Happy Resurrection Day! He is Risen! Jesus is alive!
I have a few brief thoughts to share with you about Resurrection Sunday:
(1) “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. I was dead, but look — I am alive forevermore, and I hold the keys to death and Hades.” – Rev. 1:17-18
(2) “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” – John 11:25-26
(3) Read Matthew 28
(4) The whole of the Christian faith rests upon the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the grave. The resurrection validates what Christ accomplishes in his crucifixion. If Jesus had just merely died, there would be no salvation. He would have died and remained dead like every other person that had lived before him. He would’ve been an imposter. However, the good news isn’t just that Jesus died, but that he died for us and he rose again from the grave!
(5) What makes Jesus’ prophecy of his own death and resurrection (Mark 8:31) special is that Jesus said he would be raised bodily (Jn. 2). Without speaking to a physical resurrection, Jesus’ words could have been misconstrued for mere visions of Jesus, illusions of Jesus, or even delusions. However, he said he would be bodily resurrected. You could touch him. You could feel the nail imprints in his flesh, and the spear-sized hole in his side. The gospels say that Jesus even ate with his disciples after his resurrection to show that his body was real. The apostle Paul says that Jesus appeared to hundreds of people between his resurrection and ascension (1 Cor. 15).
(6) Why is the resurrection of Jesus good news? What does it mean? I will list just 4 implications, though more could be said.
- It confirms Jesus’ identity. It validates what he said about himself – that he is the Son of God. We can have confidence in all he did and spoke because he did what he promised he would do: die and rise again. All of His promises are true and trustworthy. He is the only Savior.
- It verifies the power and authority of Christ.  He has power to forgive sins because he bore our sins and has overcome their grip.  He has power over death. Death could not hold him. The grave could not keep him. Death has lost its sting. It is a defeated foe, and will be once and for all defeated on the Last Day.  It defeated the devil. He, too, is a defeated foe. His fate is sealed (Rev. 12 & 20)
- Guarantees our resurrection. Because Jesus arose, in him, we too will rise.
- Empowers you in the Christian life. The same power that raised Christ from the grave is the same power that enables you to walk with God. The resurrection is about giving and guaranteeing you new life – a different life, a better kind of life – eternal life. There is peace with God and one another, forgiveness of sin, joy, love, identity, and purpose because Jesus provides all of this in this one time and for all finished work.
(7) “Truly I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.” – John 5:24
(8) What you do with Jesus, his crucifixion, and his resurrection matters for all of eternity. Either you will receive Christ and his work accomplished on your behalf, or you will reject him. There is no middle ground. Heaven and hell, salvation and condemnation, a fulfilled life in Christ now and a life wasted – all hang in the balance. The resurrection of Jesus doesn’t allow for any other alternatives.