The Importance of Christ’s Resurrection
It would not be exaggerating to say that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of Christian belief. The truth of Jesus rising from the dead is often taken for granted by an unbelieving, secular world, who with steadfast commitment to methodological naturalism casually comment, “dead people stay dead. After all, who has ever come back from the dead?” That’s not true, because Jesus did come back from the dead,
and the Risen One did not delay in making himself seen to the apostles, and all those who witnessed, yielded to this reality. At that moment, the church was born, not as an institution, but as a group of people coming to terms with witnessing something far larger and grander than they had ever dared to want or imagine. Two thousand years later, Christians still relive that unspeakable emotion that overcame the
apostles when they heard the voice of the risen Lord, “Peace be with you.” Here, we are going to take a quick look at the significance of Christ’s resurrection.
It’s Central to Our Christian Faith
The resurrection of Jesus is a crucial historical fact because it confirmed for the disciples that Jesus was indeed no ordinary man. While the early disciples were unlearned men, even they knew that dead people stay dead. So, imagine their astonishment when they witnessed the risen Lord standing before them three days after he had risen from the dead. Different from his friend Lazarus (John 11:38-44) who would experience death once again, Christ’s resurrection stands as a giant exclamation point which separates Jesus Christ from all other mortals. The resurrection was not only proved that there was life after death, or that Jesus is God, the resurrection announced the beginning of a kingdom.
It’s the Fulfillment of God’s Word and the Bases of Our Salvation
The resurrection is God’s solution to man’s state of spiritual death. Man has two problems; the sickness called sin, which leads to the second problem – death, but the physical death
and spiritual separation from God. Christ’s death on the cross was the solution to the sickness of sin. In this way, Christ had to pay the ultimate penalty for sin. Christ’s resurrection is the declaration that the debt of sin has been paid. By witnessing the resurrection of Christ, humans now have a cure for the sickness. The empty tomb and Jesus appearing to the disciples are both powerful evidence that death is not the termination of our soul. Christ’s triumph over the dark specter of death is Heaven’s pledge to us that we too shall be raised. It’s a Blessing to Those Who Believe and Have Not Seen Just as the angels rolled away the stone to Jesus’ tomb not so He could get out, but so that others could get in and see that the tomb was empty. Similarly, Christ’s resurrection was not just for Jesus but for all of God’s people. if the cross is the victory over sin, then the empty
tomb is victory over death. As the Scriptures had previously prophesied in Isaiah, Jesus would be cut off from the living and then brought back to prolonged life. Jesus rose from the dead first, but His resurrection was an indication of what was to come in our resurrection.
It’s an Offer of Love and Eternal Fulfillment to All People
The resurrection of Christ is not rooted in mythology or mere symbolism, it is a concrete
event that has been confirmed with convincing proofs. Christ’s resurrection tells the world that the kingdom of God is ruled by a living sovereign. While all men, including the prophets, are dead and their bones lie dormant in the earth, Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity appeared to John 60 years after his death on the island of Patmos, and said to John, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.” — Revelation 1:17-18. The resurrection of the Son of God not only signifies the wonderful Biblical truths, but also represents the assurance that we can have forgiveness from our sins. So, great is the joy of those who believe in our redemption that we have been given that even the fault itself seems worthy of being blessed. “O felix culpa, quae talem ac tantum meruit habere Redemptorem! O happy fault, which gained for us so great a Redeemer!” (Easter Proclamation).