Consider the fact that He said He would rise from the dead: “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and… rise again.” Matthew 20:18-19.
And He did rise again: “He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:6.
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.” I Corinthians 15:20.
The tremendous importance of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ can be seen in the following facts:
l. His resurrection is a vital feature of the Gospel.
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” I Corinthians 15:3-4.
“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” II Timothy 2:8.
2. His resurrection is necessary to our salvation.
“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” I Corinthians 15:17.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9.
3. His resurrection is necessary to our justification.
The promise is that righteousness shall be imputed to us “if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” Romans 4:24-25.
4. His resurrection is necessary to our fruitfulness.
“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” Romans 7:4.
5. His resurrection is necessary to our consecration.
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.” II Corinthians 5:14-15.
6. His resurrection is necessary to our security.
“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:34.
“Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25.
7. His resurrection is necessary to our resurrection.
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.” I Thessalonians 4:14.
“For our conversation is in Heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.” Philippians 3:20-21.
The Saviour Himself said: “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46-47.
What does a crucified, buried, risen, exalted and glorified Saviour mean to you?
Courtesy of LeTourneau Evangelistic Center