Illuminated

“Those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.”—Daniel 12:2 (NKJV)

If you’ve ever stood beneath the shadow of something enormous, like a mountain or skyscraper, then you have a sense of how the Jewish people in Jesus’ day felt about the Resurrection.

Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, evidence steadily mounted of a coming occurrence when the dead would be raised to life. As early as Job’s day, there was an awareness of such an event (Job 19:25-26). Over time, God would reveal more details through men like David (Psalm 16:10), Isaiah (Isaiah 26:19), and Daniel (note the passage above).

The shadow cast by the Resurrection loomed ever larger and longer. By the time we get to the life of Christ, the Jews knew the Resurrection was coming. They had a shadowy understanding of it, but it was still shrouded in a lot of obscurity and misunderstanding.

It was Jesus who brought striking clarity to the shadowy realities of the Resurrection. And in John’s Gospel, He reveals that He, Himself, is the Resurrection! “Jesus said . . . ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live’” (John 11:25 NKJV). 

Imagine how incredible this was to those who heard it. This momentous event that had captivated Jewish minds for centuries was now linked to person! Those who placed their faith in the person of Jesus of Nazareth would be resurrected from the dead!

God’s promise of the Resurrection resides in the person of Jesus. It’s in Him, and in Him alone, that the shadow finds substance and becomes real. We can know this with absolute certainty because Jesus, Himself, was resurrected! He who rose from the dead has the power and prerogative to raise others from the dead. As He put it so perfectly, “Because I live, you will live also” (John 14:19 NKJV).

When it comes to the Resurrection, we don’t dwell in the shadows. Jesus has illuminated everything for us and has shown us that this unparalleled promise of God is found exclusively in Him. May we never look anywhere else!

DIG: How did Jesus illuminate everyone’s understanding about the Resurrection?

DISCOVER: What does this mean for you?

DISPLAY: Search the Bible for the promises associated with the resurrection. Write them down and spend time reflecting on them. Ask yourself, “How am I living in light of this promise? Am I walking in it? How has this promise been made real in my life?”

About the Author

Pastor Dan Hickling

Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.