The Importance of the Resurrection of Christ
In preparing for this sermon I have had time to look at what the resurrection of Jesus Christ really means to me. As I looked I began to realize the aspects of the resurrection that mean so much to me. Many times we as Christians put so much emphasis on the birth of Christ. I think that is important, but what Christ did on the cross in order to cleanse sin and the resurrection to conquer death and bring eternal life is the most important part of our Christian faith. Without all this we have just another religion that has no hope of relationship with God and eternal life with him. Without Christ we would be like the Muslim, Hindu, New Ager, or Buddhist who hope they are good enough to receive an ultimate glory. We as Christians know we have this eternal life because Christ died and rose and we believe on Him as Lord and savior. So, we as Christians must ask ourselves what are the important aspects of the Christian life?
I. It confirms Christ as being God.
Look at verse 6 with me. Here the angels confirm the Lordship of Christ not only over man but also over the angels. The angels called Christ "Lord." This is the one Lord who could be nothing less than divine. The angels refer to the place where Jesus lay in a way to say that the grave could not hold a divine Lord. This confirms the claims of John in John 1 when he wrote:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
John knew Christ as Lord from the beginning of time. Christ was raised by the power of God, which is the reason He was put to death for making the very claims of being the "Son of God." The resurrection proves Him to be "God manifest in the Flesh," the divine, incarnate Word.
II. The Resurrection confirms great doctrines of the Christian life ...
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