Christ’s resurrection is fundamental to Christianity (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 12-14); (Romans 10:9), and is substantiated in the bible by the gospels and eyewitnesses. They reveal the significance of the resurrection for the following reasons:
•It shows the justice of God exalting Christ to a life of glory, as He humbled Himself unto death (Philippians 2:8-9).
•The resurrection completed the mystery of our redemption and salvation; by His death Christ has freed us from sin, and by His resurrection He has restored to us the most important privileges lost by sin (Romans 4:25).
•We acknowledge Christ as the immortal God, the efficient and exemplary cause of our own resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:21); (Philippians 3:20-21), and as the model and the support of our new life of grace (Romans 6:4-6, 9-11).
If Christ had not risen, our Faith would be vain (1 Corinthians 15:14), because the New Testament rests on the resurrection. Our Lord prophesied his resurrection (Matthew 20:19); (Mark 9:19; 14:28); (Luke 18:33); (John 2:19-22). The Risen Lord has appeared eleven times to His disciples. On Pentecost, Peter argued the necessity of Christ’s resurrection (Acts 2:24-28).
The resurrection assures the redemption of humanity, and a victory over death and the grave for Christians. Our justification was secured by his obedience to death, and therefore He was raised from the dead (Romans 4:25). His resurrection is a proof He had made a full atonement for our sins, his sacrifice was accepted as a satisfaction to divine justice, and his blood is a ransom for sinners. The resurrection is a pledge of the resurrection of all believers (Romans 8:11); (1 Corinthians 6:14; 15:47-49); (Philippians 3:21); (1 John 3:2).
Christians believe Jesus resurrected on Sunday following Friday of Crucifixion. The New Testament insists the belief in the resurrection of Christ is a premise of Christian faith. “Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)