Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Glorious Resurrection

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth;
26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God,
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19: 25-27)

Job's hope was in the glorious resurrection of His Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is my hope also. Jesus rose from the dead, having spent three days and three nights in the grave (in the same way that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish).

Paul says that Jesus' resurrection was according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15:4), and the Scriptures specifically state that Jesus was in the grave three days and three nights, not just three Jewish representative days:

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:38-40)

After those three days and three nights, Jesus' fully conquered death and robbed Hades of the righteous dead, taking their souls with Him to heaven. This sign, this glorious sign, is the guarantee that all who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ shall, in like manner to Jesus, be reunited with their bodies. At that time they shall stand with their Redeemer upon the earth, once again:

12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. (I Corinthians 15:12-28)

O what a glorious resurrection! This resurrection will ensure that all of God's enemies shall be destroyed, including the final enemy, death itself. This resurrection will ensure that all things are ultimately placed under the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ (every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father). This glorious resurrection will ultimately bring all the glory and majesty that is due to the Triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - Who always was, now is, and ever shall be: "all in all".

Even so, Lord Jesus, Amen!

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