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Why the resurrection matters to you

By: john weirick

Jesus endured pain and suffering on the cross. He died with the weight of our sins on His shoulders. His body was placed in a tomb.

Everything seemed lost, especially to Jesus’ followers.

Three days passed and Jesus’ followers waited in fear and uncertainty. Did their leader and friend leave them with an impossible promise that He will suffer, die, but then come back to life (Luke 18:31-33)? Did He really have the ability to come back from a brutal death?

What We Miss Without the Resurrection

If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, we’d have no reason to celebrate Easter. We wouldn’t have the rest of the Bible, and the church wouldn’t exist.  

The entire structure of Christianity depends on whether or not Jesus rose from the dead because Christianity is about Jesus. Without the resurrection, our faith is pointless.

The entire structure of Christianity depends on whether or not Jesus rose from the dead.

If Jesus wasn't resurrected, we would not have hope. If Jesus wasn't resurrected, we’d have no way to be freed from the sins that hold us captive (1 Corinthians 15:16-19).

Hope seemed to die when Jesus did, but God wasn’t done. Jesus did rise. He is alive.

Three Reasons the Resurrection Matters

1. The resurrection proved God’s faithfulness.

Because Jesus conquered death, we have hope (1 Peter 1:3). Because Jesus rose from the dead, we have proof that God keeps His word and provides a better future for us than we could ever plan. Jesus fulfilled Old Testament promises by connecting people to God (Isaiah 61:8).

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God kept His word then, which means we can place complete confidence in Him to keep His word now.

2. The resurrection validated Jesus’ words.

Everything Jesus said would have been discredited if He hadn’t been resurrected. His credibility was on the line, and Jesus’s resurrection proved what He said was true. When Jesus told His followers to go out and share the good news with the world, they recognized Jesus’ authority and obeyed (Matthew 28:18-20).

3. The resurrection proved Jesus’ power.

Jesus was resurrected, and He resurrects us, too. We don’t just agree that Jesus was resurrected; we get to experience His resurrection in our own lives.

The resurrection allows us to leave sin behind and move forward with Christ (Romans 6:6-8). Jesus’ power over sin breaks the chains that hold us back, and He gives us new life that we could never attain on our own.

The resurrection matters because it’s the most significant demonstration of who Jesus is. God showed His love for us by sending Jesus to earth and inviting us to follow Him. Jesus showed us grace by dying for our sins and rescuing us from a life separated from God. God demonstrated His power when Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and came back to life.

The resurrection matters because Jesus is still alive and works in us today.

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