Easter Bible Verses that help me to Understand the Resurrection
The Christian world celebrates Easter as the anniversary of the atonement, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we commemorate these seminal events I would like to share some of the scriptures that have changed my life and given me hope and strength during difficult times in my life.
Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Each spring the Christian world celebrates Easter as the anniversary of the atonement, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we commemorate these seminal events of all of human history I would like to share some of the scriptures that have changed my life and given me hope and strength during difficult times in my life.
Within the past two years my mother, father in law and a dear friend have passed from this life to the next. Regardless of your faith, death is difficult as we mourn the passing of those that we hold dear. Just as Mary and the disciple’s mourned the Lord’s passing, “But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping…1” we weep at the passing of friends and family.
Their grief was due in a large part to the fact that they did not understand the doctrine of the resurrection. After the Savior was transfigured before the disciples He told them to not reveal the circumstances of the event until after He had “risen from the dead2.” The fact that they were confused at the teaching is evidence by the statement, “And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the arising from the dead should mean3.” Even as Christ rose from the grave they still struggled to grasp the magnitude of what had occurred. “For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must arise again from the dead4.”
However, once they understood the great miracle that had occurred their weeping was turned to joy and peace as the Savior affirmed to His followers that He had risen from the grave. As Jesus walked with the disciples on the road to Emmaus “…he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?5” John the beloved recorded that “…came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you6.”
As we reflect on the sadness of the death of our loved ones we should expectantly look forward to reuniting with them through the miracle of the resurrection. The Apostle Paul testified to the Corinthians that Jesus Christ as “…the firstfruits of them that slept… 7” was first of all of God’s creations to enjoy the blessings of the resurrection. Mathew affirmed that not only Jesus Christ but many others were resurrected after the Lord had risen. “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection…8”
The day will come when we will all have the opportunity to stand with our loved ones just as the disciples stood with, conversed and ate with the risen Lord on the first Easter session (see Luke 24:36-45 KJV). Nothing can completely temper the sadness that we naturally feel with the passing of a loved one. My faith that Christ rose from the dead and that we will all be resurrected "As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive9" has nonetheless given me the strength to move forward with the hope that I will enjoy the companionship of those that I love again.
1. John 20:11 KJV
2. Mark 9:9 KJV
3. Mark 9:10 KJV
4. John 20:9 KJV
5. Luke 24:17 KJV
6. John 20:19 KJV
7. 1 Cor. 15:20 KJV
8. Mathew 27: 52-53 KJV
9. 1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV