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The Resurrection of Christ from the Explanation to Luther's Small Catechism

144. What do the Scriptures teach about Christ's resurrection?

They teach that on the third day Christ victoriously rose from the grave and showed Himself alive to His disciples.
490 Acts 10:40-41 God raised Him from the dead on the third day and caused Him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen - by us who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.
491 1 Cor. 15:4-8 He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and. . . He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all He appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
492 Acts 1:3 After His suffering, He showed Himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
Bible narrative: Christ's resurrection (Matt. 27:62-28:20; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21).

145. Why is Christ's resurrection so important and comforting?
Christ's resurrection proves that

A. Christ is the Son of God;
493 Rom. 1:4 [He was] declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead. B. His doctrine is the truth;
494 John 2:19 Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.
495 John 8:28 When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me.

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