Resurrection Is Unbelievable
It’s clear from Paul’s teaching in this letter that some people were teaching that resurrection is impossible. They said that there could be no such thing as resurrection – which is perfectly true from a human point of view! Even though medical science has made great advances (the average life expectancy in the UK is now 81, compared to 68 years in 1950), we still cannot raise anyone from the dead. But if we factor God into the equation, then nothing is impossible. God is able to do immeasurably more than all we imagine or think. (Eph 3:20) Nothing is too hard for Him. (Jer 32:17) God ‘gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.’ (Rom 4:17) Easter demonstrates to us the reality that resurrection is definitely possible if God is in on the action!
Resurrection Is Necessary to Free Us From Sin
The Bible teaches us that death has come as the result of sin (Rom 5:12); ‘the wages of sin is death.’ (Rom 3:23) The Bible talks about two kinds of death, however: the physical death our bodies experience at the end of our lives and spiritual death which is essentially separation from God. It was to save us from spiritual death, from eternal separation from God, that Jesus died on the cross and was raised to life on the third day. This is why we need resurrection truths to be part of our everyday lives here on earth as well as something to look forward to in the future. Paul makes it clear in Romans 6:9-14 that sin no longer has mastery over us because Jesus defeated it on the cross – therefore we are free to live a new kind of life.
Resurrection Offers Us Hope
The interconnection between Christ’s resurrection and ours is something that’s stressed over and over again in this chapter. Paul says, ‘Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.’ (1 Cor 15:20) He is the guarantee that all those who belong to Him will be raised from the dead at His second coming. The worst thing anyone can do to us is to take away life, but we know that even if we lose our lives, there is still the hope of the resurrection! One day, we will leave this body, but then we get a perfect one! – we exchange the perishable for the imperishable, the mortal for immortality. (1 Cor 15:42, 53) Hope, therefore, is the fuel that enables us to get through life. Because Jesus experienced resurrection, we too can experience it.
Aaron Shust sings, in the song, ‘Resurrecting’:
‘By Your Spirit I will rise
From the ashes of defeat.
The resurrected king is resurrecting me.
In Your name I come alive
To declare Your victory.
The resurrected king is resurrecting me.’ (‘Resurrecting’, Aaron Shust)