The Resurrection of Jesus Necessity for Man:
The resurrection of Jesus is a necessity for man, Apostle Paul addressing his Corinthian audience puts it this way.
“For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”
1 Corinthians 15:16-19
From the verses above we can deduce that if it is not possible for the dead to resurrect it means that Christ never resurrected. It also means that the faith we have in faith is in vain. Another point to draw out here is that man’s sins have not been forgiven. Interestingly, the hallmark of the faith of the believers is that at the last day they will all resurrect. The life here is eternal life. That is God kind of life. It is a life without ending. The thing that assures the believer in Christ this life is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What assures a believer’s life is not the opulent or aristocratic life some believers exhibits here on earth but eternal life in Christ. This eternal life is a product of faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Therefore, if Christ is not raised from the dead, this faith in Christ amounts to nothing. Again, if Christ is not raised from the dead it means that sins are not forgiven and it makes the declaration below null and void.
Resurrection Of Jesus Necessity For Man – John’s Declaration:
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
John the Baptist declared to his audience the above statement and it was an emphatic statement. It was never an assumption; he meant every word he stated. Jesus came to take the sin of the whole world away. That was the purpose of his coming and He didn’t veer from it. He pursued it to its logical conclusion and by dying, and be buried and on the third He resurrected. Surely, these are not make-up stories but were foretold in the scripture before they happened. Let’s see how Apostle Paul puts it below.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Scripture Acknowledges This Fact:
The scripture says that for the Messiah to qualify to redeem man from sins He must go through the above ordeals. From the information in the above verses, Jesus went through those ordeals. So his passion was really stated in the Scripture and it was made know that He will go through them for man. Prophet Isaiah puts it this way.
The Prophecy Of Isaiah:
“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”
The Resurrection Of Jesus Is For Man:
Jesus went through the aforementioned not for Himself but for us as Prophet Isaiah stated. Apostle Paul declared to the Corinthians this way.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
He was made sin and He didn’t become sin. This means that He took the sins of the world upon Himself. Therefore, John’s declaration was right! It shows that without Jesus taking the sin away, the sin of the world would have remained. The resurrection of Jesus is a necessity for all mankind. This is important because justification of man will not take place with the resurrection of Jesus.
“But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”
The reality is that every man who has believed in Jesus Christ and His finished work has obtained justification from God.
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