As recounted in the New Testament, after the Romans executed him, Jesus was buried in a tomb, but God raised Him from the dead, after which he appeared to many people over a span of forty days before He ascended to Heaven.
We have read/heard of this in the Old Testament:
- The prophet Elijah prays and God raises a young boy from death (1 Kings 17:17-24)
- Elisha raises the son of the Woman of Shunem (2 Kings 4:32-37)
But, no person was praying for Jesus being raised from the dead! After witnessing His horrendous torture and death grief/sorrow assailed His followers!
Jesus is described as the “firstborn from the dead,” prōtotokos, the first to be raised from the dead, and thereby acquiring the “special status of the firstborn as the preeminent son and heir.” His resurrection is also the guarantee that all the Christian dead will be resurrected at Christ’s parousia.
What does Jesus rising from the dead mean? It means there is hope! All will die, but not all will experience the second death. This is because of Jesus and his atoning death for all who have trusted their lives to him. Paul writes that Jesus was raised from the dead to be the “first fruits” of the faithful. … And, one day, be made like Jesus in his resurrection.