The Power of the Resurrection
Easter is the most victorious holiday for a Christian. It’s through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we have redemption from our sins.
Good Friday is a solemn reminder of the cost of our sins. It’s a time when we pause and remember the agony Christ suffered in our place. The sinless One took the sins of the world, suffered excruciating pain, bore separation from the Father so that we might be reconciled to God through Him.
But Easter Sunday – Resurrection Sunday – that’s where the true power lies. If Christ died, but never rose again, there would be no life, no hope, no salvation. It was His conquering of death itself that sealed our salvation. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” Everything we believe is worthless if there is no resurrection. Worse, in verse 17 he says, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” Our faith isn’t only worthless, but our sin hasn’t been forgiven. We are still lost. So then what? Jesus was a good teacher who has taught us how to live a good life? “ If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15:19) It’s not the hope of this life that Jesus has given us, but the hope of the life to come! If this world is all there is for us to hope for, then we are pitiable people indeed.
Fortunately, that’s not the case, because He is risen! “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-22) Praise His name! A dead savior is no savior at all. Do you remember the words to the old hymn He Lives? “I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today. I know that He is living whatever men may say.” I’m so thankful that Christ not only died for my sins, but He rose again. Because of that I have life eternal. No matter how dark this world gets, I know this isn’t the end. What is suffered here is a mere vapor that will pass quickly. What we gain with Him will last for eternity.
If you’re skeptical about the resurrection and what Christians celebrate during Easter, I encourage you to look up either a book called The Case for Easter or The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel.
To my fellow believers, this is the season that we can rejoice! Though He was dead, now He lives! Through His death (and resurrection) we live, too. He is risen! He is risen indeed!