The Firstborn From the Dead

The single most important miracle which ever occurred was not the parting of the Red Sea; it was not the feeding of the five thousand with just a few loaves and a couple of fish; it wasn't even the creation itself; the single most important miracle ever recorded is the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the grave. It is tempting to say to ourselves, "Well, what's so important about that resurrection? Other people were raised from dead." It's true that there are many recorded instances of people being raised from the dead in our Bibles. But the difference is that those who were raised from the dead before Jesus of Nazareth, and since that time, have all died again. It was only a temporary resurrection. Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead without any effort from a prophet, or apostle, or some other person gifted with the power. We read in Romans 6:4 that Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father; we read in Col. 1:18 that Jesus is the firstborn from the dead. It was a special type of resurrection which Jesus accomplished, because He rose to die no more (Romans 6:9). His resurrection which has been so perfectly documented in the Scriptures is proof to us, that, one, He is the Son of God; two, that there will be a general resurrection of all who have ever lived; and three, that this resurrection will be followed by the judgment (Acts 17:31). It is a great hope and a great warning, this resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.