Easter Sunday is a time when many people attend church to celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the good news, the gospel of Jesus. Particularly, we focus on the resurrection part of Jesus’ life around Easter, and there are many things we can learn from His resurrection. Why is it important that he rose? That is the question we are going to answer in this study.
It is important to note that Jesus rose for many reasons. One of those reasons is to bring us justification. Romans 4:25 says, “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Justification, in this setting, means to make or set right. God raised Jesus from the dead to prove that God had won the victory and we can have hope of eternal life with Him. Romans 5:18 says “…so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.”.
Through this justification of our sins, we can have hope of eternal life. In John 11:25 Jesus tells us “I am the resurrection and the life”. Jesus is saying here that he is the “resurrection” or the victory over death and that he is the life. If he is life, death cannot overcome him. And it didn’t. Jesus rose from the grave and conquered death. 1 John 5:11-12 says, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” We can have eternal life through Jesus, because he resurrected.
Because Jesus resurrected, we can now have eternal life and resurrect in a spiritual body when he comes. 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 says, “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”. The power of the resurrection gives us hope that we will rise just like Jesus did, only in a spiritual body.
In conclusion, the resurrection of Jesus brings hope. It brings us justification of our sins, victory over death, and a hope of eternal life with God. As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, let us reflect on these things, because these things really are the power of the resurrection.