Why All of This Talk About the Resurrection?

A popular statement that is often heard during the Easter (and Christmas) holiday season is for people to understand “the reason for the season.” We hear of it more during Christmas when we are making reference to what Christmas is all about.  More than just holiday shopping and exchanging presents, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”  The same also applies to Easter, which brings about cards, pastels, candy, colored eggs, and the famous bunny rabbit.  But while we talk about Easter as being about Jesus Christ, we need to be even more specific about Easter in that it is all about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The resurrection, Jesus Christ’s keeping of His promise that He would return from death to life was the culmination of Jesus’ reason and purpose for coming to earth and His ministry here on earth.  His life, His death, and His burial are just part of the story.  His resurrection proves that He is the eternal God who is Faithful and True and that He is the living Word of God (Revelation 19:11, 13) and that He had planned from the very beginning to save mankind with His eternal sacrifice.  Without the resurrection, we would not have eternal life as it is an essential part of the gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

 

What is the significance of the resurrection to the believer in Jesus Christ?  For one, it brings peace to the believer and discourages the efforts of Satan to bring about fearfulness in proclaiming the gospel (John 20:19-21, Acts 4:2).  We are not to be fearful of anything because we have the presence of Christ in our lives.  Next, along with peace, He gives power and grace to the believer (Acts 4:33).  Last, but not least, his resurrection defines our witness in our identification with Christ (Acts 1:22, Romans 1:4-6).

 

When examining the distinctive elements of the world’s most famous religions, there is one distinction that separates Christianity from all of the others…the teaching of Christ’s life, death, burial and resurrection.  The resurrection means that our God is a living God and not a dead prophet or a series of random philosophical teachings.  Without the proof of His resurrection, Jesus’ life is no more than that of Mohammed, Buddha, Moses, Confucius, or the inspiration of Hinduism.  It is the proof that we, as believers in Jesus Christ, are not abandoned and left to our own accord in the building of our faith.  He is our faith and eternal hope!

 

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About melvingaines

I am a communications professional, author and speaker with years of experience as a business owner and corporate supervisor. My philosophy is “excellence in leadership-by-example with integrity and without compromise.” I am a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and served as President of the National Association of Credit Management, Greater Akron (OH). I have also held memberships with the American Collectors Association International, Inc. and the Commercial Law League of America. I am Church Administrator and Sunday school instructor at Akron Alliance Fellowship Church in Akron, Ohio. I have taught adult Sunday school for over 25 years and facilitated numerous bible studies and church cell group sessions. Every now and then, I fill in for the pastor with a sermon. I am a longtime advocate of Christian-based elementary and high school education. I am a graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Business and Organizational Communication, and recently earned a Master’s degree in Christian Studies at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. I am also a member of the Chaplains Association of Ohio, and involved in Clinical Pastoral studies for possible full or part-time chaplaincy. I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio and I am married to my lovely childhood sweetheart, Lynn. View all posts by melvingaines

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