Updated: May 20, 2019
He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Matthew 26:6 ESV
The Resurrection is a defining point in history for many reasons but let’s look at how it reveals the deity of Christ.
This Easter, be confident that Jesus is who he said he was.
“ If Christ had not died, taken on the sin of the world and then be resurrected back to life; He would have been just another so-called prophet.”
In Matthew 20:17-19, Jesus tells His disciples “the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” (ESV) He foretold that He would be resurrected. He knew the future because He is God. That is what’s different about the Christian Bible compared to others. Fulfilled prophecy. If Christ had not died, taken on the sin of the world and then be resurrected back to life; He would have been just another so-called prophet. He would have been another someone drawing attention to Himself. Instead, he did not glorify Himself as man, but glorified God, the Father. He was willing to go through all of the horrific pain of the crucifixion most importantly to take on our sin but also to show us He is who He said He is. Fulfilled prophecy is one of the distinctions of God’s written word. No other piece of literature has ever been able to successfully predict the amount of things predicted in the OT. Some scholars believe that there are over 300 prophecies concerning Jesus Christ. You may have heard about the research done by Professor Peter Stoner. He took the prophecies about Christ and looked at the statistical probability of only eight of them becoming true. The probability is 1in 1017 or 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. That’s one in one hundred quadrillion! So this Resurrection Day, rest assured knowing that your sins were forgiven and that God is real!