Friday, January 07, 2011
"This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead." John 21:14
This is one of my favorite truths about Jesus. John gives us such a glorious story here. And the main thing, above all the other wonderful truths within this passage, is that Jesus died, and was dead for three days, and He was raised back to life in His body He had when He died. This truth is where our faith stands. Of course we need to understand what His resurrection means, and what his death means, but first we need to genuinely believe, with all our heart and mind, that Jesus rose from three days being dead in a tomb.
JC Ryle says: "The resurrection of Christ is the grand proof of Christ's divine mission. He told the Jews they need not believe He was the Messiah, if He did not rise again the third day. --The resurrection of Christ is the top-stone of the work of redemption. It proved that He finished the work He came to do, and, as our Substitute, had overcome the grave.--The resurrection of Christ is a miracle that no infidel can explain away. Men may carp and cavil at Balaam's ass, and Jonah in the whale's belly, if they please, but till they can prove that Christ did not rise again we need not be moved.--Above all, the resurrection of Christ is the pledge of our own. As the grave could not detain the Head, so it shall not detain the members. Well may we say with Peter, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Peter i. 3.)