Jesus died on the Cross and was buried – a dead man. Clearly dead, for the Roman centurion responsible for crucifying his charges was trained in the art of death, how to bring it on, and when to know without a doubt that the executed one was completely devoid of life. This soldier’s livelihood, and perhaps his very own life, depended on this skill. He would not allow anyone to be removed from the cross until he himself was certain that the once living man was history.
We have the testimony of the attending centurion who pronounced Jesus dead (and, by the way, also confessed, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”). The centurion was also questioned by Pilate, his boss, to be sure that Jesus was really, really dead so His body could be released for burial (Mark 15:39, 44-45). There was, and is, no doubt about it. Dead and buried.
Once the huge stone was rolled into place, no one could enter the tomb. And when the stone was sealed, it made certain that entering and exiting were not going to happen – by the dead man (dead men don’t walk), by mourners, by grave robbers, by conspirators, or by anyone else. This confirmed the certainty of Jesus’ death, documented without error and without question.
Death cannot be manipulated by man. It cannot be halted nor can its visit be ignored no matter how hard we try.
But Jesus is no ordinary man.
And His Father is no ordinary god.
And His Father’s Spirit is no ordinary spirit.
And there They were, all Three present at the resurrection of Jesus: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In spite of the best efforts of men to make sure the Dead Man was dead, the Three were not going to have any part of it. By the glory of the Father, through the power of His Holy Spirit, Jesus came back to life. Likewise for all who confess JESUS IS LORD. (Romans 6:4)
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11)