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What Does the Resurrection Mean?
March 22, 2013, 9:05 pm
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Jesus Empty Tomb

People have stated that to deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ is to attack the foundation of Christianity.  Others have said that if a person could remove the resurrection from Christianity, there would be no Christianity.  What is it that makes the resurrection so important?  What is it that makes the resurrection worth celebrating?  What makes the resurrection the central truth of Christianity?

First, it is Christ’s resurrection that insures our regeneration.  Peter stated in 1 Peter 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”  Plainly stated, Peter was reminding his original audience, and us by extension, that the resurrection is what has provided us the hope that we shall also be raised one day.  Just as Christ was raised bodily, we, too, shall be.

In addition to insuring our regeneration, Jesus’ resurrection also insures our justification and provides our standing before God as clean.  In Romans 4:25, Paul says, “He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”  Without Jesus’ resurrection, we would have no means by which to be declared clean.  Again, to state this overtly, if Jesus died and remained dead, then He was no Savior at all and must have died for His Own sin.  Since we know Jesus had no sin, and because He was raised, we can know that we also can be declared clean before a holy God that will allow nothing less than perfection to enter His presence.

Lastly, not only does Christ’s resurrection insure our regeneration and justification, but it also gives us a clue about the body we will one day receive in our resurrection.  Paul described this truth in 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

As you celebrate this coming Easter and the rest of life from there, let us keep these truths in mind.  Let us also respond to those truths by setting aside all sin, surrendering our wills as well as actions to Christ’s Lordship and let us sing God’s praise for the wonder and wonderfulness of the reality of the resurrection.

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