I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Why is the Resurrection Important?

What changed with the resurrection of Jesus?

The resurrection confirmed Jesus' claims about himself, that he was the Son of God in the flesh, the fulfillment of God's dealings with humankind.  No longer would people have to follow a set of rules to find salvation. (see Colossians 2:20-23) The old covenant was replaced by the new covenant and the proof was in the resurrection. Because Jesus lives, he is the Messiah.  He is the one to trust.  He is the one whom we can have a personal relationship with. Another way to look at this question is to ask what would be different if Jesus had not risen from the dead.  If there had been no resurrection, Christianity as we know it would not exist.  At most, Christians would be following the teachings of just another popular rabbi. His words simply would have been the same as countless words of other religious writings. People would be left with no other option for salvation than to strive for absolute obedience.  But the resurrection changed everything.  People follow Christ's teachings, not to become saved, but because they are saved. We have discovered something far better than knowing words; we have found what it means to know Him. Because He was raised from the dead, we can be too. We can live -- really live -- both now and through all eternity.

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen!  Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"  Luke 24:6-7


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