Matthew 28:5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.
Daniel 12:2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Daniel was written in 6th century B.C. by the prophet Daniel exiled in Babylon. The book contrasts earthly kingdoms in Daniel’s day with God’s everlasting Kingdom. In 12:2, God’s kingdom includes a promise of resurrection and eternal rest for the faithful and judgement for the faithless. This Old Testament text was written over six centuries before Christ came and undergirds the New Testament teaching of the resurrection of the dead. Jesus fulfills the resurrection promise of God’s eternal kingdom. Jesus’s resurrection happened first, and his resurrection guarantees the resurrection of all of his people at his second coming. Christ is later described as “the first fruits” of the believer’s resurrection of the dead (1 Cor. 15:20–23). His resurrection body was the first installment of the future harvest (restored in body and spirit) of all who are united by faith to Christ.
Point to Ponder and for Prayer:
The whole story of the Bible leads to the resurrection of Christ and the future resurrection of his followers. The resurrection of believers is as sure are the fact Jesus was raised from the dead.
David E. Prince