The Power of Resurrection
The rising of Jesus Christ from the dead was
the biggest event that shook Jews and they
tried to fight it in all ways to the extent that
they said about resurrection that this last
deception will be stronger than the first
deception which is Christ’s Preaching.
So what was the power of resurrection and
what was its impact?
1- Christ came out of the tomb while it was
This was not strange for Him or for the
miraculous power He has. He had also come out of
the saint Virgin Mary’s womb with her virginity
Also in His appearances to His disciples after
resurrection He came into the place where they were
assembled while “the doors were shut” (Jn 20:19).
2- And of His resurrection power, Christ rose
from the dead by Himself without anybody
All those who were raised before, were raised by
others: The son of the Widow of Zarephath of Sidon
was revived by Elijah. Also the son of the
Shunammite Woman was raised by Elisha. And the
daughter of Jairus, the son of the Widow of Nain, and
Lazarus were raised by Christ. But Christ Himself rose
by Himself because He had the power of resurrection
in Him and it was not possible for death to capture
Him because He had the life in Him (Jn 1:4).
3- And Christ rose regardless of the tight
guarding, the tomb securing, the stone sealing and
the large stone which was against the door of the
tomb… The worldly power made all its efforts but He
was stronger than all this.
And His resurrection indicated that He was
stronger than all obstacles. His resurrection was a
triumph over all His opposers and those fighting
against Him, over death, Hades, the large stone, the
seals and the sticking strips of linen…
Therefore when St. Paul the apostle knew
Him, he said: “that I may know Him and the
power of His resurrection” (Phil 3:10).
He knew the power of His resurrection because
He saw Him after this resurrection when a Great Light
appeared to him on his way to Damascus (Ac 9).
Therefore, this apostle trusted in Christ’s resurrection
power which made him go into the fellowship of His
sufferings being conformed to His death. And this
same power in resurrection was experienced by St.
John the beloved from Christ when He appeared to
Him “and His countenance was like the sun shining in
its strength” (Rev 1:16).
His power while He was inside the tomb was
stronger than every power standing outside His
He left the tomb on a time that nobody knew, on
Sunday at dawn, and the large stone remained in its
place until an angel came and rolled back the stone to
announce the resurrection which had already
happened. And thus, the women were able to see the
4- Scenes of His power after resurrection:
These are some of the sides of His power seen by
people on Earth, besides His many appearances and
the power of ascending to Heaven and sitting at the
right hand of the Father, the power of entering the
place where the disciples were assembled while the
doors where shut and His power that converted the
disciples from weak frightened people to heroes
preaching with all their strength and without
And as was His resurrection powerful, there
was another power that preceded His
5- His power between death and resurrection:
This was His power after His death with
which He was able to open the doors of Hell, and
got out the spirits after He preached the salvation to
them (1 P 3:19). With this power He was able to
descend to the lower parts of the Earth, to lead
captivity captive, to give people gifts of redemption
then to ascend also after resurrection far above all
the heavens, that He might fill all things (Eph 4:8-
6- The Lord Christ indicated with His
resurrection that He was more powerful than
death and that His death was not a weakness of
Him neither was His silence during His trial a
weakness of Him…
If He would have talked He would have refuted
the listeners and convinced them. But this was not
His aim, His aim was to redeem us. Therefore, when
they asked Him to descend from the cross He did not
although He was capable of doing it… But His aim was
to die for us, to go through passions on our behalf,
and to pay the price of sin as propitiation and
redemption for us…
Resurrection indicated that the silence of
Christ was not a weakness…
The power of resurrection was the strongest
response to those who accused Christ of being weak
and those who thought that the crucifix of Christ was
an evidence of His disability!!
Through resurrection, it was proved that the
silence of Christ had its noble aims.
He was silent because He wanted to sacrifice
Himself for us… Had He talked, He would have refuted
the listeners and convinced them. And if He defended
Himself, He would have won the case undoubtedly.
For how many times had He responded to the chief
priests, Jews elders and their priests and they did not
find an answer to respond back… But they saw the
power of His word while He was a 12-year old
youngster. And the people who heard Him confessed
that He was talking with authority.
The silence of Christ in His trial is an
evidence that He died willingly.
And He said about Himself that He lay down of
Himself, and no one takes it from Him. He has power
to lay it down, and He has power to take it again and
He lay it down on the crucifix time and took it on the
Christ yielded up His spirit out of love and
sacrifice and not out of weakness and
And as He rose in power. We should not
forget that He died in power…
He cried out with a loud voice when He yielded up
His spirit while His body was extremely worn out,
dried out of its blood and water and exhausted from
the whipping, walking, beating, bleeding and hanging
on the cross…
And He died in body… But in His Godhead He
was alive and never dying.
