Holy week ended on a sad note with the death and burial of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. While Jesus repeatedly told His followers that He would be back from the grave, none believed Him. Even the disciple closest to Jesus, the Apostle John, was hiding with the other disciples. The tomb had been sealed and guarded. When Sunday morning came, the stone had been rolled away, the guards were nowhere to be found and the tomb was empty. The resurrection had indeed occurred, just as He said. Triumph and Contrast.
You can read the complete account of the resurrection in Matthew 28:1-15, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-12 and John 20:1-18.
The significance of the resurrection of Jesus
Salvation from the penalty of sin
When sin entered the world because of the disobedience of one man, Adam, (Genesis 3), despair set in. Man tried everything he could think of to restore the relationship with God. The resurrection of Jesus ushered in the needed restoration. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
As we look around us today, we see hatred and bitterness, senseless killing of innocent souls, lack of trust in our leaders. When will it end? Have we turned our back on God and Jesus? Surely not, because our hope is in the Jesus who conquered the cross.
- Everyone needs salvation because we have all sinned. (Romans 3:10-12)
- The price (or consequence) of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
- Jesus died for our sins. He died on the cross for you and I. (Rom 5:8)
- We receive salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:9-10)
Since we have been made right with God by our faith, we have peace with God. This happened through our Lord Jesus Christ, (NCV)
So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty. (NCV)
Eternal security (life)
The Apostle John records several verses related to eternal security (life).
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus say, “A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life—life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10, NCV)
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never die, and no one can steal them out of my hand. 29 My Father gave my sheep to me. He is greater than all, and no person can steal my sheep out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:27-29, NCV)
I write this letter to you who believe in the Son of God so you will know you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13, NCV)
Empowered by the Holy Spirit
Even though the Holy Spirit does come until after Jesus’ ascension, we know the Holy Spirit does come based on Acts 2.
The Holy Spirit dwells in us. 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19
Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. (1 John 3:24)
We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4:13)
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5)
Jesus tell us in Acts 1:8, “we will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses…”
Hebrews 10:21-23 says:
Since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
Love and grace come from the cross, hatred and bitterness is not. God’s love and grace is not based on our goodness or how we perform but rather on the Cross. We are all God’s children when we accept His son, Jesus Christ, who gave His life for all of us. Receiving the love of Jesus and living in his love everyday, is the first and most essential step in having a life worth living and love worth giving. Jesus gave His life for you so now is the time to give your life to Him.
We can have the assurance of where we will spend eternity.
If you were to die today, do you know where you will spend eternity?
Have you accepted the gift of salvation that Jesus offers?
Would you pray with me –
I repent of my sins.
Come into my heart.
I want you to be my LORD and SAVIOR and accept you as such.
Thank You for taking my place on that cross.
Thank you for giving me a new life.
In Jesus Name,