Why the Resurrection Matters and What It Means for Us
Today is Resurrection Sunday, Easter! Our Lord Jesus did not only die for our sins but was also “raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25)!
But we must remember what it was like for His disciples. The disciples had abandoned Jesus—Peter had even denied him not once or twice, but three times! They were hidden in an inner room, fearful that the Romans would be coming for them next. They were men without hope because they forgot Jesus’ own teaching about His death and resurrection. Read Luke’s account of the resurrection from Luke 24:1-12:
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves, and he went home marveling at what had happened.
Hallelujah to the risen Savior! Such glorious truths in this passage! We shall look at but a few:
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” These are such comforting words. This is the Scriptural answer to every doubt of Jesus’ continued physical life. Jesus is risen, triumphant over the grave! Let these words comfort you, fellow Christian: Your Savior lives!
“My Savior loves, my Savior lives; my Savior’s always there for me;
My God He was, My God He is, My God is always gonna be!”
– My Savior My God by Aaron Shust
Next, notice that “they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.” Upon remembering Christ’s words, the women had faith and rejoiced! They truly rejoiced, for they shared this joy with Jesus’ other followers, the apostles, “and all the rest.” Even so, the words of the Bible should be so precious to us that we are joyfully compelled to share its truths with others!
Finally, notice Peter; he “arose and ran to the tomb; stopping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves, and he went home marveling at what happened.” This is the same Peter who had denied Christ three times before, yet upon the resurrection, his faith sparks renewed. Jesus later even reinstates Peter. (I will cover that in a later post.) Suffice to say for now, know that no matter how you have failed in the past, see the open tomb: Jesus has already won the battle for you! In faith, you can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13)!
Hallelujah for the risen Lord and the empty tomb! Indeed, notice Paul’s words of just how important the resurrection is in 1 Corinthians 15:14-17, 20:
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. … But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Oh fellow Christian, rejoice! Our Lord is not dead but is risen! He is risen, indeed! And because He is risen, let us therefore live in light of this truth; let us conform to the image of Christ and walk in His steps!
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. –Romans 8:29