead shows that sin and death have been defeated once and for all.

And that defeat of death doesn’t just apply to Jesus, it’s true for all those who put their trust in Jesus! One day, when Jesus returns, death will be swallowed up altogether, and Christians will live with Jesus forever.

Spend some time today and thank God for raising Jesus from the dead.

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