The Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is our BRIDGE from this World to Heaven.

This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.

Acts 2:32 RSV

The New Testament accounts of the resurrection all agree:

(1) That the tomb was empty.

(2) That the resurrection occurred the third day.

Regarding the empty tomb:

  • Paul’s tradition implies it.
  • So does the apostolic preaching in Acts.
  • The four evangelists declare it.
  • The silence of the Jews confirms it.
  • In trying to fathom the mystery of the first Easter Day, we should think of something essentially other-worldly, a piece of heavenly reality, invading this world of time and sense and manifesting itself.
  • We are concerned with an unmistakably divine event which yet occurred in this world of ours, on an April day in A.D. 30 while Pontius Pilate was Roman governor of Judea.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die. Believest thou this?

John 11:25‭-‬26 ASV


In this lies the full explanation of Jesus’ words, “If a man keep my word, he shall never see death” (John 8:51).

Such statements of Jesus never were intended to deny the necessity of physical death.

This is one of the most beloved passages in all of the sacred Scriptures.

This is the opening sentence in the litany for the dead in the Book of Common Prayer; and its healing, comforting message has echoed over millions of graves, and as bodies were buried at sea, or wherever the bereaved have turned in sorrow from the unanswering faces of their beloved dead.

This statement of Christ is the great inheritance of the human family.

  • Jesus’ words here contrast a belief in a doctrine with a belief in himself.

Martha found little comfort in the thought of a resurrection at the last day; but Jesus said, “I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE.”

Without disparaging Christian doctrine in any sense, we may say that it is faith in a Person, even in Jesus, that makes all the difference.

  • This means Jesus is God in human form, a truth he promptly proved by raising Lazarus.

Jesus had claimed Godhood as Light of the world, the Good Shepherd, the giver of eternal life, the door of the sheep, as existing before Abraham was born, and in numerous other ways. Here he appeared as Resurrection come in the flesh.

  • This means far more than an assertion of Jesus’ power to raise Lazarus, extending to all the dead who ever lived (John 5:24-29).

The “Come forth,” shortly to be sounded over Lazarus’ grave, is the same cry that shall awaken all the dead on earth.

  • In this appears what is meant by “shall not see death.”

The Christian will of course pay the last debt to nature; but, because of that saving link with Christ, the physical death he must one day experience loses all reality!

Every year during the Easter season, the newspapers carry stories of miracles, visitations, and phenomena alleged to be miraculous.

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Luke 21:25‭-‬28 RSV

There are images bleeding, bloody robes with the image of Christ, etc.

Admittedly, we have not seen any fire come down from heaven yet.

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

Mark 16:19 RSV

Or infinitely better, the return of our Savior, coming down from the clouds, from whence He once Ascended, but, who knows, we might get that this year, or next Easter!

Men still claim the power to perform miracles, but their message is not in harmony with God’s word, and therefore we can be certain that God is not the source of their power.

In this connection, such alleged miracles as “changing the bread and wine of the communion into the literal body and blood of Christ.

The Lord has not abolished physical death, but its significance, having made it a beginning instead of an end.

HE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED WILL BE SAVED; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

Mark 16:16‭, ‬19 RSV

When we gather with the saints this Easter Sunday, as we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we must thank our Heavenly Father for the ultimate gift of His ONLY Son, the BLOOD that our Savior shed (the fruit of the vine), Christ’s broken BODY (the unleavened bread), and Death, as He was nailed the Cross, and His miraculous RESURRECTION, three days later.

As we remember, we must also look forward to His glorious return!


John 14:6 ASV

A voice came out of the cloud, saying,


Luke 9:35 RSV

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