Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. – Matthew 28:5-6
Today is Resurrection Sunday, and to celebrate, I’d like to offer four practical implications of the resurrection. In other words, four ways that the empty tomb ought to be huge for us today.
First, because of the resurrection, we are justified in Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:17 teaches us that if there is no resurrection then we are still in our sins. Put positively, that means that because there is a resurrection, we (those who trust in Christ) are not in our sins anymore. If your hope is in Christ alone, you are forgiven. You are justified in Christ. The resurrection means that you are no longer in your sins.
Second, if you are in Christ then, because of the resurrection, you have new life. I know that because of Romans 6:4, which says: 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. So being made alive in Christ is tied to his resurrection. We have newness of life because the tomb is empty and our Lord is risen.
Third, we have future hope. Jesus made the case for this many times. One of the clearest is in John 11:25. Jesus said,
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Because of Jesus’ resurrection, everyone who believes in Christ overcomes the grave. That’s real and everlasting hope! Do you believe this?
And finally, because Jesus is alive and has conquered death once and for all, we have in Christ a treasure above all else. Consider Ephesians 2:1-10 to help see this:
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Does that not make you want to treasure Christ? To sing to your risen Lord, worthy is the lamb who was slain? To follow him with your life?
Jesus is risen, my friends. He is risen indeed.