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Why is resurrection Sunday significant to the Christian faith?

Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are God’s provision for the perfect and final sacrifice for man’s sins. Whether it is called Easter or Resurrection Sunday is not as important as the event and purpose of the resurrection. However, the timing of the crucifixion and resurrection is significantly meaningful. God used the timing, which occurred just after “Passover” and during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, to illustrate the ultimate sacrifice He made for sinners. Without this sacrifice, Christianity would be an empty religion. Every purpose of Jesus Christ, His atonement, His payment for our sin, would be unfulfilled and the foundation of Christianity would fall apart.

And God requires no other payment! With this provision, mankind is granted opportunity for new life by the forgiveness of sin and escape from its bondage. Just as Spring is connected to new life and new beginnings, the Resurrection means we have a chance to start over, do better, be better. This great opportunity is ours for the mere acceptance of this gift.

In Luke 24:46-48, the risen Jesus gave His disciples a greater understanding of the resurrection when He told them: “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.” Jesus foretells of His resurrection in John 16; then to one of the doubting witnesses, Thomas, He says the following in John 20:29: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” We have not seen yet we are called to believe.

While Jesus was admired and praised as a teacher, healer, and for performing miracles, He was put to death on the cross. But God raised Him from the dead. Had the witnesses not believed what they saw, Christianity would not have spread across the globe and remained a profound belief to this day.

He is risen! We are Saved! Now, what do we do? We are not just called to sit around and wait for Jesus to come back. Because He is risen, we have a new beginning, a new opportunity to become disciples that conform ourselves to the image of Christ and call others to Him.

Blessings,

Pastor Rich

 

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