Posted by Jerry White on Apr 5, 2015
“We are forced back to the simple conclusion that fits all the facts and agrees with all the records—-the body of Christ was actually raised from the dead. His was no mere ‘spiritual resurrection,’ nor were His appearances mere spiritual manifestations (Luke 24:36-43).
He appeared in His resurrection body, not in the dusk but in lighted rooms in the light of day, visible and tangible. He appeared in the same body in which He had been entombed, but possessed new characteristics. It was easily recognizable, but could become unrecognizable or invisible at will (John 20: 14-15; 21:4, 12). It transcended the laws of matter, and experienced no interference from closed doors (John 20:26). Unlike that of Lazarus, who was raised to die again, the body of Jesus was immortal (Romans 6:9-10).
With Paul we can cry with glad assurance, ‘Now IS Christ risen from the dead’ (1 Corinthians 15:20).
George Creel puts these words into the mouth of the Roman centurion who stood guard at the tomb, as he related to his wife what had happened.
This morn it was, just ere dawn,
The heavens parted wide;
The whole earth shook: with palsied tongue
Our grief could not be cried.
And when at last we raised our heads,
The stone was rolled aside,
The ponderous stone was rolled aside,
The angel sat thereon;
The glory of His countenance
Like lightning shot the dawn.
We pierced the tomb with streaming eyes,
and saw His body gone.”
J. Oswald Sanders
The Incomparable Christ, 214-215
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:14 (ESV)