Assurance of the resurrection - Explore the Bible for April 1, 2018
Explore the Bible
April 1, 2017
John 20:3-9; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 (CSB)
In John 20:3-9 we read the incredible account of Peter and “the other disciple,” commonly believed to be John, running to the empty tomb of Christ.
John outran Peter and, without entering the tomb, he saw the linen burial cloths but no body. When Peter arrived he entered the tomb, also seeing the linen cloths. The wrapping that had been placed upon Christ’s head was not with the other cloths but had been folded separately.
The passage tells us that, while Peter and John did not yet fully understand the scriptural mandate that Christ must “rise from the dead,” they believed upon seeing the empty tomb.
Peter and John’s reaction is striking. They did not understand the Scripture that Christ would rise from the dead. But they knew when they saw the empty tomb that He had.
In 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, Paul wrote, “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.”
Paul went on to write, “For he must reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be abolished is death” (1 Cor. 15:25-26).
In 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, Paul explained what the reality of Christ’s resurrection means.
Death came into the world through a man – Adam – and the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man – Jesus. Yet, unlike Adam, who was only human, Jesus is fully human and fully God. Through His death, burial and resurrection, all those who believe will also be resurrected from death to life.
Paul wrote that a day will come when Christ will return for His people and when that day comes He will overcome all His adversaries, including death. What an amazing hope!
This is the promise of the gospel and what we remember as we celebrate the empty tomb on Easter Sunday.