As we approach the Easter Season many Christians are reminded of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
But, why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ so important and why, after two thousand years do so many people continue to celebrate this event?
Well, the short answer is the resurrection of Jesus Christ proved or manifested that He successfully made payment for sin.
For a child of God, the resurrection is the basis upon which all his or her hope of salvation stems.
Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter Sunday would have no meaning, and worse, all the hope Christ’s people may have would be lost. All those for whom Christ died would then become the most miserable and hopeless people on earth!
God wrote through the pen of the Apostle Paul these words in I Corinthians 15 verses 13 to 20:
“But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain: ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.”
To understand the importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ we must first understand who is Jesus Christ and why He needed to be resurrected.
Jesus Christ is very God Himself in the person of a human being.
And, the reason Jesus Christ needed to be resurrected was because He died.
Why did He die?
Jesus Christ was put to death for sin.
But, it must be understood that Jesus Christ was put to death, not by Jews or by Roman soldiers, but by God, His Father, as payment for sin.
Jesus Christ was put to death by His Father for the sins of all His people.
“And she [Mary] shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
You see, every time a human being sins or disobeys God’s commands, he or she becomes subject to death.
“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4
In Romans chapter 6 verse 23 God wrote:
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Jesus died in order to save each and every one of His people.
For anyone of us to be saved, Jesus had to die in our place.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ proved the payment for our sin was accomplished, provided we are one of Christ’s people.
So, you can begin to see the importance of the resurrection and how it proves that though Jesus Christ was put to death for the sins of His people, He nevertheless was resurrected back to life again.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ manifests that everything in which a true Christian believes, or hopes has been obtained.
The resurrection means victory! It means death no longer has any hold upon those for whom Christ died.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I Corinthians 15: 55&57
What a glorious hope!
Lord willing, we will discuss when Christ’s resurrection from the dead actually took place in future blog posts.