It is the testimony of the Bible that Christ not only died for the sins of His people but that He was raised from the dead on the third day. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is foundational to Christianity. If Christ was not raised, then the gospel is a myth and our faith is useless (1 Corinthians 15:14). But since Christ’s resurrection is a historical fact, it validates everything that He both claimed to be and to do on our behalf.
The Resurrection Is Proof That Jesus Is the Son of God.
In John 2:18–19, the leaders of the Jews asked Jesus for a sign to show that He had the authority to cleanse God’s temple. In response, Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” In Romans 1:4, the apostle Paul wrote that Jesus was “declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” This does not mean that Jesus became the Son at the resurrection, but that the resurrection was the Father’s validation that Jesus was the eternal Son of God.
The Resurrection Is Proof That God Accepted Christ’s Death as Full Payment for Our Sin.
Romans 4:25 says that Christ “was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.” The meaning of the text is that God raised Jesus Christ because His death had satisfied God’s justice and secured the believer’s pardon and right standing before God (justification).
The Resurrection Is Proof of the Believer’s Future Resurrection.
In John11:25 Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” This promise would have proven null and void if Christ had remained in the tomb. His authority over death was demonstrated in His own resurrection. It proves that He has the power to raise to life all who believe in Him. In 1 Corinthians 6:14, the apostle Paul wrote, “God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.”
The Resurrection Is Proof That the World Has a Lord and a Judge.
The Bible teaches us that Christ was not only raised to life but that God exalted Him to be Lord and Judge over all creation. In the first sermon preached after the resurrection, the apostle Peter declared to the Jews, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). The apostle Paul also declared this truth:
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth. (Philippians 2:9–10)
God…commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteous-ness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead. (Acts 17:30–31)
The good news of the resurrection shows us that Christianity is not just a list of rules or a philosophy of life. It is not merely something to debate or hold a position on. At the heart of Christianity is the living person of Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus speaks through His Word, the Bible, today and powerfully saves sinners. Have you met Him? Has He saved you by the glorious accomplishment of His death and resurrection?