During the Advent season, our focus as Christians is usually on the birth of Jesus Christ. But the Good News of Christmas is about more than His birth. Jesus came for a purpose, and that purpose can’t be separated from His coming. He came to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Because of His sacrificial death on the Cross, we can be forgiven.
But if we stop here when sharing the Gospel, we are missing the equally important second fact that is also a part of the Good News. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus is not still on the Cross. He was buried in a borrowed tomb, but His body is not still in the tomb. He arose from the dead. He is alive forevermore!
So why is it so important that we believe Jesus is the Risen Lord? The resurrection of Jesus Christ is proof that He is who He claimed to be and that He accomplished what He came to accomplish.
Some reasons why the resurrection of Jesus Christ is important:
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a declaration that Jesus is the Son of God, as He claimed to be.
“(Jesus Christ) 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 ESV
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ means that we are justified or declared righteous before God.
“It will be counted (as righteousness) to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Romans 4:24-25 ESV
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ is our assurance that our sins have been forgiven.
“For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” I Corinthians 15:16-17 NKJV
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ is proof that He defeated death.
“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.” Romans 6:9 ESV
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ is our promise that those who know Him as Savior and Lord will also be raised from the dead.
“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 ESV
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ is our assurance that we who have placed our faith in Him will one day stand in His presence.
“knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.” 2 Corinthians 4:14 ESV
I am eternally grateful thank Jesus Christ paid the penalty for my sins through His sacrificial death on Calvary’s Cross. But I am also grateful that He is no longer dead. He is my RISEN LORD, and I hope He is your RISEN LORD also.