14 Powerful Accomplishments of the Resurrection of Christ
In Philippians 3:10 Paul is saying what the focus of his life is…..
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
The Resurrection of Christ changes everything. The death of Jesus is one thing but the fact that Christ was raised from the dead is the game changer and is the key to the power of Christianity. In fact the resurrection of Christ achieved 14 powerful things:
1) Affirms all that Jesus said.
The truth about everything Jesus taught depends upon and is proved by His resurrection. It gives authority to His words, especially His own prediction that He would conquer the grave
31And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
The resurrection of Christ validates His Message and Mission. More than that, the Resurrection…
2) Confirms Who Jesus is.
He was not merely a martyred teacher. The fact that He conquered death confirms us that He is our promised Messiah. The Resurrection shows that His sacrifice was acceptable to the Father. It clarifies His Lordship and provides proof of His deity. The Person and work of Christ are ratified and confirmed by His rising from the tomb.
3) Vindicates Christ’s suffering and death.
Jesus died intentionally, to purchase our salvation – and He did not die in vain.
How can we know if His death has saving power for our behalf? The Resurrection proves that His mission was fully accomplished.
4) Conquers death for us.
“I am the resurrection and the life…Because I live, you shall live also” Jesus assures us
Because Jesus rose from the grave, death is no longer an issue for us. We replace fear with confidence and security.
5) Manifests the justice of God.
11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
He took our punishment which the justice of God demanded.
6) Frees us from our sins.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
We died with Christ. We were raised with Christ. Sin has no power over a dead person. And now we walk in freedom from sin.
7) Defeats Satan.
14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
The armies of hell thought they’d won on Good Friday, but Hell’s party was cancelled after only three days! The devil is no longer our Master – we serve a risen Lord, whose victory over evil is assured.
8) Honours humankind in an unparalleled way.
For God so loved humans…..
The King of the Universe reaches down to us, and in so doing, He raises our value and worth.
The resurrection obtains righteousness for us
2 Corinthians 4:22
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
9) Displays the power of God.
We are living in a world in which God has the last word. Skeptics deny that God could or would act in the world. Easter declares that God is involved in His creation.
He is not remote or detached– He chooses to come in the Person of Christ to offer Himself as a ransom for many. And Jesus rightly asserted that after laying down His life He had “authority to take it up again”
18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
10) Provides the basis for Kingdom-building.
Because He lives, we have work to do.
We have a task at hand to live and communicate our faith. What we do for Jesus will last, will be effective; our efforts will not be in vain. The Resurrection is our foundation upon which we build.
The risen Christ authorizes us in the Great Commission to “go and make disciples.”
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations … And behold, I am with you always even to the end of the age.
11) Demonstrates the uniqueness of Christianity.
All other religious founders are dead.
We serve as living Saviour. The Resurrection sets our faith apart.
12) Sustains our hope.
Because Jesus rose, we are established in the certain hope that we too shall rise again. Peter writes, “By God’s great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
I Pet 1:3
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
13) Reveals a new way of being human.
We now live in the power of the Resurrection, which permeates all we do
10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Every endeavor of ours is affected by the risen Christ.
It frees us to be ourselves and removes the slavery of sin.
14) Christ’s resurrection is essential.
Should we remove the Resurrection, the Christian message would completely unravel. Christianity is a “resurrection movement” (N.T. Wright).
This doctrine is a crucial, fundamental, non-negotiable truth of our faith. We exist because of Jesus’ resurrection.
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