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Seven Reasons to Joyfully Celebrate the Resurrection
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Seven Reasons to Joyfully Celebrate the Resurrection

from: bible.org

  1. The resurrection authenticated the claims and teaching of the Lord Jesus. When challenged to produce a sign to prove His authenticity Jesus said there would be one final attesting sign, the sign of the prophet Jonah (His resurrection – see Matthew 12:40; Romans 1:4).

  2. The resurrection completed and consummated the saving work of Jesus. The death of Christ would have no effect without His accompanying resurrection. Baptism symbolizes the fact that the Christian is identified with Christ in His death, and in His resurrection (Romans 6:1-11). The resurrection of our Lord is an essential part of the gospel (Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15).

  3. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus demonstrates the magnitude of the power which God has provided through His Spirit so that the Christian can have victory over the flesh (Romans 8:11).

  4. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the historic event which the Holy Spirit affirms to convince lost sinners of the righteousness of Christ (John 16:8-11). The resurrection of Jesus is not a problem, which we have to explain, as much as it is the Bible's declaration, which the Spirit uses to convict men of Christ's righteousness.

  5. The resurrection of Jesus made it possible for Him to fulfill two seemingly contradictory prophecies regarding His coming to earth – those prophecies which indicated that the Messiah would suffer and die in the sinner's place (Psalm 22; Isaiah 52:13—53:12), and those which speak of His future coming in power, and establishing His kingdom (Psalm 2; 110). Without the resurrection of Jesus at His first coming, His Second Coming could not take place.

  6. The resurrection of our Lord is the basis and means for the resurrection of all the dead. It is the believer's ground for confidence of inheriting God's promised heavenly blessings (Romans 8:34-39; Hebrews 11:13-16; Revelation 20:4-6). At the same time Christ's resurrection is the basis for our assurance that the wicked will be raised from the dead to receive the eternal judgment they deserve for rejecting Christ and persisting in their sin (Psalm 73; John 5:28-29; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; 1 Peter 4:5; Revelation 20:11-15).

  7. The resurrection reverses the devastating effects of Adam sin. Adam's sin brought death to all men; Christ's resurrection brings life (Romans 5:17-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).

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