“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.’ And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.” – Luke 24:1-9
Yesterday, we saw the importance of the crucifixion as it balanced the initial sin back to justice. Today, we turn to the immediate events after Jesus’ death: the resurrection. Since Jesus is divine, he did not remain dead. If the crucifixion demonstrates justice, what does the resurrection tell us? In short, it shows us two things: (1) victory over all evil and (2) hope for the future. 1 Corinthians 15 demonstrates to us both of these themes. This entire chapter is on the resurrection, not only Jesus’ resurrection but also what it means for us as believers. Paul states,
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)
In this passage, Paul quotes Isaiah 25, which we looked at earlier in this study (Day 15). In Isaiah 25:8, the prophet writes: “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.” The restoration to equality means the beginning of the restoration back to original creation. This is something that we talked about on Day 3. And, just like how it was at the beginning, there will be no death and no sin. The resurrection demonstrates to us the victory that signals the end. As Christians, death holds no reign over us, as we know that we will rise into the presence of our eternal God, which far exceeds any pleasure we might experience here on this earth. This leads us to talking about the hope for the future.
We should be confident in the coming victory of God over all evil. Isaiah states,
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. (Isaiah 65:17-18)
This is just like in Revelation where we read:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:1-2)
Additionally, we are being recreated individually:
…assuming that you have heard about him [Christ] and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:21-24)
This new creation is not like the old, though. Paul tells us that we are raised as imperishable and incorruptible in the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:42). Therefore, because of the resurrection, we can move through this life in confidence that the same God that created us and sustains us has died on behalf of us and his resurrection has conquered every evil and is indicative of the better things to come.