“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.”
What is it that makes Christianity different from any other religion in the world? It is the resurrection. Christianity is the only religion that has a living founder and Savior. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most critical element of Christian doctrine. Without the resurrection, Christianity would be nothing more than another religion of morals and ethics. So, what are some of the implications of the resurrection for us.
First of all, the resurrection is the validation of everything that Jesus taught and claimed during his time here on the earth. He claimed to be the Son of God. He claimed to be the one who would save those who were lost in sin. He took the curse of sin upon himself when he died on the cross. Without the resurrection we would have to believe that he is still under the curse of that sin.
Second, the resurrection of Jesus is the evidence that the power of death was broken by Jesus. Death came into this world through the first man, Adam. the power of death was removed by Jesus, the last Adam. His resurrection gave proof that death could no longer hold man in its grasp.
Third, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the guarantee of our resurrection. For believers in Jesus Christ, there is the assurance that death as we know it (physical death) is not the end. When Jesus rose from the dead with a glorified body, he opened the way for our resurrection as well. "But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." (1 Corinthians 15:20)
Easter is the most important holy day of the year for us. The death of Jesus deals with our past, by paying the penalty of our sin, and his resurrection assures our future, providing life eternal with him.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.