Why is it important that Jesus was raised from the dead?  To answer that question, we have to answer another question first:  Why did Jesus die on the cross?

He died as a substitute for you and me.

Our selfishness—our godlessness—our forgetfulness of others—our sin is worthy of two things: death and separation from God.  And yet on the cross, our sinfulness was placed upon Jesus.  And He endured our separation from God—He endured our death, so that you and I could know God and have eternal life.

The Apostle Paul put it this way: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us…”  So consider this: if Jesus had stayed dead, He would have remained under the power of your sin and mine.  He would have remained guilty, lost, separate from God.

And a Man like that could never be the Judge of humankind.

A Man like that would not be worthy of our worship.

A Man like that is nothing but just another man.  A sinner.  Lost and undone.

So if God’s plan for the world is going to come true—if the whole story of the Bible is an accurate depiction of what God is doing, then Jesus had to be raised from the dead.  Otherwise, He couldn’t be our judge—our King—and our God.

This is an excerpt from last Sunday’s sermon, “The Importance of the Resurrection.”  For more, listen here.

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