1. The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that we are justified before God.
He was delivered over to death for our sins and raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:25)
Justification means to “to be put right with.” Because of our sins, humanity is separated from God and incapable of a relationship with him (Romans 6:28, Isaiah 59:2).
Scripture calls us “objects of wrath” because God has to exert his wrath those who break his law (Ephesians 2:3). Without someone stepping in to correct this situation, we cannot have the relationship with God that he intended. In the death of Jesus on the cross, God put our punishment on Christ so that we could be justified before him.
The resurrection of Jesus confirms that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin on the cross and gives us access to a right relationship with him.
2. The resurrection of Jesus Christ shows that Jesus defeated death. (Romans 6:9)
Death is the enemy of mankind and the just punishment for the each person’s individual sins (Romans 6:23). The mortality rate is and will always be 100%. No amount of effort, medical technology, power or riches can escape the clutches of death.
Christ rose from the dead because death could no longer hold him, and we no longer have to fear death because Christ has triumphed over it. Death is no longer an enemy because in Christ, we no longer have to fear the punishment that comes after death.
“O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
3. The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves that Jesus is the Son of God.
…[Christ] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead … (Romans 1:4)
If Jesus would have died and remained dead, he would be like the millions who went before him and the millions who came after him. But that is not what happened. Christ’s resurrection proves that he is someone of a unique status: The Son of God.
4. The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives Christians a living hope.
Being forgiven of our sins and justified before God gives Christians tremendous hope. Christians are changed from being an enemy of God bound for separation from God, to becoming a forgiven son or daughter of God with an eternal inheritance in heaven that can never be taken away.
According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you … (1 Peter 1:3-4)
5. The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that we will be raised like him.
Christ is described as the first fruits of the resurrection from the dead, meaning that his resurrection is a precursor to the resurrection that all believers (1 Corinthians 15:20). 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 explains, “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
Christians will enjoy the resurrected life just like Christ did, with glorified bodies raised in power (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). The resurrection of our Lord is history’s most significant event. The Resurrection sets Christianity totally apart. No other religious leader has broken the power of death and conquered sin.
Will we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus at Easter and throughout the year? Count on it!
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!