Easter Sunday is usually a pretty busy day for me. Dressing kids in Easter outfits, packing diaper bags and putting on shoes, buckling babies in car seats, herding my family into church, rushing out after the service for Easter lunch with family...
Before I know it, the day is over and I’ve hardly spent any time thinking about what we’re celebrating!
It’s so easy to let the busyness of the holiday get in the way of meditating on Jesus’ resurrection and what it means for me.
I’ve been reading and studying the resurrection recently, and I’ve come up with a few reasons why Jesus’ resurrection is so important.
Here are 4 truths about the resurrection to help you to step back from the craziness and focus on the reason we celebrate Easter.
"And was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 1:4)
Throughout the gospels, we read about Jesus turning water into wine, giving a blind man his sight, making a crippled man walk again, and performing many other miracles.
These give us a glimpse of his power, of who he is, but the resurrection makes it clear.
Only God could bring himself back from the dead.
The resurrection eliminates any doubts about Jesus’ identity.
The resurrection demonstrates to the world that Jesus is God.
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain...And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins...But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17, 20)
According to the Apostle Paul, if Christ hadn’t been raised from the dead, our faith would be vain and futile.
Think about that for a minute.
Without the resurrection, we could just add Jesus to the list of good teachers throughout history.
He would simply be a leader who made some audacious claims about who he was.
Christians would be a crazy group of people worthy of everyone’s pity.
If Jesus had stayed in the tomb, I would still be dead in my sinfulness.
If Jesus had stayed in the tomb, my faith would be useless.
If Jesus had stayed in the tomb, I’d be wasting my time believing in something silly and meaningless.
But, Christ has been raised from the dead!
In his death, he paid for our sin.
Because Jesus never sinned, death had no hold over him.
By rising from the dead, he defeated sin, and it’s power, death.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, my sins are forgiven and paid for, and I can live a new life in Christ.
Jesus’ resurrection makes salvation possible and gives my faith meaning.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:11-13)
The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in me- that’s a lot of power at my disposal!
In Romans 8, Paul says that I can “put to death the deeds of the body” by the Spirit.
In other words, the Spirit-the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead-helps me to fight against temptation and kill sin! This truth is unbelievable!
What would happen if I lived each day with that truth at the forefront of my mind?
When temptation is strong and I struggle against my flesh, remembering the power that lives in me energizes me to fight and have victory over my sin.
These three truths about the resurrection really make a difference in my day-to-day life!
Because Jesus came back from the dead, I know that he is God. The One I worship is truly God, and his resurrection proves that.
This gives me confidence and assurance in my faith.
Because of the resurrection, death is defeated, my sins are forgiven, and I live a new life in Christ.
Meditating on these truths gives me joy and purpose!
The same Spirit, the same power that brought Jesus back to life resides in me, giving me the strength to have victory over my sin.
When I remember this, I am so encouraged and empowered to kill sin and live for Christ.
These are just a few reasons why the resurrection is so important.
As we approach Easter weekend, I hope you spend some time thinking about Jesus’ resurrection and the difference it makes for your life.
The resurrection really does make all the difference.
Jesus' resurrection changes everything.
Alexandra is married to her high school sweetheart Tim and mama to MaryKate, Oliver, and Sunny. She earned her Bachelors in Music from Cornerstone University and enjoys teaching piano lessons and leading worship at Allendale Baptist Church. She is also a business owner providing social media management and marketing for local businesses. When she's not wrangling her active littles, she's probably drinking a latte or rearranging her living room. Again.