Acts 23:26 says Jesus is the the first to rise from the dead. But what about those prior to Jesus' resurrection that were also brought back to life? e.g. Lazarus; and others raised by Elijah and Elisha
While other human beings were brought back to life prior to Jesus' death and resurrection, there is a fundamental and critical difference between those earlier events and the one Jesus experienced. In all other cases, the person who was raised returned to an earthly, sinful body, and therefore they had to die again one day.
Those such resurrections are miraculous displays of God's power, they do not represent a solution for the fundamental problem of sin and death. If Lazarus still died again, then his resurrection was meaningless and the question remains how do we conquer death once and for all?
The answer is by faith in the One Who conquered death, Jesus Christ! He died to pay the price for sin and then rose again to prove His power over death. And most importantly, Jesus never dies again. The Bible testifies that unlike Lazarus and others who were resurrected prior to Jesus, our Lord will never suffer death a second time:
Jesus' death and resurrection and continuing life is our evidence that He possesses eternal life and can give us eternal life as well. As Paul testifies:
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