HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY. This is a “special” day for Christians because on this day Jesus, our passover lamb, after being killed, buried and sleeping in the grave arose with all power in His hand. The death of Christ simply reconciled us to God, but the life of Christ saved us. I got S.W.A.G., how about you? Jesus came back to life, that we might live. Jesus did not arise 1) spiritualy, nor did 2) His teaching simply live on. Jesus arose physically! John 1:29 says, “behold the lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world.” John 10:10 says, “…I have come that you may have life and that life more abundantly.” Also Luke 19:10 says, “the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost.” Jesus did each of these things. On the cross, He died to take away our sin (notice the word take away comes from the Greek word meaning to lift and carry off). However the resurrection of Jesus provided the life that we were missing. Let me give you an example of the cross and resurrection.
Let’s say you have cancer and you die because of it. If I was a doctor and I just gave you a cure for your disease, you would be a cured dead man. Now let’s say I did the opposite, meaning I just raise you from the dead without curing your disease, you would eventually find yourself dead again because the disease hasn’t be taken care of. Jesus came to cure our disease (which was sin…dealt with on the cross) and also restore life (which was dealt with at His resurrection). If there is no resurrection, we become beneficiaries of forgiveness, but we do not receive life to enable us to experience it. Let’s look at a few other significances of the bodily resurrection of Christ.
– it validates numerous O.T. and N.T. prophecies (Luke 24:19-27; Ps 16:10; Acts 2:24-35)
– demonstrates the deity of Christ and God’s approval of His redemptive work (Romans 1:4; Eph. 1:!8-21)
– comprises the central message of the Gospel (1 Cor 15:2-4; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:24; 4:8-11)
– the resurrection enables believers to live in the power of Jesus and not sin (Romans 6:4-12; 8:9-12; Phil 3:10-11)
– and according to 1 Cor 15 it:
1) assures us Christ is alive 2) preaching the gospel is not wasted effort 3) our faith is not in vain or worthless 4) we are not giving false testimony 5) we are not still dead in our sins 6) sin and death have been defeated 7) we will also be bodily resurrected and have a glorified body like Jesus.
We got Saved With Amazing Grace!!!!!
I pray that you continue to keep the main thing the main thing on this lovely day. Remember Jesus Christ is the firstfruits from among the dead. Happy Firstfruits Sunday or Happy Resurrection