The core foundation of Christianity is founded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul tells us that without the resurrection, our preaching is useless as is our faith. (verse 14, 17, & 19). Without the resurrection, we have zero hope, and everything we've believed is a lie. The beauty of the resurrection is the reality that IT HAPPENED! Christ Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried and raised again on the third day.
What does this mean for us?
1.)The Resurrection of Jesus Christ has given us a living hope of eternity with Him--an inheritance that will never spoil, perish or fade (1 Peter 1:4)
Paul tells us in 1 Peter 1:3 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope THROUGH THE RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ from the dead."
2.) The Resurrection of Christ is a spiritual power at work within us; power to gain more and more victory over sin and power for ministry of the work of the kingdom.
In Ephesians 1:17-20, we see a prayer that Paul prayed. He asked that we are given a Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know Him better. In verses 19 and 20, Paul's prayer stated "and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms." The power is the working of God's mighty strength. This same power is the power that is inside of us as believers.
Paul also said that because we died with Christ, we are raised to a new life with Him through baptism. Because of His resurrection, we should consider ourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ. (Romans 6:4,11). 1 Corinthians 15:17 tells us that without the resurrection, we would still be in our sins, and Romans 6:14 says that sin should have no dominion over us, because of the grace given in resurrection. Grace is the power to do what God's Word tells us to do, and to do what is right according to the standard of His word. Our ministry, because of resurrection, is also given power for the work of the kingdom (Acts 1:8)
3.) The Resurrection of Jesus Christ insures our justification
Justification means that we are not guilty, but righteous in the eyes of God. The death and resurrection of Jesus was the perfect atonement for our sins. There is nothing else that needs to be completed in order for us to be right in the eyes of God.
"By raising Christ from the dead, God the Father was in effect saying that he approved of Christ’s work of suffering and dying for our sins, that his work was completed, and that Christ no longer had any need to remain dead. There was no penalty left to pay for sin, no more wrath of God to bear, no more guilt or liability to punishment—all had been completely paid for, and no guilt remained." (Systematic Theology, Wayne Grundem, Ch 28)
If you missed Sunday's sermon, click here to watch it!