“Then He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ (Messiah or Anointed One) to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high’” (Luke 24:46-49)
This short outline gives us a synopsis of what took place after the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Number 1 – – The numerous predictions of Jesus’ sufferings, death and resurrection from the Hebrew Scriptures and from Himself were fulfilled to the very letter!
Number 2 – – Repentance (having a change of mind and corresponding actions), as well as the forgiveness of sins was to be preached to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem (the Jewish homeland).
Number 3 – – More than 500 eyewitnesses saw Jesus bodily and recognized Him personally 3 days after His death. They were not hallucinating or fabricating a narrative!
Number 4 – – Jesus promised to send another One of the same kind that He is – – God! And He did, He sent the Holy Spirit 10 days after He ascended to Heaven!
Number 5 – – The Holy Spirit established the Church, the body of Christ. (This in no wise refers to a denomination or a religion! This is a global body of believers in the risen Savior, Jesus the Messiah).
For over 2000 years now the message of Christ’s resurrection has sounded throughout the whole world and continues to be heralded across the globe!
This simple Message remains the same: place your faith in the risen Christ alone and He will give you everlasting life with Him forever! That’s the true and everlasting meaning of Easter – – CHRIST AROSE (I Corinthians 15:1ff.)!