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Why We Celebrate Christ’s Resurrection

Today is Easter. All around the world, people are gathered to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. But why? Why is Jesus’s resurrection from the dead a big deal? His sacrifice on the cross paid the death debt that our sin earned. Wasn’t that enough?

While Jesus’s death on the cross was enough to pay for our sins, our ultimate joy is found in His resurrection. In Romans 4:25, Paul writes that Christ was “delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” Do you know what that word “justification” means? Justification is a big word that means that we have been declared innocent. God thinks of our sins as forgiven. He sees Christ’s righteousness as ours, and He declares us to be righteous in His sight. Christ’s resurrection ensures our justification!

By raising Christ from the dead, God was saying that His act of redemption was complete once and for all, and He approved of it! There was no penalty left to pay for sin; it had been completely paid for.

In Ephesians 2:6, Paul also writes, “And God raised us up with Christ…” That means that, because of our union with Christ, God’s declaration of approval of Christ is also His declaration of approval of us!

Christ’s resurrection proved once and for all that sin had no power over Him. It proved that even death couldn’t separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). And it showed that when we place our trust in Him, asking Him for forgiveness of our sins and surrendering all that we are to all that He is, we can have hope. And not just any hope but hope that the one that loves us conquered death so that we could be with Him!

Reflect:

  • Spend some focused time today reflecting on what the resurrection means in your life. Thank God for the work He has done to show His love to you.
  • What is your next step of faith? Ask God to reveal it to you today. If you need help with this, you can find next step resources here
  • What’s one thing you can do to begin taking your next step this week?

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