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Jesus rose from the dead
Day 18

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. However, He did not remain dead, but rose from the dead three days later. Romans 1:4 explains to us that Jesus' victory over death proved that He is God, and that He had, and still has, the power to pay for our sins.

...(Jesus) who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord... NASB® (note - the title Son of God means Jesus is God)

     The statement, Jesus rose from the dead causes different reactions in people. Some people think, "Who cares." Some may react with the statement, "I sure don't believe anyone can come back to life." Some people, like the Apostle Paul, staked their entire life on the phrase, Jesus rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-19).

     As a Christian, belief in Jesus' resurrection is very important. This is because it proved His sacrifice for our sins was an act from the God of the universe, not just a man's good intentions. Only the God of the universe could satisfy His own just anger against sins that we commit against Him. (This is what the word propitiation means, 1 John 4:10.) If Jesus had not risen from the dead, His death would have been just like the many thousands of other people who were crucified on a cross throughout history. Without Jesus' resurrection there would have been no victory over sin and death. We would still be held in the slavery to sin that resulted in our eternal death. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17,

...and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.... NASB®

Life Application

     God's Word in 1 Corinthians 15 talks about how important it is to believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-32. Do you believe Jesus rose from the dead? What does it mean to you that Jesus rose from the dead?

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