QUESTION: WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRIST RESURRECTION?
Study References: John 1:29, I Cor. 5:7, Heb. 9:11-14. 1 Cor. 15:1-57.
Resurrection means; to come back to life after death. Jesus died on the cross for sin, but He came back to life three days after. Jesus' friends found His tomb was empty, and then they saw and even touched Him. For 40 days, Jesus proved He was alive and taught His followers. Then, Jesus went back to heaven to be with God. (Acts 1:3)
God the Father raised Christ from the dead, in fulfillment of the Scriptures and of Christ's own promises, declaring Christ to be His Son, and His acceptance of Christ's redemptive work, guaranteeing the justification, spiritual life and final resurrection of all believers.
The significance of Jesus' resurrection.
1. If Jesus had only died and never been resurrected, His death would have been like the normal death of a human. But the resurrection shows Jesus is both a man and the Son of God, with the power to come back to life. (John 10:17–18.)
2. If Jesus had stayed dead, He would still be under the punishment and power of sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). But Jesus Christ proved His victory over sin and death by coming back to life (1 Corinthians 15:55–57).
3. The resurrection proves God the Father accepted Jesus and His saving work on the cross (Acts 17:31). As God gave Jesus new life, He also gives new life in Christ to believers who were dead in sin (Ephesians 2:1–6). God saves believers who turn from sin and trust the Savior and Lord Jesus (1 John 1:9).
4. The resurrection shows God will give believers life again after they die. Just like God gave Jesus a resurrected body, God will one day give all believers perfect, resurrected bodies to live forever with Him. (1 Corinthians 15:35–57.)
5. The resurrection of Jesus proved his claim to be the Son of God. (Luke 11:20; John 10:18; John 11:25; John 14:6). If Jesus had not resurrected they would have seen him as an impostor or a blasphemer against God. But his resurrection gave him victory.
"Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be …" (1 Corinthians 15:3–4).
"But Christ really has been raised from the dead. He is the first of all those who will rise. Death came because of what a man did. Rising from the dead also comes because of what a man did" (1 Corinthians 15:17, 20).