Just yesterday we celebrated Easter or Resurrection Sunday. This may be the most important day in the life of the Christian Church, but many do not understand why. Sure, some recognize it’s important (kind of like Christmas) but few can explain its centrality to the Christian faith.
In this New City Catechism clip, Don Carson explains some of the implications of the resurrection:
- Jesus is vindicated – the resurrection proves his power over the grave.
- It promises the future destination of the New Heavens and the New Earth – we will experience the resurrection if we are in Christ as well.
- It provides a vision and life and existence beyond this life – this world is not our home.
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:14-19, “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in faith. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
If Christ has not been raised then all of Christianity is meaningless. But, if Christ has been raised, it proves his power and gives us a true vision for the future. If Christ has been raised…it changes everything!