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Ron Writes

He Arose!!!

What does the resurrection mean to the Christian?

Christians come together to worship every Sunday, because this is the day Jesus rose from the dead (Jn. 20:1).The church began on a Sunday (the Day of Pentecost) and the first sermon preached was on the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 2).The core of the gospel message is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-4).Our baptism is in the likeness of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We are baptized "into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life" (Rom. 6:1-4).Every Sunday Christians partake of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7). When we do we "proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes" (1 Cor. 11:26). This statement would be meaningless if not for the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. When Christians pray "in Jesus name" they are proclaiming that they believe that He is alive, risen from the dead, and interceding between us and God.

In fact, if Christ is not raised, then according to 1 Cor. 15:14-19:

  • "Our preaching is vain"
  • We are "false witnesses of God"
  • Our "faith is worthless"
  • We are still in our sins
  • We are of all men most to be pitied
  • Our labor is in vain (15:58)

The resurrection is God’s declaration that Jesus is the Son of God (Rom. 1:4).Our salvation, the forgiveness of our sins and our very hope is rooted in the resurrection.

He arose, He arose – Hallelujah Christ arose!!!