The Resurrection Matters

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The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is an event of first importance. The apostle Paul said to the Corinthians,

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” ().

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ refers to that event in which He was raised to life. It occurred three days after His crucifixion (; ; ) and it took place on the first day of the week (). The resurrection of Christ was an event foretold by the prophets () and prophesied by Christ Himself (; ; ) – it was a necessary event (). After His resurrection He appeared to Mary Magdaline and other women (; ; ). He also appeared to the disciples (), to a crowd of about 500 () and later on to Paul (). The resurrection was the power of the Triune God on display (The Father: ; ; ; ; the Son: and the Holy Spirit: ).

The resurrection of Christ was clearly an amazing and miraculous event. But what does it mean for us? Why does it matter? It matters because “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (). Here are three reasons why the resurrection matters and why we ought to praise God for it.

It is the Basis of our Justification
Paul said concerning Christ, “who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (). The resurrection of Christ was a demonstration of the Father’s approval of what he accomplished at the Cross. This approval is extended to all who are in Christ Jesus.

It is the Basis of our Forgiveness
The Lord Jesus Christ died as a substitute for sinners at the cross. If He was not raised then His death was not effective. Paul said, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (). He was raised and thus secured forgiveness of sins for His people.

It is the Basis of our Hope
The hope of eternal life in a glorified bodied was secured by means of the resurrection. The apostle Peter said to his readers, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (). The believer can celebrate because one day, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet” () they will be changed and will receive an immortal body.

The resurrection matters. Let us praise the Lord for raising up His Son and give Him all the glory.

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,

46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,

40 but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear,

that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

[[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.

19 and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Mark 14:28

28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,

And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.

[[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

Acts 3:15

15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.

11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

John 10:18

18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

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Andrew Courtis

Andrew Courtis

ANDREW - Serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church. I am married to Dianne and we have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). I was born and raised in Melbourne, moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and have completed additional studies with the Australian College of Theology (MATh.). I have served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and am a qualified school teacher. I am committed to expository preaching and making the word of God known and understood.