The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ Through The Lens Of The Old Testament

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Exodus 32:7-8, 19

7 The Lord spoke to Moses: “Go down at once! For your people you brought up from the land of Egypt have acted corruptly. 8 They have quickly turned from the way I commanded them; they have made for themselves an image of a calf. They have bowed down to it, sacrificed to it, and said, ‘Israel, these are your gods, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.’”

While Moses was coming down the mountain of God, carrying the ten commandments, He threw it and broke it [verse 19] because the people were worshipping a golden calf and in doing so, they broke and rejected the Word of God.

The ten commandments that Moses brought down from God represented Jesus Christ who is called the Word of God. The broken ten commandments can be likened to Jesus’ broken body on the cross for our sins.

Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced because of our rebellion,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on him,
and we are healed by his wounds.


Exodus 34:1

The Lord said to Moses, “Cut two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.

God told Moses to go back up and bring back down another set of two stone tablets [the ten commandments] illustrating Jesus’ resurrection.

Jesus came down from the Father [heaven] to give the people the very Words of God, but in turn, they [the religious leaders] rejected Him and handed Him over to Pontius Pilate to be scourged and put to death. On the third day, He rose from the grave victoriously as the first fruits [1 Corinthians 15:20], indicating that those who die in Christ will participate in the resurrection of the saints. 

While I was in church today, a picture appeared in my mind of Moses descending from the mountain with the ten commandments and then the ten commandments turned into Jesus as a baby.

That is why I used Moses and the ten commandments as an illustration of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

The Resurrection

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Jesus rose from the dead

Matthew 28:5-7

5 But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”

Psalm 16:8-11

8 I keep the Lord in mind always.
Because He is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad
and my spirit rejoices;
my body also rests securely.
10 For You will not abandon me to Sheol;
You will not allow Your Faithful One to see decay.
11 You reveal the path of life to me;
in Your presence is abundant joy;
in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.

God’s Word, the Old, and the New Testament hinges on the resurrection of Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:14-15

14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is without foundation, and so is your faith. 15 In addition, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified about God that He raised up Christ—whom He did not raise up if in fact the dead are not raised.

The entirety of Scripture can be trusted because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. His claim as being the Son of the Living God was proven by His resurrection. 

1 Corinthians 15:3-8

3 For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
6 Then He appeared to over 500 brothers at one time; most of them are still alive,
but some have fallen asleep.
7 Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
8 Last of all, as to one abnormally born, He also appeared to me.

Jesus’ death and resurrection atoned for the sins of the saints of the past, of the present (Jesus’ contemporaries), and of the future (those who will believe). Without Jesus rising from the dead, all life would be meaningless and vanity like that of Atheism. 

We don’t worship a dead Jesus but One who is seated at the right hand of the Most High, God Almighty, and who is the I Am.