Friends

Jesus has Risen, He has Risen indeed!  For Christians, those should be some of the most powerful words ever spoken.  But, have you ever thought why the resurrection of Jesus is so important to our faith?

I want to share several reasons why.

First, the resurrection witnesses to the immense power of God Himself.  To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God.  If God exists, and if He created the universe and has power over it, then He has power to raise the dead.  If He does not have such power, He is not worthy of our faith and worship.  Only He who created life can resurrect it after death, only He can reverse the hideousness that is death itself. Only He can remove the sting and gain the victory over the grave, I love how Paul writes this in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 NLT, Jesus from the grave, God reminds us of His absolute authority over life and death. 

Second, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is also important because it validates who Jesus claimed to be, namely, the Son of God and that was the Messiah.  Jesus said His resurrection was the “sign from heaven” that validated His ministry. Look at Matthew 16:1-4  NIV, and the proof that He had authority over even the temple in Jerusalem, read John 2:18–22 NIV.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ, proved to hundreds of eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3–8 Living Bible), provides indisputable proof that He is the Savior of the world.

Third reason- the resurrection of Jesus Christ is important in that it proves His sinless character and divine nature.  The Scriptures said God’s “Holy One” would never see corruption (Psalm 16:10 NKJV), and Jesus never saw corruption, even after He died.  It was based on the resurrection of Christ that Paul preached in Acts 13:38-39 GNT,

“...it is through Jesus that the message about forgiveness of sins is preached to you; you are to know that everyone who believes in him is set free from all the sins from which the Law of Moses could not set you free.”

Finally, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is not only the ultimate proof of His deity; it also validates the Old Testament prophecies that foretold of Jesus’ suffering and resurrection, Paul shares this with everyone who would listen, Acts 17:3 NIV, “explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead.  ‘This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,’ he said.”

Christ’s resurrection also authenticated His own claims that He would be raised on the third day (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34 NIV).  If Jesus Christ is not resurrected, then we have no hope that we will be, either.  In fact, apart from Christ’s resurrection, we have no Savior, no salvation, and no hope of eternal life.  As Paul said 1 Corinthians 15: our faith would be “useless,” the gospel would be altogether powerless, and our sins would remain unforgiven.

The Word of God guarantees the believer’s resurrection at the coming of Jesus Christ for His church at the rapture.  Such assurance results in a great song of triumph as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:55 NIV, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

The importance of the resurrection of Christ has an impact on our service to the Lord now!  He is coming again!  

There is no doubt that Jesus physically rose from the grave, but do you believe it?  This week’s message discusses the idea of “What it means to believe in Jesus” 

The word “believe” in the Bible means more than simply agreeing in our minds that something might be true.  It means “trust”—that we believe so strongly in God that we are willing to commit our lives to Him and live the way we know He wants us to live.

Suppose you were walking along a path and you came to a bridge which crossed a deep canyon.  You might look at it and believe that it would hold you, and you might even see other people walking across it, so you know it would hold your weight.  But so far, your “belief” in the bridge is only in your head.  When do you really believe the bridge will hold you?  You only really believe it when you are willing to commit your life to it and walk across it.

It is the same way with Christ.  Yes, we can believe that God exists, but God wants us to come to know Him personally.  And He has bridged the gap between us by sending His Son to remove the barrier of sin and become that “bridge.”  To believe in Christ is to commit our lives by faith to Christ—to trust in Him personally as our Lord and Savior.  My prayer is that you will come to truly believe in Christ.

Is faith simply a frame of mind?  Some see it that way — a passive attribute of a Christian waiting to see what God has in store for you: a promotion, cancer, depression, betrayal, blessing, wealth, or injustice.  They might say, “I’ll just wait to see what God is going to do for me and go with the flow.”  But that’s foolish talk

Faith is active.  It’s not passive.  It’s a commitment!  Look at your lifestyle and see what kinds of actions follow because of it.  If you have got a faith that’s real, it can be demonstrated.

If you have been baptized you made a statement to God and the people around you. You said, “I’m in!”  But it doesn’t stop at baptism — not by a long shot!  What else do you do?  You start following the pattern of Jesus.  Faith is proven by how we live. And don’t misinterpret this.  Your salvation is not based on your works.  The things you do — your walking-around, everyday life — won’t get you into Heaven.  Your actions don’t make you a Christian; they show you’re a Christian.

Make Every Day Count!

Barry

Come Sunday and learn the how to of Faith!