Had Jesus not risen from the dead, He may have been remembered as a good man who lived a good life. Some two thousand years later, however, His life and death would have little impact on us. We would still be waiting on a Messiah to take away the burdensome weight of our sins. We would be confessing and hoping that God would consider us acceptable. There would be no assurance of heaven and no promise of an abundant life here. A life without the resurrection is a life with very little hope.
The resurrection of Jesus verifies that He truly is the Messiah. The sting of death is present in this world because of the presence of sin. The generational sin, which has been passed down since Adam, has brought us under the power of death (Romans 5:12). On the third day, Jesus was raised from the dead. The atonement of Christ, taking our place on the cross, proved acceptable payment to God. Whereas Adam brought sin and death into the world, Christ has brought us righteousness and life. Like our ancestor Adam, we deserve death because of our sin; as children of God, we have been set free.
On an individual level, belief in the resurrection solidifies one’s faith (Romans 10:9). Because Christ lives, we also live. We have freedom from the spiritual death we deserve. We have access to fullness of life now because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Daily, we get to rely on the Holy Spirit to navigate life. By the Spirit indwelling us, we have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. We experience freedom from the grip of sin as we choose to submit to the Holy Spirit as our guide. The Spirit fights against the sinful desires of our flesh (Galatians 5:17–18). The Spirit also produces Christlike character, evidence that the Spirit is conforming us to Him (Galatians 5:22). Life change testifies to the power of the resurrection.
The church has work to do! Sharing about the resurrection of Christ brings people to the faith (Acts 2:41). The body of Christ is to steward the good news of Christ’s resurrection to build up the universal church. There are people who do not know that Christ went to the cross to die for them personally. It is our call as His church to share of Christ’s love and acceptance, spurring on hope. In difficult times, it is our responsibility to remind this hurting world of Who we have placed our hope in. Christ is not dead. His body was raised to life by God. One day, we will get to see Him.
If Jesus had never walked out of the tomb, we would still be searching for someone or something to place our hope in. There will be a time in the future when Christ calls believers into a new existence (John 5:28–29). Because of the resurrection, the grave is not final. Though we may grieve when we lose the ones around us, believers will always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17). We have hope in His victory and that one day we will be with Him in a place with no more death.