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7:51 AM   [17 Jul 2019 | Wednesday]

Who Lifted Jesus from the Grave?


In the Gospel of John, we are told the story of Jesus going to the Temple in Jerusalem, and finding its courtyards filled with men selling cattle, sheep, and doves for the people to offer as sacrifices.  There were also moneychangers at tables exchanging the people’s money from Roman coins to Jewish shekels.

Jesus drove all the animals and money changers out of the Temple, whereupon the Jewish Pharisees asked Him to prove His authority to do such a thing.  Jesus’ response to them was:

“ . . . Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”   (John 2:19)

The Pharisees thought He was talking about raising up the Temple building in three days, but He was referring to His body as a temple, and raising it up three days after He was crucified.

What is very interesting here, is He said “I will raise it again in three days.”  The words “I will” are very important.  He said He, personally, would be the One to raise His body from the grave.

Jesus repeated this claim in John 10:18 when He was discussing laying down His life voluntarily and then coming back to life again.

No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

Once again, Jesus said He will lift Himself from the grave after He was crucified.

So, if Jesus lifted Himself from the grave, how do we understand what Paul says in Romans 6:4?

“. . . And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” (NLT, bold print added)

This verse states it was the power of God the Father which raised Jesus from the dead.  Below is another verse that says God the Father lifted Jesus from the tomb.

“. . . and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead.”  (Gal. 1:1, bold print added))

This verse from Galatians also clearly states that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead.

Now, let’s read two more Bible verses from the Book of Romans:

“and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Ro. 1:4 (NLT, bold print added)

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Ro. 811 (KJV, bold print added)

These two verses tell us that the Holy Spirit brought Jesus back from the dead after three days.

So, we have Bible verses declaring that Jesus raised Himself from the grave, God the Father lifted Him up from the dead, and also that the Holy Spirit brought Jesus back to life.  If Scripture doesn’t contradict Scripture, how are we to understand this?

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead after three days was accomplished by our Triune God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  All three Persons of the Trinity were responsible for Jesus’ miraculous victory over death.  When Jesus said “I will raise it up again in three days.” He demonstrated and declared that, while on Earth, He was fully aware that He was the Son of God, along with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.

 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” John 3:36 (ESV)

“ because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Ro. 10:9-10 (ESV)

Those people who believe in, trust, and obey Jesus Christ will someday go to Heaven where He is now.  Those who refuse to make Jesus the Lord of their lives will not go to Heaven.  It’s really not very complicated.




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