The Resurrection and what it means
After Jesus ascended to heaven, His disciples went out preaching a unique and consistent gospel: That Jesus died, was buried, and rose on the third day. Because he lives, they taught that every claim Jesus made about himself, about our need of redemption, and about the nature of God and the Kingdom were the absolute truth. Since then, everyone who claims Jesus as their Lord rests their entire view of life on the foundation of the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
At the Ark, we echo the Apostles’ declaration: This is of first importance…
Jesus is alive
We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
John’s gospel of Christ (1 John 1:1-4 NLT)
He is our Savior and Lord
Jesus of Nazareth…[was put] to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit. God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Peter’s gospel of Christ, excerpted from Acts 2:22-36 (NIV)
We are His witnesses
In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Luke’s gospel of Christ found in Acts 1:1-8 (NLT)