He is Risen

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    While “Easter” is not a holiday that is commanded or celebrated in the Bible, it is a time in which most people’s minds are on the resurrection and the resurrection is a topic that is of great importance in the Bible. There are well over 300 verses that discuss resurrection in one way or another in the New Testament.

    -The resurrection of Jesus was given as a sign to those who didn’t believe (Matthew 12:38-40; John 20:24-29).

    -The resurrection was an answer for those who doubted (Luke 24:38-43).

    -The resurrection is a guarantee that the teachings of Jesus are true (Acts 2:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

    -The resurrection is the motivation behind teaching others (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 10:39-43).

    -The resurrection into the new life is what gives us the ability to live right with God (Romans 6:4-14; 8:9-11).

    -The resurrection is the reason for our total commitment to Christ and obeying Him (Romans 7:4; 1 Corinthians 15:57-58).

    -The resurrection is our answer to fear of death (John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Hebrews 2:14-15).

    -The resurrection is the guarantee that He will come again (Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7).

    -The resurrection of Christ is the guarantee that we will be raised from the dead (Acts 4:2; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

    -The resurrection helps us look forward to heaven (Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 1:3-5).

    The resurrection is the foundation and the core of Christianity. Without the resurrection, Christ would not have been God. Without the resurrection, we only have hope for this life...and that is a miserable life. Without the resurrection, Christianity is vain, empty, useless. Without the resurrection, life itself is meaningless. Yet through Christ, His resurrection, and our resurrection through Him, we have hope not only in this life, but throughout eternity.

    1 Peter 1:3-5 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.