Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.*
Resurrection. The revitalisation or revival of something… or someone! To be raised up from the dead.
The first resurrection is for those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour. He was the first to be raised from the dead. He conquered death and the grave on behalf of all who call on his name.
Jesus died, was buried, and was raised for us. He willingly went to the cross to pay the price of our sin. He paid for the sin of the whole world, past present and future. He became the ransom for our souls. He paid this price once and for all. One time for all people.
“It is finished”. These were the words Jesus spoke on the cross just before he died. It was as if you and I died there with him that day, and our sins passed away with him. He had fulfilled all that was required for people to be forgiven and saved from the wages of sin, which is death.
But death could not hold him. He had never sinned. He carried our sin, in our place. He was our substitute on the cross, in death, in burial. Death can only claim the sinful. Jesus revived, by the power of God. He was raised from the dead.
We are told in the Word that ‘whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’. Whosoever is anyone. Anyone who believes and receives Jesus as Lord will be saved. They receive new life, a new beginning, a new start, forgiven, whole and cleansed. That’s a huge promise, but we can have confidence that God always keeps his promises.
Those who are saved will be in that first resurrection.