Memory Verse: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
INTRODUCTION: Jesus, speaking of Himself after the resurrection, said: “because I live ye shall live also” (John 14:19). Our assurance of a future life would rest on shaky ground if it wasn’t for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because He lives we know that we shall live as well. The same power that raised Jesus from death to immortality will also raise us to everlasting life at His appearing.
How do we actually know that He was resurrected? There are many proofs. The evidence of the empty tomb that was witnessed by a number of people; the soldiers who were as dead men and the fact that they had to be bribed to give a false report; and the many individuals who saw Him after His resurrection all prove that Jesus bodily arose from the dead.
The Apostle Paul records that over 500 brethren saw Him at one time. When this was written most of those 500 were still alive. The early church had many enemies and, if the resurrection was a farce, it would have been easy to demand the names of these witnesses and show the falseness of the church’s claim. Paul was very confident of his statement, and the fact that it was not challenged at that time proves the validity of Christ’s resurrection.
But the greatest proof is expressed in a song: “You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.” The presence of Jesus Christ within is a Christian’s greatest proof that He lives. The change in the lives of those who accept Him as Savior should convince others that He lives.
The assurance of eternal life through Jesus’ resurrection is great, but there is another benefit that is often overlooked. He defeated Satan through His resurrection and thus assures us that we, too, can defeat Satan in our daily lives.
Apostle Paul illustrates this principle in the sixth chapter of Romans. Here he teaches that, as new converts, we should be dead to sin but alive to God. Just as Jesus arose victorious over death, we should, by the same power that raised Jesus, live a life of victory over sin. Apostle Paul vividly describes the struggle of a carnal man to live righteously and concludes that it can’t be done outside of Jesus Christ (Romans 7:15-25). Apostle John adds his testimony: “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Our salvation is dependent on the shed blood of Jesus Christ and its power to cleanse. But our hope of a future resurrection and the power to live a victorious Christian life is a result of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yes, because He lives we will live also. We can live a life of victory now, and we will live with Him forever because He lives.
- How important is Christ’s resurrection to us as children of God? 1 Corinthians 15:14-18.
- What proof do we have that Jesus rose from the grave? Matthew 28:9-10; John 20:1-8; John 20:19-23.
- How many saw Him at one time? 1 Corinthians 15:6. [NOTE: When Paul wrote this most of them were still alive and could testify to the fact that He arose.]
- What did Jesus’ resurrection further prove? Romans 1:3-4. Was this already established before? Matthew 3:16-17.
- How does Jesus’ resurrection assure us of a future resurrection? Romans 8:11.
- Is a belief in Christ’s resurrection important to our salvation? Romans 10:9.
- What does the resurrection of Jesus symbolize in our Christian walk? Romans 6:4-5, 11-13.
- What is our source of strength to live an overcoming life? 1 John 4:4.