What Good Is Jesus’ Resurrection?
What Good Is Jesus’ Resurrection?
Many people have no clue about the value of Jesus’ resurrection. They are so inundated with cute bunnies and chickies, egg hunts and big dinners, new clothes and flowers that they don’t have time to think about any real meaning of the resurrection. They celebrate because it’s time to celebrate. But, there’s that emptiness because they’re not sure what Christianity is celebrating.
It’s good to have a clue.
In Romans 7, Paul talks about what Christ’s resurrection does. Paul explains how we used to be bound to the Law and all sorts of sinful passions. The resurrection sets us free from the Law and our fleshly way of being. In his explanation in Romans 7:4, Paul says,
Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God.
We no longer have to obey the long list of Old Testament Laws — because, we now belong to Christ by faith. When we have faith in Christ’s resurrection, our lives change and we are enabled to “bear fruit for God”. In other words, we no longer try to be good because we’re afraid of the result of not following absolutely all of those rules. Instead, as we see God’s love and power in Christ to save us from our sins, we now gladly want to live the way God wants us to live. Now we know we are His beloved. In this joyful obedience, we are bearing “fruit for God”. This “fruit” that God wants from us includes faith, hope, and love.
When we are trying to make it through this life all on our own strength, we don’t stand a chance. And, deep down in our hearts we know we don’t stand a chance, but feel we are bound to keep struggling on our way. We don’t know what else to do.
But now, we don’t have to be alone in our efforts any more. We have help. As Paul explains in Ephesians 2:13,
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Now, instead of trying to get through life on our own efforts, we have Christ Jesus by our side. Jesus has done all things for us. Because of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection, we are now, by faith, “in Christ Jesus”. United to Christ by faith, we have spiritual resources to help us along our way.
That is why Paul praises God in Ephesians 1:3, by saying,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
Because of Jesus’ resurrection, we have “every spiritual blessing” we need to get us though this life. What are some of the spiritual blessings that can be ours right here and now? The list includes: total forgiveness — the assurance of eternal life — true righteousness — Godly wisdom — a Godly love — joy — peace — victory over sin — Godly discernment — courage to stand in the truth — strength to endure trials — perseverance in sticking to God’s word — a growing understanding of God’s word in the Bible — the knowledge and assurance that God hears our prayers and will do what is right and good — the heartfelt response of worshiping God for who He is, our Creator and Redeemer. With all this and tons more, we think about what God does for us in Christ.
It is because of the power of the resurrection in our lives that these blessings are ours. The apostle John puts it this way in John 1:16-17,
For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
As we live in grace and truth, we live in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. Do we accept the grace and truth of God in Christ? With these blessings, we can go on our way rejoicing and say, “Hallelujah! Lord, in Your resurrection You have fulfilled prophecy and proven that You alone are Lord and God over all. Let us always live in Your grace and truth.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.