In Matthew 16:21 Jesus predicted His resurrection – “From that time Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem…and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” The Resurrection confirms that Jesus is who He claimed to be.
The Resurrection proved Christ’s power to forgive sin. 1 Cor. 15:17 says “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins”.
By rising from the dead, Jesus proved His authority and power to break the bonds of sin and to assure forgiveness and eternal life to all who accept His gift of salvation.
The Resurrection revealed Christ’s power over death. Romans 6:9 says, “For we know that since Christ rose from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. The Resurrection secured our victory over death as well!!
The Resurrection of Christ brings hope. Today hopelessness and despair are everywhere, but in Christ there is hope that mistakes and sins can be forgiven. There is hope that we can have joy, peace, assurance and security in the midst of despair. There is hope that Christ is coming soon. There is hope that there will some day be a new heaven and a new earth. There is hope that the Kingdom of God will reign. What a wonderful hope we have of eternal life. Our hope is not in our own ability or in our goodness or in our physical strength. Our hope is instilled in us by the resurrection of Christ.
In Christ we are set free from the power of sin and death because He has conquered the grave and satisfied the wrath of God. In the light of this amazing truth, we ought to live every day, no longer for ourselves, but for the Glory of our Risen Saviour!!
Let’s never forget to celebrate and give thanks for the Resurrection of Jesus our Saviour – THE RESURRECTION HAS GIVEN US NEW LIFE!
Written by Patricia Coetzee