The fact that Jesus was born, walked the earth, and died is not in much dispute. The method of his death on the cross is also widely accepted. Even Islam sees Jesus as a great prophet. But for many, believing that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah, is somewhere they are unwilling to go. Good man, great teachings, did a few amazing miracles even – but God’s Son, in the flesh?
Without the resurrection, maybe Jesus is just these things. But for the Christian, the empty tomb is the ‘proves it’ moment. Because Jesus conquered death and rose to eternal life, the resurrection is our sign that Jesus was indeed God’s Son. Many in the Bible spoke to and for God. Many in the Bible performed miraculous signs. A few were even raised from the dead (although just back to an earthly life). But Jesus, our Lord and Savior, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God.
Shortly after His death, Jesus appears to several people. He comforts his closest followers and friends with the fact that he has conquered death, that the grave could not hold him. What he said about rising again was true! It was important for the disciples and others to see Jesus, so that as they write the Gospels and went on to spread and grow the early church, they went forth with an unshakable belief. As Christians, we believe the witness given by Mary, by the disciples, and by others. As the Bible unfolds past the Gospels, we see the Spirit of Jesus living on, continuing to change and shape lives. As is living examples today, we too experience the presence of Jesus’ Holy Spirit working in our lives and in our worlds. Indeed – Jesus is alive!!