As we approach Easter, there are many things that could be said about the importance of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. However, there are three primary things that I would like to highlight.
1. Every aspect of the Good News of Jesus is rooted, connected, catalyzed, and proven through the events we remember during Easter.
This includes our adoption, the promised Holy Spirit, reconciliation with God, and more.
The resurrection of Jesus proves that there is life after death (1 Corinthians 15:13-22) and it shows us that Jesus was, in fact, who He said He was! All of Jesus’ truth claims and “I am” statements are proven true in His rising on the third day.
2. The cross and the blood of Christ are the basis for our redemption.
Read Romans 3:25; Ephesians 1:7; and 1 Peter 3:18. Our continued sanctification and formation is built on the foundation of the death of Jesus and the atonement (2 Corinthians 5:21).
3. The resurrection is the foundation for our new life and the power of living in Jesus.
See Romans 6:5-9 and Ephesians 2:4-7. The fact that, in faith, we are now alive in Jesus and no longer stuck in the death of sin is very good news, isn’t it?
As you reflect on these aspects of the Gospel, what new insights do you gain? How does it make you feel? How will they encourage you as you walk in the Good News this next week? Look up the verses listed to focus on as you approach Easter.