The resurrection of Jesus Christ–the greatest event in human history–substantiated the claims and ministry of Jesus Christ. He predicted His resurrection and it came to pass (John 20).
But for Christians the resurrection of Jesus Christ is more than a historical event. The fact that Jesus rose from the dead after three days in the tomb means that we, too will one day be resurrected. I Corinthians 15:20 says, “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.” It is written in Revelation 20:4-5, “And they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years…this is the first resurrection.”
One day Christians will be raised from the dead. Their bodies will be in the likeness of Jesus’ resurrected body. These bodies will be immortal. In these bodies Christians shall dwell in God’s presence forever. Imagine that glorious resurrection day when faith shall be sight and our weak infirm bodies made perfect. Think of life without sickness and death. No more grief, disappointments or teary good-byes.
Joni Eareckson Tada, because of a swimming accident that left her a quadriplegic, has been bound to a wheel chair for 47 years. In Moody Magazine Joni recalled watching some old home movies of when she was 15. She was walking a horse, bending down to pick up something in the dirt and with her hands, held the reigns of the horse.
Later on, Ken, her husband, asked how she felt watching herself walk. Joni thought for a moment and answered, “You know, there was a time I would have sighed, ‘Aw, that’s the way it used to be. I wish I could go back to that.’ But now, 47 years later and almost as many years of sinking my heart and head into the Word of God, I can say, ‘Wow, this is the way it soon will be. Heaven is coming, and I can look forward to having a body that works. And I’ll do so much more than walk!’”
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a down payment that one-day their bodies shall be resurrected from the dead and never more to die.