Why is the Resurrection Significant?
For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. Romans 6:9
So many of us, myself included, get caught up in all the traditions that complement the Easter holiday. We have the Easter Bunny, dying Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets/candy, Easter outfits, etc. While these traditions are innocent and fun, I wonder if we ever pause and truly consider the magnitude of the Resurrection, what it proves and what it means to us as believers.
First of all, the Resurrection proves Jesus’ deity by fulfilling the prophecies of His death and His return from the grave. What does this mean for us? We serve a God who fulfills His promises, who loves us so much. He was willing to die for us and is the only One who conquered the grave. Second, the Resurrection proves Christ’s power to forgive sin. The Bible tells us, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). What does this mean for us? Because Jesus proved His power to break the bonds of sin and assures forgiveness, everyone who accepts His gift of salvation will have eternal life.
In addition to Jesus’ deity and His power to forgive sin, the Resurrection also proves Christ’s power over death. In our key verse today, Romans 6:9, we read that death no longer has any power over Him. What does this mean for us? We have a secured victory over death and will be united with Christ in the heavenly realms. Lastly, the Resurrection defeated the enemy Satan. From the moment of his rebellion, the devil has fought cunningly to overthrow the kingdom of God, but the battle has already been won. What does this mean for us? Christians do not need to ever fear Satan or death again!
Today’s Prayer: Lord, I pray that You will help me to remember and embrace the realities of the Resurrection and to walk empowered to live for Christ throughout this Easter season. In Jesus’ name, Amen.