And on the third day Jesus Christ arose from the dead, and He was transformed and clothed with awesome glory. Hallelujah!!
1 Corinthians 15:12-21 Reads:
"12 But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? 13 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. 15 And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. 16 And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. "
That passage, explains and re-affirms the reason for it all. It explains to us that without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there will be no need for us to preach the gospel (imagine that!) it would mean that we will still be on a permanent fast track to hell, with no hope at all. But Jesus gave us hope, He went into the pits of hell, defeated death, got back the dominion the enemy stole from us and gave us the victory through His resurrection, so that we might be resurrected to be with Him on that faithful day! Hallelujah!
The resurrection of Jesus Christ also assures us of the following and much more:
- It demonstration of the true power of God, as written in Ephesians 1:19-21 it reads "19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come"
- It explains Romans 10:9, which reads "we are told how to be saved. It says that "if you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." This means that we cannot be a Christian unless we believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- By His resurrection, Jesus Christ secured our justification as explained in Romans 4:25, which reads "He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God." Imagine that! He made us right with God...!!!
- It also assures us that the our whole Christian life is in the power of His resurrection. This is explained in Romans 6:4: " For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. " Praise God!!!
Have a wonderful Easter Sunday, not forgetting to thank and make the almighty God even more famous than you did yesterday.
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