Why is the Resurrection of Jesus so important?

By Steven Masood on 04/15/2022
Why is the Resurrection of Jesus so important?

The bodily, historical resurrection of Jesus is vital to our salvation. Among many claims, Jesus claimed, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26). During his ministry, Jesus mentioned many times his death and burial and that he would rise: “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise” (Mark 8:31;9:31; Matthew 16:21;17:23; 20:19; Luke 9:22; 18:33; John 20:9 and many others). After his resurrection, he reminded the disciples of what he had said and how the prophets of old had mentioned what would happen: “The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day” (Luke 24:46).

When according to the promise of Jesus, the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and disciples, boldly they stood up and preached Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection along with salvation through him only. In his sermon on the Pentecost day, Peter said to the crowd, “God raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear” (Acts 2:32-33).

 Jesus’ resurrection demonstrates that his death defeated death. His resurrection is evidence of victory over death (2 Timothy 1:10; Hebrews 2:14-15). The greatest miracle of all is to raise the dead so that one who died has finally conquered death and cannot die again. This is the great hope of the resurrection, which Jesus opened for all who will believe in him. It is not a vague notion of hope; not as often used “I hope so.” It is God who gives us this hope.

To the believers in his letter, Peter wrote, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Elsewhere, the Bible states:

 “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:21-23 ESV).

Through Adam, we lost our eternity with God; we died. By contrast, everyone who is in Christ (the second Adam) will be made alive to that eternity again to be in the fellowship of God again. The Bible presents Jesus as the firstborn from the dead mentioned elsewhere (Colossians 1:18; Revelation 1:5). As believers in Christ, through our repentance, baptism, and being given the gift of the Holy Spirit, we experience our spiritual resurrection. Still, we also await the promise of the resurrection on that Great Day.