Hebrews 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
The resurrection of the dead is a key doctrine or teaching in Christianity. We will look a few days at this very important teaching. Today we will look at the documented eyewitness accounts recorded in the Bible. The distinguishing characteristic of Christianity is that Jesus resurrected from the dead.
In Luke 9:21-22 Jesus predicts His death and resurrection. "And He strictly charged them and commanded them to tell no one, saying, 'The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and to be killed, on the third day be raised.'" In Luke 23:50-24:43 we have the eyewitness testimony of Jesus' resurrection by angels, women and Peter and the Apostles. They saw an empty tomb and the resurrected Jesus, who had flesh and bones and ate food. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 reveals that Jesus appeared to over five hundred people at one time after He was raised from the dead. The Apostle John testifies that he proclaims what he saw in 1 John 1:1-3.
What does this mean to us? Eyewitness testimony is strong evidence that Jesus rose from the dead just as He said He would. If He can fulfill His promise to rise from the dead on the third day, there is no promise that He can't fulfill. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:20 that all the promises of God are "Yes" in Christ. We have a very secure life and the ability to live an abundant life if Jesus can do what He says. His resurrection from the dead proves He can do what He says. Take Jesus at His word, repent of your sin and live according to Jesus' words by faith in Jesus.