Why did Jesus rise from the dead?
“Have you ever wondered why did Jesus rise from the dead?” asked my friend. My immediate response, “Jesus raised from the dead to fulfil God’s prophecy; Him raising from the dead was a part of God’s master plan.”
Even though everything within me felt like it was true, I needed to study the Bible and understand what God said on the matter. Isaiah 53:2-11 details the reasons why Christ died and why He rose again.
“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
Is Jesus risen? Yes, He is. It was a part of God’s master plan. Many that never believed Jesus’ words before He died became firm believers after. His death and resurrection created a fire within His disciples to spread the Good News of the Gospel. Do you believe?
My Lord, my Saviour. Your unfailing love has delivered me. For so long, I didn’t realize that I needed a Saviour. For too long, I struggled and carried the burden on my shoulder. Thank you, Lord, for your grace and mercy. My limited mind can’t fathom why you choose me, but I praise and glorify your Holy name with all that I am. Amen