After having considered “His Eternity,” “His Birth,” “His Circumcision,” “His Baptism,” “His Life,” and “His Death,” we’ve now come to “His Resurrection.”
“His Resurrection” is part of “A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering Your God-Given Identity in His Son.” The book is scheduled to be released in February, 2017. You can sign up at www.thegloryofchrist.com/free-book and join the complete book launch.
Jesus’ resurrection is a vital part of His saving work. Paul wrote: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). There’s no salvation apart from Him rising from the dead.
His resurrection not only demonstrated who He is, being “the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness” (Rom. 1:4), it also validated His finished work in two significant ways. First of all, it showed that He hadn’t committed any sin, not even in His thoughts or affections. If He had sinned in even the slightest manner, there could’ve been no resurrection, but only judgment.
Secondly, it confirmed that He had truly suffered for all our sins and conclusively dealt with them. They’re gone! If there had been one sin left that He hadn’t paid for, there could’ve been no resurrection for the sake of that one sin.
Just like with His death, the New Testament clearly unites us to His resurrection. For example, Paul wrote: “And raised us up with him . . .” (Eph. 2:6), and, “If then you have been raised with Christ . . .” (Col. 3:1).
His resurrection isn’t just a theory; it’s the sole reason for being born again and having a new life. Peter stated that as follows: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . . . (1 Peter 1:3). Jesus’ resurrection accomplished our new birth.
Paul highlighted the same when he wrote: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Rom. 6:4-5). Having been united to Jesus, we died with Him and we were raised with Him. Let’s explore that greatly reality in the next three devotionals.
The Devotional Writer