In His death, He preached salvation to those who
rested in hope, He managed to open the closed
Paradise and enter the robber along with Adam and
his sons, the Old Testament saints.
He also managed to rise and His resurrection
makes fun of the guards and the seals and large
stone placed against the tomb door.
It did not happen that anyone, other than Christ,
defeated death with his own authority alone, rose by
his will and came out of a sealed tomb with a large
stone on the door and guarded by armed guards.
7- Christ’s power of resurrection was
devastating to Jews chief priests and to all
It was an evidence of their crime in putting Him
to trial and delivering Him to be crucified. Also it was
an evidence of the lying of all their former allegation.
And by resurrection they become convicted before the
Therefore, when the disciples started preaching
the resurrection in every occasion, the chief priests
said to them: “Did we not strictly command you not
to teach in this name? And look, you have filled
Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this
Man's blood on us!” (Ac 5:28).
The power of His resurrection also used to
frighten the chiefs of Jews because it was an
evidence of His righteousness because if He was
convicted, He would have never been able to
rise. And as was resurrection an evidence of His
righteousness, it was at the same time an evidence of
the injustice of these chiefs and that they framed
Him; those who rejoiced when they thought that they
got rid of Him and killed Him.
The talking about His appearances after they
killed Him frightened them…
And the apostles, the saints, never stopped
rebuking them on this point specifically. And so saint
Peter the apostle told them after the miracle of
healing the lame man: “the God of our fathers,
glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up
and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was
determined to let Him go. But you denied the Holy
One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be
granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom
God raised from the dead, of which we are
witnesses…” (Ac 3:13-15).
8- As for the Sadducees, they do not believe in
resurrection. Thus, Christ’s resurrection was a
dangerous practical proof on the path their
doctrines and teachings were heading.
Therefore, they fought resurrection with all their
power and fought against the disciples in preaching
resurrection. And so the bible says: “Then the high
priest rose up, and all those who were with him
(which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were
filled with indignation, and laid their hands on the
apostles and put them in the common prison…” (Ac
But the power of resurrection was stronger than
all of them and their fighting.
Truly, His resurrection from the dead was
stronger than His descending form the cross.
Also His resurrection was an evidence that He
died willingly and not forcibly.
Especially that He rose by Himself without anyone
raising Him. And came out of the tomb while it was
sealed as He came out of Virgin Mary’s womb with her
Truly, as He said about Himself that He has power
to lay it down, and He has power to take it again (Jn
9- His resurrection was an evidence that He is
stronger than death and consequently He is also
stronger than all the human power which kills
and puts to death.
He was more powerful than the injustice of the
evil ones, and all their conspiracies and authority.
They did all they could until they condemned Him,
nailed Him on the cross and challenged Him
mockingly and thought that they won especially that
Christ remained all the time of His trial with their
challenges silent… “as a lamb to the slaughter, And as
a sheep before its shearers is silent” (Is 53:7).
His resurrection indicated that His death was
a sacrifice and not by coercion.
And to believe in His resurrection means that we
believe in His love, sacrifice and redemption to
humanity. And this entails believing in His power and
in all what He said before about Himself and His
relation to the Father.
This is the power of Him who died in body,
and His Godhead was alive and never dying.
It is the power of Him who said to St. John in the
Revelation “I am the First and the Last. I am He who
lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive
forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades
and of Death” (Rev 1:17, 18). This is the power of
Him who rose “having loosed the pains of death,
because it was not possible that He should be held by
it” (Ac 2:24).
10- And the power of the resurrection of Christ which
makes it special than every other raising is that it is
a resurrection with no death after it, a
continuous eternal resurrection…
All those who were raised from the dead, died
again and still until now under the authority of death
waiting for the common resurrection, but as for
Christ, he rose alive to forever and ever, and death
has no authority over Him. And thus the Bible called
Him “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep”
(1 Co 15:20)…
11- And of the power of the resurrection of
Christ is that it is a glorified resurrection…
He rose with a glorified body that: does not get
tired, does not get sick, does not decay, and does not
get thirsty or hungry… A body that was able to come
out of the sealed tomb and come in with the doors
shut and can ascend to Heaven.
And we are waiting in the common resurrection to
be raised in a body like this too. And as the apostle
said: “we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord
Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it
may be conformed to His glorious body…” (Phil 3:20,
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