B. Jesus Christ’s Work
As stated, Jesus affirmed His Divine nature when He said, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). The Jews’ reaction clearly reveals that they understood the implications of Jesus’ statement – He was claiming to be God (10:31,33).
But Jesus did not just claim to be God, even though that was and is true. He validated (proved the reliability of) His claim by the works He did. He repeatedly told His listeners that (a) His works were of God and (b) His works proved that He was/is God. “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him ” (John 10:37,38; see also John 5:17,36; 9:4; 10:25; 14:10,11; 15:24).
1. His Ministry
Jesus, in His earthly ministry:
- healed the sick, blind and deaf;
- raised the dead; cast out demons;
- supernaturally fed the hungry;
- thwarted the devil;
- confronted the religiously self-righteous;
- taught repentance from sins and forgave sins;
- revealed the loving heart and character of God the Father in both His Person and His teaching.
2. The Cross
Death and eternal separation from God are the consequences of man’s sin. However, Jesus Christ “wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us …[and has] taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Col 2:14). By dying on the Cross as a sinless sacrifice for mankind, Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sin and reconciled us back to God. [For more on the Cross, see the “Salvation” doctrine.]
3. His Resurrection
The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ after His death is a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (Ps 16:10; Acts 2:31). But more than that, it is foundational to faith in Christ for salvation (Rom 10:9, 10). Paul affirms that the Christian faith is based on the truth of the resurrection of Christ.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:14-19. If the resurrection of Jesus Christ were not a fact, then:
- the apostle ‘s preaching would be in vain (v.14);
- the faith of the believers in Corinth (and the faith of all Christians) would be in vain (v.14);
- the apostles and others ‘would be false witnesses (v.15);
- the Corinthian church (and all Christians) would still be in their sins (v.17);
- those who have died believing in Christ would be without salvation (v.18);
- Christians would be of all men the most miserable (v.19).
The literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is a key component of the Gospel (1 Cor 15:4; 2 Tim 2:8; also, see “What Is The Gospel?”).
The resurrection of Christ stands alone in its importance and uniqueness in all of history.
The following scriptural facts help us understand the implications of Christ’s resurrection for every believer:
- Jesus Christ was truly and completely dead physically. He did not just faint, nor was He in a temporary coma (Mark 15:44,45; John 19:33-35; Rev 1:18).
- Jesus Christ was bodily resurrected; the resurrected Christ was OT a disembodied spirit or an apparition (Luke 24:36,39,41-45; Ps 16:10; Acts 2:31).
- Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, was seen in His physical body by many witnesses (Luke 24:30- 36; John 20: 19,26; Acts 1:3,2 1,22; 1 Cor 15:3-8).
- Jesus Christ’s resurrection was unique in that He would never die again (Acts 13:34; Rom 6:9,10; 2 Tim 1:10; Rev 1:18). There have been other people miraculously resurrected from the dead (e.g., John 11:1-44), but each of these goes on to die a physical death at the end of their life on
- Jesus Christ’s resurrection proves His claim to Deity (Matt 12:38-40; John 2:18-22; Rom 1:4).
- Jesus Christ’s resurrection shows that His sacrifice on the Cross was accepted by God the Father (Rom 4:25; Heb 9:23-28; 10:11-14).
JESUS IS ALIVE!