On April 4, billions of people around the world will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Of course, we remember his resurrection every Sunday, but what a joy that so many also remember him every year at this time!
What if Jesus had not risen from the dead? What would we be missing? In a word, everything!
“If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17)
If Jesus hadn’t returned to life as he promised he would, we would have no hope of eternal life with God in heaven.
Here are three other reasons Jesus’ resurrection matters:
His resurrection proved God’s faithfulness.
Because Jesus conquered death, we have proof that God keeps his promises and will provide an eternal home for those who have faith in him. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He kept his word then, so we can be confident he will always keep his word.
His resurrection validated Jesus’ words.
Jesus promised his disciples he would rise from the dead. If he were still in the grave, everything he said would have been discredited. His resurrection proved what he said was true.
His resurrection proved Jesus’ power.
Jesus was resurrected, and he has promised we will be too, someday. We don’t just agree that he was raised from the dead; we will get to actually experience that ourselves!
The resurrection allows us to leave sin behind and move forward with Christ. His power over sin breaks the chains that hold us back, and he gives us new life 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. The Father demonstrated his power when his Son paid for our sins on the cross and came back to life.
The resurrection matters because with it, we have a hope of eternal life!