His resurrection from among the dead in the same body in which He was crucified and the second coming of this same Jesus in power and great glory. Christ rose physically from the dead. The resurrection was a “resuscitation” of the same body which was placed in the tomb. The tomb was empty on that first Easter morning. His disciples did not steal his body. They proclaimed the truth of Christ’s resurrection even though they understood it might cost their own lives because they knew that they were telling the truth. They saw the empty tomb. Jesus appeared to them on various occasions. There are no contradiction in the various accounts in the New Testament of Christ’s resurrection. It is an event which took place in real history, not something which the disciples and early church fabricated.48
Jesus knew that He was the Messiah promised in the Old Testament and that He would rise again from the dead to save all men from their sins.49
Christ will return visibly and in glory.50 He will then judge the world in righteousness.51 He will come on the Last Day, which is appointed by God, but unknown to man.52
48Matthew 27:62-66; Matthew28; Mark 16; Luke25; John 20 and 21; Acts 10:39-42; I Corinthians 15. Otten, op. cit., pp. 34-36.
49 Luke 4; 16-20; Matthew 12:40; Matthew 16:21.
50 Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7; Matt. 25:31.
51 Acts 10:42; 2 Cor. 5:10; Acts 17:3; John 12:48.
52 Acts 17:31; Mark 13:32; 2 Peter 3:10; Matt. 24:27; l Peter 4:7.