The Power of the Resurrection

When one thinks of Easter and the effects on the life of the believer, one’s thoughts quickly go to the shed blood of Christ and the atoning work of the cross.  The resurrection can be viewed, at a distance, as just the cherry on top of what Christ did on the cross.

However, the resurrection is much bigger than Christ not being dead. The resurrection sets hope in the life of the believer in that as Christ was raised so we also will be raised.  This mortal body is not the end.  The resurrection also shows the supremacy of Christ.  Death could not hold Him.  The enemy would not defeat Him.  He holds dominion over every single portion of the universe.  It shows He is eternally victorious.

As we draw near to Easter Sunday, I’ll leave you with God’s Word to lay out what the resurrection truly is about.  Scripture reveals the resurrection in a way that my tiny man-made descriptions could never express:

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is without foundation, and so is your faith.  15 In addition, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified about God that He raised up Christ—whom He did not raise up if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Therefore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. 19 If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.  20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy to be abolished is death. 27 For God has put everything under His feet.  But when it says “everything” is put under Him, it is obvious that He who puts everything under Him is the exception. 28 And when everything is subject to Christ, then the Son Himself will also be subject to the One who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.

~ 1 Corinthians 15:12-28

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