196. Was Jesus the first to rise from the dead?
Jesus was the first person to rise from the dead.
That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead. Acts 26:23
Others rose from the dead before him.A witch raised Samuel from the dead.
Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel .... And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel. 1 Samuel 28:11, 14Elijah raised a boy from the dead by stretching himself upon the dead boy three times.
He stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 1 Kings 17:21-22Elisha brough a dead boy to life by laying on top of him, putting his mouth on the boys mouth, etc. until the flesh of the dead boy waxed warm.
And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times. 2 Kings 4:32-35A dead body was brought to life when it accidentally touched the bones of Elisha.
And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet. 2 Kings 13:21Moses and Elijah had a conversation with Jesus after being raised from the dead.
And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias. Luke 9:30Jesus raised a few people from the dead.
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. Matthew 9:23-25And dead people rose and walked the streets of Jerusalem immediately after Jesus died.
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost ... And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Matthew 9:50-53