The Importance of the Resurrection

But perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in the Council, “Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!” Acts 23:6

These words, uttered by the Apostle Paul as a brilliant defense strategy, truly sum up the glory of the day we commonly call Easter Sunday. The heart of Bible Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hope of resurrection it offers. These two ideas, Christ’s resurrection and the resurrection of His disciples, are constant themes in Paul’s preaching and writing. Consider just a few examples:

  • When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead; (Acts 13:29-30)
  • having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.    (Acts 24:15)
  • But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. (1 Cor 15:13-14)
  • indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; (2 Cor 1:9)

Why so much emphasis on the resurrection? We could say more, but consider at least three profound reasons:

Because of what the resurrection proves about Jesus of Nazareth.

  • who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,    (Rom 1:4)
  • because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead. (Acts 17:31)

Because the resurrection is the only answer to our greatest problem—death!

  • And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment (Heb 9:27)
  • For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 6:23)
  • Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies”  (John 11:25)

Because you must believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ in order to be saved.

  • that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved Rom 10:9

Someone once said, “Christianity is built on the fragrance of an empty tomb.” That is simply another way of saying, “I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!”

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