The Importance of Christ’s Resurrection

            In a Bible study book I read recently, the author notes that news events which gripped our attention from both our distant and recent past are forgotten and have little or no impact on us today.  On the other hand, the death, burial and resurrection of Christ affects each of us.  An understanding of Christ’s resurrection is essential for our faith.  It’s the focal point and very heart and soul of Christianity.  Allow me to share notes from a radio message by John MacArthur called, “Resurrection: The Key to Everything.”  He says the issue is not what proves the resurrection, but what does the resurrection prove?  I’m sorry I can’t fully reprint all the Scriptures cited, but if you can, look them up.

   1.  The resurrection proves the truthfulness of the Word of God.  In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter quotes David from Psalm 16 (Acts 2:25-32), which predicted Christ’s resurrection.  If Christ had not risen, Scripture would be proven false. The Scriptures’ prophesies of the ruling Christ all point to a risen Messiah.

   2.  The resurrection proves the deity of the Son of God.  While Christ’s miracles and testimony of the disciples point to Him as God, His resurrection demonstrates power only God has (Rom. 1:4).

   3.  His Resurrection proves the completion of the salvation of God (Rom. 4:25).  In order for God to declare us righteous, He had to raise Jesus from the dead.

     a.  Giving us eternal life depends on the resurrection.  In Rom. 5 we see that in Adam all died, but in Christ we can have life.

     b.  If Jesus hadn’t been raised and ascended to the Father, He couldn’t have sent the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16:7).  Without the Holy Spirit, there would be no Church.

     c.  He had to rise to forgive our sins.  Christ’s sacrifice was approved by God and accomplished what He intended according to His purposes..

     d.  Jesus must have risen to be able to intercede for us at the right hand of God.  I Jn. 2:1 tells us Jesus is our advocate with the Father.

     e.  His resurrection was crucial so He could give us spiritual gifts, which enable us to serve God and His people.

     f.  The resurrection grants spiritual power (matt. 28:18; Acts 1:8). 

     g.  His resurrection has given us a new position of blessing.  Eph. 1:3 says we’re blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ.

   4.  His resurrection proves the establishment of the church of God.  Matt. 16:18—“…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  Eph. 1:20-23 teaches Christ is the Head of the Church.

   5.  His resurrection proves the inevitability of the judgment of God (Jn. 5:21-30).  “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” (vv. 26-27).  He will return as the just Judge, jury, sentencer, and executioner. 

   6.  His resurrection proves the eternal bliss of the people of God.  It is our guarantee of it (Jn. 14:1-3).  If there’s no resurrection, there’s no place prepared for us and no heaven.

            Without Christ’s resurrection we have nonChristianity.

            In conclusion, I add the words of Paul from 1 Cor. 15: 17, 19—“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins…If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”

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