N.T. Wright reminds his readers that while the resurrection confirmed his Messianic status there must have been a trace of Messianic expectation surrounding the actions of Christ for his disciples to reason that the resurrection affirmed his claims. Wright writes,

“Granted that the resurrection of Jesus would force his followers to re-evaluate the meaning of his crucifixion, it would not have given to him, his life or his death a messianic meaning had such a meaning not been in some way present already. It is this argument, more or less, that has increasingly forced scholars back to the conclusion that there was something at least about Jesus’ death, and quite possibly also about his life, that, however surprisingly, must be regarded as messianic.”

Jesus and the Victory of God. 488.