Scripture presents conclusive evidence that Jesus the Messiah was in fact resurrected from the dead to an incorruptible body. The Old Testament prophets predicted it. Jesus constantly reminded His disciples it would happen.
And it did! Jesus is alive. Jesus IS!
What does that mean to us? We have encountered Jesus. Jesus has defeated death and is our Master. Jesus is Way to God, the truth and the life we need. Jesus IS.
Faith at work: Our mission at work is to attest to the resurrection of Jesus. The power of our changed lives makes a huge impression on our colleagues. We have many opportunities to at talk about our risen Master. Today would be a great day to start.
The detail: The Messiah’s resurrection is recorded in Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-53; and John 20:1–21:25. The resurrected Messiah also appeared in the Book of Acts (Acts 1:1-11). He went on to open their understanding of the Word of God, showing them how to read their Bibles this way. He said,
He told them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.” | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Luke 24:44–49). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
From these passages we can gain several “proofs” of Jesus’ resurrection. Also, consider the dramatic change in the disciples. They went from a group of men frightened and in hiding to strong, courageous witnesses sharing the good news [gospel] throughout the world.
What else could explain this dramatic change other than the risen Jesus appearing to them?
Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the good news [gospe]l I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand and by which you are being saved, if you hold to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that the Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers and sisters at one time; most of them are still alive, but some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one born at the wrong time, he also appeared to me. | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (1 Corinthians 15:1–8). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
On the cross, Jesus was exposed to the eyes of unbelievers; but after the Resurrection, He was seen by believers who could be witnesses of His resurrection. Peter saw Him and so did the disciples collectively. James was a half brother of the Lord who became a believer after the Lord appeared to him (John 7:5; Acts 1:14). The 500 plus brethren all saw Him at the same time, so it could not have been a hallucination or a deception. This event may have been just before His ascension.
But one of the greatest witnesses of the Resurrection was Paul himself, for as an unbeliever he was soundly convinced that Jesus was dead. The radical change in his life—a change which brought him persecution and suffering—is certainly evidence that the Master had indeed been raised from the dead. Paul made it clear that his salvation was purely an act of God’s grace; but that grace worked in and through him as he served the Master. “Born out of due time” probably refers to the future salvation of Israel when they, like Paul, see the Messiah in glory (Zech. 12:10–13:6; 1 Tim. 1:16).