Why Did Jesus Rise Again?

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After contemplating the unimaginable suffering of this perfect Man one would think that seeing as He suffered so much He would be 'more dead' than others who have died before or since that dark day in history when the Son of God crucified.

After having suffered to the point of death, there would be no chance of the idea of Him coming back, would there? But He said He would rise again after three days and He did!

But why? Why did Jesus rise again?

Surely His resurrection didn't just happen just because He said so!

"And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things
 and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed,
and after three days rise again."
Mark 8:31.

"The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men,
and be crucified, and the third day rise again."
Luke 24:7.

Of course what He says goes because He not only speaks the truth but IS the truth, and so in essence He did raise again just because He said so, but there is much more to it than that alone.

Perhaps we need to understand a couple of things before we can appreciate more fully the reason why Jesus rose again from the dead.

We need to understand who Jesus Christ was, and why He had to suffer the way He did.

Who was This Man?

There was no one who ever lived on earth before or after who was like Him. He was the only human being without a human father. And therefore the only One ever to be born via a virgin. This has never happened before and will never happen again. It doesn't need to because all it took was One perfect Man to fulfill the righteous claims of a holy God against sin.

Because His Father was God He was totally unable to sin, which is unlike everyone who has ever been born before or since. The Bible tells us that: 'we have been shaped in iniquity and in sin we were conceived.' (See Psalm 51:5.)

Sin is in our DNA, and we cannot get rid of it because this is simply who we are. We inherited the sin nature from the first man and woman, because they disobeyed a simple decree given by God not to eat of the fruit of one specific tree; 'the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.' Because of this the death sentence is hanging over all of us. And worse still, is the sad fact that 'our sin has separated us from the living God, and our sins have hid his face from us, that he will not hear.' (See Isaiah 59:2.)

But This Man, was the most incredible Man ever to have walked this earth. There was none so wonderful as He! He reached out with compassion to the poor and to the infirmed. He brought comfort to the broken hearted and to the socially outcast. Even though He was sinless, spotless, and pure He mingled with the worst of society without intimidating them or ever being defiled at the same time.

When the religious leaders criticised Him for doing so, He told them: "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Luke 5:32.

This is because He "came into the world to save sinners." I Timothy 1: 15. Something we simply cannot do for ourselves!

Why did He have to suffer?

Even though He was so wonderful, the One whom the Bible describes as 'Altogether Lovely',  He was put through the most horrible ordeal known to mankind - a mock trial, a severe beating with a scourge, being buffeted and bruised by brutal heartless men, and crowned with thorns which was  beaten into His blessed brow.

Other men would have buckled under the strain but not so with This Man. But if that wasn't enough, He then had to face a jeering crowd as He carried His cross upon which He would soon be impaled and hung up to suffer, bleed, and die. Crucifixion, the worst of deaths known to be inflicted on mankind. And then worst of all ... the separation from God! That separation that we deserve!

Did He have to suffer in this manner? According to the words of an old man called Simeon in the Lord's infancy, he indicated to His mother of sufferings that would come upon her Son which would 'pierce her soul', and "that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." Luke 2:35.

Like it or not, the way in which Jesus was treated was a reflection of what lies in the heart of mankind throughout all ages right unto this present day. That might sound barbaric but there around the cross that day would have been someone just like you and me, and the 'the thoughts of many were indeed revealed that day'!

However, the suffering of Christ prior to the cross and during those lonely tortuous hours when suspended for all to see, was all part of the price He knew was what it would take to purchase souls like you and me from being separated from God forever.

He had to suffer, and He knew it. He didn't waiver at the task set before Him but went to the cross willingly. He could have called for legions of angelic beings to come to His defence but He never did. Such was the love in His heart for helpless sinners like ourselves, He went to the cross to die as our Substitute.

But let us never forget, His death was not something that happened to Him, it was something He accomplished! He knew He was going to do this because it was planned long before the foundation of the world!

So now we understand in a very small measure who He was and why He suffered, perhaps we can begin to appreciate the answer to the question:

Why did Jesus rise again?

The Bible gives to us the best answer - simply put: 'He was loosed from the pains of death, because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.' Acts 2:24.

He was the only Man ever to have lived who never deserved to die ... but He did! He not only died but the Bible tells us that: 'He tasted death for every man'. (See Hebrews 2:9.)

And having done so and satisfied to the full every claim of God against our sin, He was risen from among the dead to live victoriously in the power of an endless life.

The resurrection of Christ proves that God is satisfied with what Jesus accomplished at Calvary.

But there is something else ... Before He went to the cross He made a promise, which everyone who is truly trusting in Him can claim:

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also."
John 14: 1-3

If Jesus had never risen from the dead on the third day, He would be unable to fulfill His promise. And if that were so, we would be without hope. In fact the Bible puts it this way:

"If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead ..."
1 Corinthians 15:17-20.

God requires us the repent or turn away from our sins and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to secure our destiny forever. Trusting in Him with all your heart is by far THE MOST IMPORTANT THING you could possibly do this side of eternity. The secret is, don't wait too long before you possibly find out you're too late.

It is truly the most wonderful thing to be intimately acquainted with a real Man in heaven and to know that although we cannot see Him right now, faithful is His promise that He will always be with us until that bright and blessed soon coming day when He will surely come for us, and we will be with Him ... at last!

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