Did you notice how many stores were still open on Resurrection Sunday — and how many weren’t last Christmas? Across the board, companies tend to close down to celebrate Christmas, but in many ways, Resurrection Sunday is far more significant than Christmas. Granted, we wouldn’t be able to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection if He hadn’t been born, but the implications of Resurrection Sunday are far greater and longer-lasting than those of Christmas.
Paul spells out the importance of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. In this passage, he’s addressing a disagreement between the Sadducees and the Pharisees.
In that time, people were preaching that Christ was raised from the dead. The problem? The Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection. The Pharisees did. Paul asked them how they can preach that Christ was raised from the dead if they don’t believe in the resurrection of the dead — that would mean they were lying. Even further, he’s pointing out the pointlessness of having faith if Christ wasn’t raised from the dead.
“If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile,” he writes in 1 Corinthians 1: 17. “You are still in your sins!”
It gets worse. The Sadducees had discovered the joy of serving the Lord — with no hope for the future. They were walking around seeing that walking with Jesus affected their lives in that very moment. They were serving Jesus without any hope of heaven or the kingdom of God after their deaths. They were so content with their present, seeing that when they serve Him in their lives, their lives were awesome.
Paul told them that if they only had hope in Christ for that life, they were the most pitiable of all men.
We’re not any better, though. Today, we’ve got plenty of people who are miserable in their daily lives, telling themselves that things will be better in heaven. We have hope in the future — but none for today.
Christ’s resurrection should affect your life every single day. Christianity isn’t just for the living or the dead. It’s for both. The fact that Christ was risen from the dead means that we are no longer living in our sins. We can get over our past mistakes. We can grow from the bad things we’ve done because of what Jesus has done.
Our faith is not futile because what Jesus did on the cross was not only imputed to him, Romans 4:23-25 says. It was also credited to everyone who believes in “Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”
I was once asked who was really responsible for killing Jesus. The answer is easy. Me. I did it. I sinned and because of my offenses, He died. He died for each of us. He took the cross for our transgressions and came out of the grave for our justification. Another version says that Jesus was raised from the dead after He secured your acquittal.
I’ve got news for you. Christ was risen from the dead. Your faith is not futile. You’re no longer living in sin. You’ve been acquitted. You need to quit judging yourself and beating yourself up. None of that matters anymore. Resurrection Sunday testifies that you’ve been acquitted. You’ve been forgiven You’ve been justified. You’re free from your sin because of what He has done.
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