God raised Jesus from death, showing that the penalty for disobedience had been paid and that the world could now be reconciled to God. After appearing to his followers, Jesus ascended to the right hand of God the Father, where he began his reign as the saving ruler of God’s kingdom.
His resurrection began the age of resurrection, in which God’s people will inherit eternal life with Christ.
Adam and Eve rebelled. Israel rebelled. But the righteous one, Jesus Christ, became the saving ruler of God’s kingdom.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
6 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.
7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
8 and last of all he appeared to me [Paul] also, as to one abnormally born. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 15:3–8
Jesus has been appointed as the world’s judge.
He [God] has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead. (ESV)
Jesus is given Lordship (that is, kingship or rulership) over all creation.
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. (ESV)
Jesus was faithful to God’s promises: he fulfilled the plan of salvation. God gives Jesus glory for his obedience.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV)
He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (ESV)
1 Peter 1:20-21
The resurrection of Jesus also marks ‘the beginning of the end’. The time of salvation is at hand; the Kingdom of God is near. It is only a matter of time until the whole plan is fulfilled.
Who first shared these things ‘of first importance’ with you? When did you understand them for the first time?
Thank Jesus for the depths he descended to for your sake, and the glory he has now received. Ask God to conform you to the likeness of Jesus more and more.