4 Reasons the Resurrection Is Good News.

Written by on March 31, 2024

All over the world, Easter Sunday will be marked by unique celebrations. Christians will rejoice in the empty tomb. It’s more than a date on the church’s calendar. Resurrection Sunday defines Christianity. 

Do you know why the resurrection of Jesus is so important?   

Consider the following four reasons. 

1. The resurrection showed that Jesus’s words are trustworthy.  

Jesus said He would be lifted up so He could draw men to Himself (John 3:14). He said He would rise again after three days (Matthew 12:40). And He also said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). The empty tomb shows us that His words are worthy of our trust.   

Jesus can be believed. 

2. The resurrection proved that Jesus’s death had the approval of a holy God. 

The underlying message of the Bible is that God is redeeming a world marred by sin. And the only way to atone for sin is death. Jesus’s death was unique in that He gave His life as payment for our sin. Since He was sinless and undeserving of death, His sacrifice can be applied to those who receive Him by faith. But this only works if God approves.   

The resurrection shows that Jesus’s death was sufficient. 

3. The resurrection demonstrates that Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross defeated sin. 

Sin—the desire to be autonomous—is what is wrong with our world, and it is what causes death. The God-given consequence of sin is death—“the wages of sin” (Romans 6:23). The resurrection shows us that sin has lost its power and a way of forgiveness is now offered: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10). 

When Jesus Christ conquers death, it is a clear sign that sin is defeated. 

4. Since death was conquered, the resurrection promises eternal life for believers. 

The empty tomb is a symbol of eternal hope for those who put their faith in Jesus. To put our faith in Jesus means that we come to an awareness of our sin, recognize we need forgiveness and that we cannot self-atone, and confess our sin, asking Christ to be our Lord and Savior. 1 John 5:11-13 says:

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

We come to Him by faith, placing all our eternal hopes in Him. 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ frees those who receive Him to be forgiven of their sin now and to know that nothing —not even death—can separate them from the love of God. The effect of this is life-changing.   

Easter matters. 

Resurrection Sunday offers believers an important reminder. An empty tomb means we have reason to hope.  

Jesus is alive! 

It’s central to Christianity.  

This is incredibly good news. 

Credit: mybsf.org/Mark Vroegop

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