Jesus Christ died but his body did not rot in the tomb forever. On Easter Sunday, he resurrected.
So, what is the meaning and importance of Jesus’s resurrection? Why was it in the early church the substance of Apostle’s teachings? (See notes below) Why is it something that throughout history has been celebrated?
In this article, we will look at 6 reasons why the resurrection is significant.
1.The resurrection is the basis of Christianity
1st Corinthians 15:12ff(and following), “but if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” (NIV)
From the above text, it is evident that the resurrection is the cornerstone of Christianity. Without it, there is no meaningful Christianity.
2.Through the resurrection, we are assured of the forgiveness of sins
1st Corinthians 15:17, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.”
Our salvation rests on Christ’s resurrection. And as Albert Mohler states, “Our salvation depends upon Christ being raised from the dead. it is not just the victory of Christ over death, it is that. It’s not just that. It’s not merely the vindication of the Son by the Father, it is that. It is not just that. Paul says here that Christ was raised for our justification (See notes below). And that means that without the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ from the dead, our sins would still be upon us. We would not be justified. When Paul says that Christ was raised for our justification, he makes very clear that the gospel is not just about the cross, it is about the cross and resurrection together.”
3.We are assured of life after death through the resurrection
A long time ago, Job asked this question in Job 14:14, “if someone dies, will they live again?”
Jesus rising from the dead confirms to us that death is not the end of our existence. There is hope for those who fall asleep in Christ. And as Jesus promises us in John 14:2-3, he has gone to prepare a place for us, and he will come back to take us with him so that we may be where he is.
4.The resurrection assures us that ruler of the Kingdom of God is a living sovereign
Revelation 1:17-18, “when I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
The resurrection makes Christianity very distinctive. Muhammad, proclaimer of the Qur’an and Prophet of Islam, died on June 8, AD 62 in Medina. And by the way, he is still dead. Also, Buddha- the founder of Buddhism and Confucius – a Chinese Prophet who lived in the 6th century BCE, both died. And are still dead.
But our Lord Jesus Christ is not dead. He died for our trespasses, and God raised him on the third day.
5.Jesus Christ’s resurrection assures us of eternal life
Our sins separated us from the Lord. But on the cross, Jesus Christ paid the due price for our sins with his blood. And as Albert Mohler continues to say, “the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead means that the Father in raising Christ from the dead was declaring that the atonement that he had accomplished on the cross meant that sin had been paid in full. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Father was the Father’s vindication of the works of the Son.”
This, therefore, means that for us who believe in Christ Jesus, nothing is standing between us and God any more, and we are assured of eternal life.
6.The resurrection proves the judgment to come
Acts 17:30-31: “In the past, God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”
Jesus will come back again the second time, this time not as a Savior but as a judge.
And so, it is our responsibility to live, obey and think as Christians- lest we be caught unawares, because as Jesus says in Mark 13:32-33, we do not know the day nor the hour that he will come back. We need to stay alert at all times.
In light of this all, Easter should not remain just as an annual event that commemorates the resurrection of Christ, but as faithful children of God, we should live each day in light of the resurrection, and reflect upon our Savior’s resurrection every Sunday.
Resurrection was the substance of Apostles’ teachings in the early church. It is mentioned in many instances in the book of Acts: on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:22-24, when peter healed a lame beggar in Acts3: 11-15, when Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin for proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead in Acts 4:10, when the apostles were before the Sanhedrin, again, for continuing to speak about Jesus in Acts 5:27-32, when Peter brought the Gospel to Cornelius’s house (a Gentile) in Acts 10: 38-39, when Paul was speaking in a Jewish synagogue in Acts 13:27-37, when Paul was in Thessalonica introducing the Gospel to them in Acts 17:2-4, when Paul was among the intellectual elites in Athens in Acts 17:30-32, and when Paul was before King Agrippa in Acts 26:22-23.
Justification means to be made right with God or to be declared righteous by God through our faith in Jesus Christ.