The Purpose and Promise
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies’” (John 11:25). The resurrection of Christ was foretold hundreds of years before His miracle birth. He also foretold this event to His disciples (though they didn’t initially understand). He is the Resurrection, as hundreds witnessed.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a gift from God and fulfillment of His promise. It is the very foundation of Christianity. Since the disobedience of Adam in the Garden of Eden, all mankind is born with a sin nature. The Lord tells us that there is a price to be paid for sin and that cost is death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
A life without Christ can only offer eternal death, but the acceptance of Jesus as our risen Savior gives us eternal life. Because eternal death is not what God wants for us, He provided a way of atonement through the crucifixion of His Son, Jesus, and His resurrection.
The Rewards of Faith
Through the resurrection, God has offered us the following:
A New Life
*.Romans 6:2-3 – Sin’s power is broken.
*.Romans 6:4 – Sin-loving nature is buried.
*.Romans 6:6 – Sin can no longer control us and hold us in bondage.
A New Nature
*.Romans 6:5 – We can now share Life with Christ through resurrection.
*.Romans 6:11 – Our old sin nature is dead and we have new, changed life in God.
A New Freedom
*.Romans 6:13 – We are no longer bound by sin and can give ourselves freely to God.
*.Romans 6:16 – We are free to choose our Master, God or Satan – our only two choices.
Through Christ’s resurrection, it is possible for us to become joint heirs with Him. What an awesome gift ! This means we too can defeat eternal death and be resurrected with a new life and spiritual body when our physical body dies.
Aren’t you grateful that through the resurrection of Jesus Christ all these things are offered to you ? If so, tell the Lord you are and accept His free gift.