What does the resurrection mean for all of us?

Eric Costanzo

The earliest Christians often found themselves in direct conflict with religious and political leaders, and even risked their lives to make this bold statement: “Jesus has risen from the dead!” Hundreds of them bore witness to having seen the Risen Christ (1 Corinthians 15:4-6).

The resurrection of Jesus Christ has eternal significance. It is the culmination of God’s divine plan, from before the universe was created, making it possible for all to be made right with God.  

Christ’s resurrection also has deep meaning for us, who are followers of Jesus Christ, personally. 

• The resurrection of Christ is the power of God to overcome sin, suffering, and death (Philippians 3:10-11). Through His death on the cross, sin has lost its power. Through His resurrection, death itself has been defeated and Christ’s gift is eternal life to all who believe in Him. 

• The resurrection of Christ gives us a living hope, that like Christ Himself is no longer subject to death (1 Peter 1:3).

• The resurrection of Christ is a promise that we, too, will be raised to life in Christ according to His promise and our shared victory (Romans 6:5).

• The resurrection of Christ has secured for us an eternal inheritance that is “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4).

On this Easter Sunday, may we consider the eternal significance of Christ’s resurrection for us, for all people, and for all of creation. He has delivered us from sin, He has freed us from death, in Him and through His promises we have hope, and unimaginable heavenly blessings that we can experience both now and forever. 

He is Risen! He is risen indeed!

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