But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn't find the body of the Lord Jesus. (Luke 24:1-3 NLT)
We know that Jesus was really dead because the soldiers pierced his side to confirm it. Blood and water flowed. We know that his followers believed he was dead because of their actions. They were showing up at the tomb to prepare his body with spices. They went to prepare a dead body. Instead, they found it missing.
As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, "Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn't here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what He told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that He would rise again on the third day." (Luke 24:4-7 NLT)
Angelic messengers were definitely not in their plans for the morning. Clearly something unusual was going on. The ladies found his body missing, messengers saying he was alive, and then a reminder that the Son of Man would rise again on the third day.
Then they remembered that He had said this. (Luke 24:8 NLT)
Jesus’ resurrection has many implications and connections. The most obvious one is this: Jesus’ resurrection confirmed what Jesus said. He told his followers that he would betrayed into the hands of sinful men, and he was. He told them that he would be crucified and die and, once again, he was. Finally, he told them he would rise again on the third day and he did. Jesus, like any true prophet, gave short-term predictions that were right 100% of the time.
How about you? Do you see how his resurrection confirmed what he said? Does this build your faith in the rest of what Jesus said?