The Resurrection

Bib 323-D01
December 8, 2015

Should the resurrection of Jesus be considered one of the "signs" of the Gospel?  

Paul said, “That salvation is not possible without Jesus' resurrection, and those who were preaching this, preached the truth.” Leon Morris writes “Signs are meant to elicit faith, and Jesus welcomes those who react to signs by believing in Him.”   Towns tells us, Jesus shows us his power over creation, space, time, food, natural laws, physical laws, death and overall. John MacArthur says, “The ultimate demonstration of Christ’s power over death, and hence proof of His deity, was His resurrection.” So is the resurrection to be considered one of the “signs”?
There are seven signs:
1. The turning of water into wine (John 2:1-12)
2. The healing of the royal official's son (John 4:46-54)
3. The healing of the paralytic at the Bethesda pool (John 5:1-17)
4. The feeding of the five thousand (John 6:1-14)
5. The walking on water (John 6:15-25)
6. The healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-41)
7. The raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-46)
Jesus, rising of himself from the dead, shows us his is immortal and in control over life and death. So then this to should be considered a sign, the eight sign. God alone has power (over death) and it is here that Christ reveals, He is God.   “Ultimate sign”, Campbell Morgan.
In conclusion Jesus told us himself, (John 11:25,) “I am the resurrection and the life.” This verse alone is enough prove for me, to conclude that the resurrection is the eighth sign. If it were not intended to be so then, Jesus would not have said it.

Works citied:
Morris, Leon. Jesus is the Christ: Studies in the Theology of John. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co., 1989.

Towns, Elmer. The Gospel of John: Believe and Live. Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2002.
MacArthur, John. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: John 12-21. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2008.

Morgan, G. Campbell. Studies in the Four Gospels....