Have other people been raised from the dead before Jesus? Absolutely, YES!
1 Kings 17- Elijah raised the son of the widow from Zarephath from the dead
2 Kings 4- Elisha raised the son of the Shunammite woman from the dead
2 Kings 13- A soldier was raised from the dead when his body landed on Elisha’s bones
Luke 7- Jesus raised the son of the widow of Nain from the dead
Luke 8- Jesus raised the daughter of Jairus from the dead
John 11- Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (1)
What is the difference between these resurrections and Jesus’ resurrection?
First of all, these people were resurrected into the same human body they had before, which would die again. Jesus was raised from the dead with a glorified body, without blood, that will live for eternity.
Second, it proves that God is greater than death and Satan.
Romans 6:9 NLT, “We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.”
Third, it proves that God’s power exudes life and not destruction.
John 1:4 NLT, “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.”
Fourth, it proves that we are more than just a physical body.
John 3:6 NLT, “Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.”
Paul wrote to the Philippians 3:10, “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.”
Knowing Jesus is the prerequisite to accessing resurrection power. Knowing Jesus means to understand His character, study His Words, be conscious of His presence, listen to and display His wisdom, and to follow His example. Spending time with Jesus, conversing with Him all through your day, and walking out His will is ‘knowing’ Him. Resurrection power comes by relationship with Him because everything Jesus touches is impacted by His light and power.
What is the evidence of resurrection power?
It illuminates spiritual understanding.
It regenerates a dead spirit into a new spirit filled with God.
It removes sin.
It breaks the curse of sin.
It heals broken hearts.
It heals emotional wounds.
It heals sick bodies.
It delivers from demons.
It delivers from addictions.
It preserves from dangerous situations.
It produces boldness in sharing the Gospel with others.
It gives favor with others.
It empowers to prosper.
It raises a dead body back to life.
It will give us a resurrected body to live with God forever.
Thank God! Do you want to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection? He is as near as your next breath (Salvation).
To our readers, we here at Founded pray over ourselves and you Philippians 3:10, "May we know Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One, and experience in our lives this mighty resurrection power that raised Him from the dead. To God be the glory, forever and ever! In Jesus Name, Amen."
We will be taking a spring break but will return Monday, April 9th. Until then, we wish you a beautiful and blessed Resurrection Sunday.