Rev 1:5 – And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Christ is given the title “the first begotten of the dead”. The word begotten simply means “first born”. How can it be said that Christ is the “first born” of the dead? There have been many people who were resurrected from the dead prior to Christ:
1. Son of Zarephath’s widow (1 K 17)
2. Son of Shunammite woman (2 K 4)
3. Man that touches Elisha bones (2 K 13)
4. Widow’s son (Lk 7)
5. Jairus’ daughter (Mt 9)
6. Lazarus (Jhn 11)
7. Saints at Christ’s crucifixion (Mat 27)
8. and perhaps others I may have missed.
But the resurrection of Christ was different than any of the above examples. Christ was resurrected by His own power, never to die again… following his resurrection (40 days later) He ascended to be with the Father. In that sense, He was truly the first One who gained victory over death!
Folks, this is very important for us to understand, our Lord, although He was resurrected, never died again. The one death that He experienced was sufficient to fully complete the salvation of His people. His resurrection, and the following ascension to be with His Father, is living proof that His sacrifice had been accepted, His work had been fully completed and His people are eternally secure in Him…
“But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:And if Christ be not risen, then [is] our preaching vain, and your faith [is] also vain.
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
And if Christ be not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept.”
(1 Corinthians 15:13-19)
May we all take a moment to stop and praise the Lord for His resurrection and what it means to each one of us who are His. We are eternally secure, not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done for us! May we all serve Him with new strengthened and encouraged hearts being reminded of all He has done for us.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation: