Even though Christmas is coming and it is a time where most reflect on the incarnation of Christ, for some reason I have been thinking about his resurrection.
Once I had a conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness about the resurrection of Christ. She asked me, “Who raised him from the dead?” I started by saying, “Well, the Father…”, and I was intending to go on and say, “…the Son, and the Spirit” followed by some verses, but did not get that far because at that point she said, “Aha! See! How can Jesus be God, then?”
Well, let me give you some verses:
Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead (Galatians 1:1)
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father. (John 10:17,18)
For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18)
Amazing! The resurrection was a thoroughly Trinitarian event – Father, Son and Spirit acting in perfect harmony to bring life to Jesus’ dead body.
Honestly, this woman had not noticed these verses before.