Biblical Facts About the Resurrection of Jesus

July 8, 2017

Jesus’ resurrection is an essential part of the gospel.  If Jesus is not raised from the dead, then His death on the cross was not effective, and we have believed in a false Messiah.  However, the Scriptural testimony is very clear: Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day after His crucifixion and forty days later ascended to heaven.  Here are several biblical facts about Jesus resurrection:


  1. It was predicted by Jesus (Matt. 16:21; 17:22-23; 20:17-19).
  2. It showed Jesus overcame death (Acts 2:23-24).
  3. It was central to the gospel message (Acts 26:22-23; 1 Cor. 15:3-4).
  4. It had many eyewitnesses, including: Mary Magdalene and other women (John 20:10-18; Matt. 28:8-9), two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32), the disciples without Thomas (John 20:19-25), the disciples with Thomas (John 20:26-29), the disciples by the Sea of Galilee (John 21:1-23), Peter, James, and more than 500 brethren at one time (1 Cor. 15:5-7), Stephen (Acts 7:56), Paul (Acts 9:1-6; 1 Cor. 15:8), the disciples at Jerusalem before His ascension (Acts 1:3-9), and John on the island of Patmos (Rev. 1:9-18).
  5. It was argued as true against those who disbelieved (1 Cor. 15:12-19).
  6. It reveals Jesus as the first among many to be resurrected (1 Cor. 15:20).
  7. It reveals Jesus as the Son of God (Rom. 1:3-4).
  8. It is the basis for our new life (1 Pet. 1:3).
  9. Those who are raised with Christ will not know the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:5-6).