Christ’s resurrection is fundamental to Christianity (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 12-14; Romans 10:9), and is amply substantiated in the Bible by the four Gospels and by eyewitnesses. The gospels reveal the intrinsic significance of the resurrection for the following reasons:
•It shows the justice of God exalting Christ to a life of glory, as He humbled Himself unto death (Philippians 2:8-9).
•The resurrection completed the mystery of our redemption and salvation; by His death Christ has freed us from sin, and by His resurrection He has restored to us the most important privileges lost by sin (Romans 4:25).
•We acknowledge Christ as the immortal God, the efficient and exemplary cause of our own resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:21; Philippians 3:20-21), and as the model and the support of our new life of grace (Romans 6:4-6, 9-11).
If Christ had not risen, our Faith would be vain (1 Corinthians 15:14), because the New Testament revelation rests on the resurrection. On the day of Pentecost, Peter argued the necessity of Christ’s resurrection (Acts 2:24-28), and in His own discourses, our Lord clearly prophesied His resurrection (Matthew 20:19; Mark 9:9; 14:28; Luke 18:33; John 2:19-22). The Risen Lord has appeared eleven times to His disciples.
The resurrection is a public testimony of the Father’s acceptance of Christ’s redemptive work, and it is a victory over death and the grave for all His followers. Our justification was secured by his obedience to the death, and therefore He was raised from the dead (Romans 4:25). His resurrection is a proof that He had made a full atonement for our sins, that His sacrifice was accepted as a satisfaction to divine justice, and that His blood is a ransom for sinners. It is also a pledge of the resurrection of all believers (Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 15:47-49; Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2).
Christians believe that Jesus resurrected on Sunday following Friday of Crucifixion. The New Testament insists that the belief in the resurrection of Christ is a premise of Christian faith because nobody can be saved apart from it. “Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).