In my previous post, What is so “good” about Good Friday, I listed a few of the things that Scripture says were accomplished by Christ’s death on the cross. But I also acknowledged the centrality of the resurrection to Christianity. Our faith is worthless if Christ is not alive. Instead of evidences for the resurrection (of which there are many that I would be happy to discuss), here are some evidences of what was accomplished in the resurrection of our Lord:
- The resurrection is evidence that Jesus is the Son of God (Romans 1:4), and that He was speaking the truth when he said he would be raised in three days (John 2:19) and when he claimed to be “the resurrection and the life”. (John 11:25)
- The resurrection is evidence that Christ’s sacrifice was accepted and our justification is complete. (Romans 4:25)
- The resurrection is evidence that there is life beyond this life. (1 Corinthians 15:12)
- The resurrection is evidence that our preaching and our faith are not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:14)
- The resurrection is evidence of our assurance that our faith is not futile and our sins can be forgiven. (1 Corinthians 15:17)
- The resurrection is evidence for our assurance that those who belong to Christ will also be raised with Him. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
- The resurrection is evidence that we have a living intercessor before God. (Hebrews 7:25)
- The resurrection is evidence that new birth is possible. The cross secured atonement for sin, but it takes a living Savior to apply salvation. (1 Peter 1:3)
- The resurrection is evidence that Christ will reign at the consummation of all things. (Revelation 5:5-6, Revelation 12:10-11)
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
That is the gospel that will be preached in churches all over the world today.
He is risen indeed!