Then Jesus said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day...." - Luke 24:44-46
When Jesus appeared to his followers after his death, he opened their minds to understand the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms, which spoke of his suffering and resurrection. Many of us know places in the Old Testament that speak of Jesus' suffering. But where in the Old Testament do we learn about Jesus rising from the dead?
If we could only have been there when Jesus gave this sermon! While the New Testament does not record what Jesus said, we are fortunate that Peter was there and went on to instruct the Church, which is recorded for us in Scripture. In this lesson, we learn from Peter where the Old Testament Scriptures, written hundreds of years before Jesus' death, foretell of Jesus being raised from the dead. Peter's instruction amazes us, builds our faith in the Scriptures, and reminds us of the power of God and the identity of our Lord.