"The Significance of Christ’s Resurrection" (Apr2018)

The Significance of Christ’s Resurrection

The significance of Easter is often overlooked or distorted by churches in America. All too often, Easter Sunday is more of a “coming out” ritual, a part of the celebration of the commencement of Spring, than it is an observance and celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. Ladies can show off their new hats and outfits, once a year church attenders can show up and shock the preacher, and to give him his annual “shot” at them as they attend. But Easter is not about the fancy clothes but about the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

     He was unique, everything about him was unique. From the prophecies of His coming, to His birth, His life, His teachings, His miracles, to His death and resurrection, history’s most significant event. The validity of the claims about Jesus, his claims about Himself, rests on the Resurrection - - whether he rose from the dead or stayed in the grave. Many skeptics say that to believe in a risen Christ is nothing more than a blind leap of faith with little or no basis in truth. But when confronted with the facts, even those who are intellectually honest have been forced to admit that the Resurrection is an historical event based on irrefutable proofs. So the Resurrection sets Christianity apart, no other religious leader has broken the power of death and conquered sin. The Resurrection confirms that Jesus is who he claimed to be.

•     The Resurrection proved that Christ was divine. The fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross does not prove in itself He is God. Jesus proved His deity by fulfilling the prophecies of His death and by His return from the grave. The bible declares “and Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 1:4)

•     The Resurrection proved Christ’s power to forgive sin. “And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins” (1Corinthians 15:17). By rising from the dead, Jesus proved His authority and power to break the bonds of sin and to assure forgiveness and eternal life to all who accept His gift of salvation.

•     The Resurrection revealed Christ’s power over death. “We are sure of this because Christ rose from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.” (Romans 6:9) The Resurrection secured our victory over death as well. “For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms - - all because we are one with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6)

•     The Resurrection defeated God’s enemy. From the moment of his original rebellion until the day of the Cross, Satan fought viciously and cunningly to overthrow the kingdom of God, he must have thought he had dealt the final and decisive blow, but this was the devil’s most serious miscalculation. The Cross was heaven’s triumph. And when Jesus arose, the power of sin and death was forever shattered. Because of the Resurrection, Christians need never fear Satan or death again.

                                                                                                   (Excerpts from several commentaries)