GOD'S WORD THE BIBLE: The Identity of Jesus


The Christian belief that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead by the power of God is one of the most vital doctrines of the church. It is important to realize that this fact was not added to the story of the life of Jesus after His death. On the contrary Jesus Himself predicted His death and resurrection to His disciples claiming it was a predetermined plan of God the Father which had been predicted by the prophets in the Old Testament. These events further the claim that Jesus is God's Son.


(Mat 12:38-40 NASB) Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You." {39} But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; {40} for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

(Luke 18:31-34 NASB) And He took the twelve aside and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. {32} "For He will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, {33} and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again." {34} And they understood none of these things, and this saying was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.

(John 2:18-22 NASB) The Jews therefore answered and said to Him, "What sign do You show to us, seeing that You do these things?" {19} Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." {20} The Jews therefore said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" {21} But He was speaking of the temple of His body. {22} When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken.


(Acts 3:12-15; 18-19 NASB) But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, "Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? {13} "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered up, and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. {14} "But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, {15} but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. ...... {18} "But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ should suffer, He has thus fulfilled. {19} "Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

(Acts 10:38-43 NASB) "You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him. {39} "And we are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. And they also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. {40} "God raised Him up on the third day, and granted that He should become visible, {41} not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us, who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. {42} "And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. {43} "Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins."

(Acts 13:26-31 NASB) "Brethren, sons of Abraham's family, and those among you who fear God, to us the word of this salvation is sent out. {27} "For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the utterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him. {28} "And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they asked Pilate that He be executed. {29} "And when they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb. {30} "But God raised Him from the dead; {31} and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people.

(1 Corinthians 15:1-10) Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, {2} by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. {3} For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, {4} and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, {5} and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. {6} After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; {7} then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; {8} and last of all, as it were to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. {9} For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. {10} But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.

(Rom 1:1-4 NASB) Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, {2} which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, {3} concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, {4} who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus