The Resurrection of Christ

The atonement, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is unparalleled in the history of the world. With the scriptures to help our understanding, we can see the reason behind this magnificent event. By saying “magnificent,” it gives a feeling of joy, but the reality is very different; it is a feeling of gratitude, of thankfulness for His sacrifice for me. He made an atonement for me and every soul upon the earth and I could never repay this debt. Jesus death was a barbaric, painful, inhumane act, which is hard to describe or imagine. By contrast, His resurrection was and event of great opulence and splendour.

In the times of Jesus, the Jewish nation was a country under Roman occupation. It is hard to understand how the Jewish nation could have committed one of their own people to death at the hands of their oppressors. Jesus had committed no crime, had broken no laws and had done no wrong. Yet for the envy of man, they condemned Him to death as predicted by the Father and Jesus Himself. “For he knew that for envy they had delivered him” [Matthew 27:18].

God the Father through Isaiah, predicted the death of Jesus Christ, His Son, when he gave these words in chapter 53. – “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” [Isaiah 53:4-5].

Near the end of His ministry on earth, Jesus knew He was going to die soon, He made preparations for the disciples and us today. Jesus was  anointed, not by a priest, but by a woman and by the action of this anointing she will always be remembered [Matthew 26:13]. Jesus wanted to share His last Passover with His disciples, so He had them prepare a meal or supper. Jesus knew Judas Iscariot would betray Him, He told the disciples this would happen [Matthew 26:24-25]. During this meal Jesus then gave them and us today, a very special ordinance, a symbol of His own body and blood, a commandment to always remember Him. Many call this by different names, it could be; communion, sacrament or some other name; I will call this an ordnance, so not to offend any person. Regardless of the name it is request that we should do this, for this is, as given by Jesus Christ and is the New Testament by the shedding of blood. Every Christian Church,  regardless of name, if they are Christian, should make this ordnance available to every soul that wishes to partake this. Regardless of who a person is, where they are from, whether they are a sinner or not or belong to that church or not. Nobody should be denied this blessing and no person should be stopped from taking this, it was given to all. If any one person stops another from taking this, they are judging that person and they are committing a sin.

Although the gospel writers give slight variations in their epistles the underlining principles of the ordnance that Jesus Christ gave us remains unchanged;

I’m Matthew we read; “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. [27] And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; [28] For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.[29] But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” [Matthew 26:26-29]. Notice in Matthew’s Gospel Jesus says “for the remission of sin” we do this for the remission of sin, meaning for remittance, forgiveness or pardon of sin. Although the principle of bread and wine is the same in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus says similar in Mark’s gospel; “This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.” In Luke Gospel we read also “This do in remembrance of me” [Luke 22:19].

The reason for doing this ordnance does not change in these three gospel writers. We should all partake of this ordnance often in faith, it is without doubt a sacred and special ordnances given to us by Jesus Christ for us all today; for the remission of sin, it is the New Testament and in remembrance of the atonement Jesus Christ made for us all and that means every person without question.

After the Passover feast Jesus leave this place with the disciples and enters into the Garden of Gethsemane, saying to His disciples sit while I go and pray. Jesus then gives a great intercessory prayer [see John 17]. It is after this prayer that He is betrayed and arrested and taken to Annas, then Caiaphas and of to the Roman governor Pilate where He is mocked scourged and crucified. We can not imagine the pain of the whip and the nails driven through our hands and feet.

I always feel one of the greatest testimony ever given was from the Roman solider who stood by Jesus while He was on the cross. In Matthew the solider said; it reads “Truly this was the Son of God.” [Matthew 27:54] – In Mark it reads “Truly this man was the Son of God“. [Mark 15:39]. – In Luke it reads “Certainly this was a righteous man.” [Luke 23:47]. This solider of Rome bears record of who Jesus was, the Christ the Son of God.

We learn many things from the resurrection of Jesus Christ; the most important thing we have learn is that we can all be resurrected from the dead, and death is not the end, but a return to the Father and a beginning. We now know of angels in the sepulchre and we know there is a God in Heaven, and a life after death, because of the things which Jesus told us, talking to Mary, Jesus said unto her; “Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. [17] Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father: and to my God, and your God.” [John 20:16-17].

Later Jesus appeared unto the disciples all four gospel writers tell us of the appearance; In John we read; “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost; [23] Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retained are retained.” [John 20:21-22].

In Matthew Jesus says; “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” [Matthew 28:19].

I am a disciple and I teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, because I believe. I know God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ live, may you search the spirit of your souls and by the Holy Ghost know this also. Stephen