Why Resurrection Matters

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Why Resurrection Matters

A couple of years ago, when my mother-in-law Carol passed away, I found myself thinking about the resurrection of Jesus a lot. When someone precious to us dies, and especially if it hits us by surprise, we want to believe there is more to this life, that it’s not the end of the story.

It’s easy to believe in the resurrection in those moments of grief. We almost have to, as we struggle to make sense of death.

We usually think about Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday, or at a funeral, but rarely on other days. Unfortunately, I think this habit is very damaging, and the resurrection should be something we think about – something that matters to our lives – every day.

When we relegate the resurrection to funerals or Easter, we completely miss what the resurrection stands for.

If we’re going to think about Christ’s resurrection, let’s start with a gospel account of it. John 20 says:

“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.” John 20:1-10

Do you notice how the disciples come, and look, and go right home? They believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, but they don’t think it means anything to them. How many of us live our lives like that? We know about the resurrection, but it hardly affects how we live.

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul wrote an extended explanation of the resurrection in order to strengthen our faith. He wanted us to realize how important it is to hold on to the hope that Christ’s resurrection brings.

He started out, “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-2

Paul said that the resurrection is very much part of the gospel. The death of Jesus on the cross and the resurrection together make the good news, the gospel. This gospel says that we cannot save ourselves, but God put in place a plan to save us from ourselves. In the resurrection we see the climax of the biblical story, a promise being fulfilled.

Paul also wrote, “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 This is the hope we hold on to. One day these perishable bodies will be resurrected as something new.

The resurrection was not an isolated event only for Jesus.

It’s for all of us who believe in Jesus, for all of creation. The resurrection defeats death.

When Carol died, it was easy for me to believe she had gone a better place. I imagined her meeting God face-to-face, filled with joy at seeing her beloved husband again, maybe even dancing with him. I could believe all of that during a time of mourning, but later, I wondered, “Where is the resurrection? What does it mean to me?”

The fact is, the resurrection makes a difference every single day. It affects our here and now. It has significance because it tells us who we are. It says we are God’s handiwork. God is doing the work in us through the power of the resurrection, the same power that raised Jesus. That power transforms us every day.

I realized that the resurrection not only gives us hope for the future, but it is applicable to us today.

The power that raised Jesus from the dead is going to help us no matter what we’re dealing with. That power is strong enough to save a marriage that looks dead. It’s strong enough to erase shame. It’s strong enough to help us battle addictions, bad habits and our own brokenness. It’s strong enough to defeat hopelessness.

The resurrection gives us hope for tomorrow and hope for today. We get to live the story of the victory of the resurrection and the proof that the power of God is within us every single day, helping us and transforming us into something new.

Do you need to trust God more?

Do you need to rely on him?

Do you need his hope?

Whatever you need, remember the full gospel, the good news. Jesus died and he was resurrected just as you and I will be, if we believe in him.


Reflection:

How can the power of the resurrection affect your life today?

How can you share this idea of resurrection with someone who needs it today?


 

About The Author
Ines Franklin
Ines Franklin
Ines Franklin is the president and founder of Trochia Ministries, an online Christian discipleship ministry. She is a lay teaching pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine. Ines completed a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is also a graduate of The Masters Program, a member of The Barnabas Group, and board member of Relevate Group Inc. Her experience includes business management, sales, marketing and paralegal services. Ines is passionate about spreading the Gospel, caring for the poor and helping Christians mature in their faith. She regularly shares her personal testimony of God’s grace and redemption. Ines mentors young women and leads a women's Bible study group. Ines and her husband Jim live in Irvine, California and have a blended family of five children and six grandchildren. 
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  • Lisa
    June 1, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I liked the article on Resurrection Power. Sounds good that we have access to such overcoming power but how do you apply it? How would I live Resurrection Power with my dead relationship/addiction in front of me? It all sounds great but its just words. Its not tangible….. Is it tell myself, ” I have power, I have power”, And then am I to Do what I think would help the situation??? Is this Resurrection Power like a Red Bull? It will kick in and help me?

    • Ines Franklin (Admin)
      June 2, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      Hi Lisa, You ask great questions. I agree with you if it is just words, the resurrection has no power. Paul wrote to the Ephesian church these words (Ephesians 1:17-21), “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” I pray this for you too.

      In order to experience the power of the resurrection, we must first put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. This means that he becomes the LORD in our life. Scriptures teaches us, and Jesus proved it, that when God speaks, he speaks only truth. As such when Jesus says “The Son of man, when he is killed, after three days, he will rise,” and that actually happens, then he is affirming his truthfulness. He is now the supreme One, because he has done something no other can or has done, defeat death. Which is why He can say with confidence, “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Revelation 1:18 Once Jesus ascended into heaven, he left with us a helper, the Holy Spirit. So, you are right that saying to yourself “I have power, I have power” will not be the way to experience the resurrection power in your life. Rather, it is through surrender and prayer that you can experience his power.

      Perhaps your prayer can be something like this, “Jesus you are my Lord, you have conquered the most powerful evil against me, death. My addictions, my relationship problems, my illness –as much as they bring me deep sorrow– are less powerful than you. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit can I triumph over my challenges. Help me Lord each day to choose you, to trust you. When I am afraid, give me courage. When I am tempted, give me a way out. When I am hurt, comfort my heart.” You can also ask others to pray for you. I am praying for you right now.

      The “Red Bull” power comes from God not from you. He will “kick in and help you” but with his wisdom, in his time and by his ways. He is faithful to hear and answer your prayers, but he is not an order taker. Yes, it is more than telling your self, “I have power.” It is reminding yourself that God has power and that power is working in and through you. You are not alone. He is with you always and to the end of age.

  • Lisa Cornelius
    June 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Good Morning, I love knowing we have Resurrection Power but how do you receive it and apply it? I drink a red bull and feel the power to apply to weeding the yard. How do the words,” I have Resurrection power” become real power to apply to situations.? Is it more than telling myself, “I have power, I have Power”, Thank you 🙂

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