This is a strange week for me as my kids are off from school and my schedule is somewhat skewed. Because of that, my normal blogging pattern which typically takes place early in the morning is a little out of kilter. Rather than trying to force some fresh thoughts this morning, let me leave you with the thoughts of another man concerning the core of Easter and why we celebrate it this Sunday. I would really like for my friends that are not followers of Christ to consider what is below. If it is true that Jesus rose from the grave, should all of us not pay careful attention to what He said before and after His death? Something to ponder this week.
The basic truth of the resurrection undergirds a number of other truths.
1. It gives evidence that the Word of God is totally true and reliable. Jesus arose precisely when and in the way He had predicted (see Mt. 12:40; 16:21; 17:9, 23).
2. The resurrection means that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, as He claimed to be, and that He has power over life and death.
3. The resurrection proves that salvation is complete, that on the cross Christ conquered sin, death, and hell and rose victorious.
4. The resurrection proves that the church has been established. Jesus had declared, ”I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it” (Mt. 16:8)… His resurrection proved that death itself could not prevent Christ from establishing His church.
5. The resurrection proves that judgment is coming. Jesus declared that the heavenly Father “has given all judgment to the Son” (Jn. 5:22), and since the Son is now risen and alive, His judgment is certain.
6. The resurrection of Jesus Christ proves that heaven is waiting. Jesus promised, “In My house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you” (Jn. 14:2). Because Christ is alive by the resurrection, believers have the assurance that He is now preparing a heavenly dwelling for them.
- John MacArthur