This devotional comes from “Solid Joys,” the Android and iOS app from Desiring God that features daily devotions by John Piper.
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If Christ has not been raised, your hope is futile and you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17)
Here are ten amazing things we owe to Jesus’s resurrection.
1) A savior who can never die again. “We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again” (Romans 6:9).
2) Repentance. “The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel” (Acts 5:31).
3) New birth. “By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
4) Forgiveness of sin. “If Christ has not been raised, your hope is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17).
5) The Holy Spirit. “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses. 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 which you see and hear” (Acts 2:32–33).
6) No condemnation for the elect. “Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God” (Romans 8:34).
7) Jesus’s personal fellowship and protection. “I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
8) Proof of coming judgment. “God has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).
9) 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; Romans 5:10).
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; Romans 6:4; 8:11; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 15:20).
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When Easter comes, I suppose that we remember of Jesus’s death the most. We forget a crucial fact that without this event our Lord’s death has no meaning: His resurrection.
As Paul has written in 1 Corinthians 15:17, “If Christ has not been raised, your hope is futile and you are still in your sins”. It has the literal truth.
If what Paul wrote really happened, Jesus would only be remembered as another moral teacher or maybe, even worse, a blasphemous person to God whose words were hypocritical. There might not even be Christianity itself and we still lived in our sins. Humankind could not flee of its sins and in the end none could escape God’s wrath.
But Jesus resurrected, and that changed everything.
We know that God has come to this world to save all people who believes in Him by suffering through the pain we are suppsed to bear, but He also came here to crush the serpent’s head as in Genesis 3:15. He has claimed victory over the sin and death!
Hence, in Christ we all have eternal life as He has overcome the sin and death, giving us His Spirit so that we do not live in rebellion to God anymore (as revealed in point 10’s verses above).
May this devotional prepares our heart before Easter. Lord Jesus blesses you!