The cross is not enough. Now before you reach for your torch and pitchfork, hear me out.
On its own, without the resurrection, the cross would not just seem to be foolishness (1 Cor. 1:18-26), it would be foolishness! The death of Jesus would not be salvation, it would be martyrdom.
The Apostle Paul said it best: “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain… your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:14 & 17).
Indeed, if Jesus was not raised, then the events of Good Friday are simply one unmitigated and tragic disaster.
However, if an empty cross led to a full tomb and three days later an empty tomb to a resurrected life then there is indeed reason for preaching, a basis for faith and freedom from sin! You see, the cross and the resurrection are indissolubly bound. Together they form the very foundation upon which God has launched his rescue mission in the world. Because of these two events our great enemies are defeated: Satan is vanquished, sin is overcome, death has died and Jesus reigns. This is good news!
So for your reflection and worship on this Easter Sunday, below are 8 results of the resurrection.
- A Saviour who can never die again: We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. (Romans 6:9)
- New birth: 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)
- Forgiveness of sin: And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17)
- The Holy Spirit: This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. (Acts 2:32-33)
- No condemnation: Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (Romans 8:34)
- The Lord’s personal fellowship and protection: And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)
- Salvation from the future wrath of God: We wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
- Our own resurrection from the dead: We know that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. (2 Corinthians 4:14)
- Glory to God.