The Most Important Day

What is the most important day of your life up to this point? Obviously, without the day of your birth, you wouldn’t have any life to evaluate, but that birth was only the start of something. Perhaps you would say that the most important day of your life was graduation day, or your wedding day, or the day of some big promotion. Easter-Sunday-Resurrection-4

While many days qualify as being important, for the Christian the day of his spiritual resurrection rules them all. By this, I mean that the day of his conversion to Christ stands as the most important day of his life.

What was the most important day of Christ’s earthly life? Contrary to what our culture promotes, it was not the day of His birth in Bethlehem, as meaningful as that was, nor was it the day of His baptism, nor even the day of His crucifixion. The New Testament gives us a sense that the most important day of Christ’s life was the day of His resurrection from the dead. Because of this, it is not illogical to conclude that this day was also the most important day in the history of mankind.

Why is Resurrection Day so important? I offer five suggestions, (knowing that there are no doubt others) for your consideration.

The resurrection of Christ proves the claims of Christ

Christ claimed to at least two people that He indeed was the Messiah. He revealed this to the Samaritan woman in John 4, and also to the high priest in Mark 14.

Christ also made the prediction in Matthew 12:40 and John 2:19 that he would rise from the dead on the third day. When Christ rose from the dead, it proved all of what he said about His own life and resurrection.

The resurrection of Christ destroys the enemy’s charges

When Christ was put on trial, He was charged with blasphemy, and even accused of insurrection. His resurrection destroyed all the accusations against Him. He was no blasphemer; He was the Son of God, risen from the dead.

The resurrection of Christ validates the crucifixion of Christ

The crucifixion was mankind’s attempt to put a stop to the challenge of Christ to the religious establishment. The Jewish leadership meant Christ’s death to be the end, but it would be without true meaning and purpose. But that just wasn’t the case. Even Christ’s spiritual enemies of the Satanic realm intended this to be their victory, but it wasn’t that either.

Christ rose from the dead as the conquering Son, validating the significance of the cross, even as implied by the prophetic literature, specifically Isaiah 53.

The resurrection of Christ substantiates the Christian faith

1 Corinthians 15 makes this point abundantly clear, that if there was no resurrection, the Christian faith would be in vain.

The meaning of the cross is empty without the resurrection; but the meaning of Christianity is substantial because of the emptiness of the tomb. Because Christ lives, our faith is meaningful, our lives have meaning, and our preaching has meaning. Our faith is secure and sure because of our resurrected Christ.

The resurrection of Christ secures our own resurrection

The great hope of Christians is that this life is not all there is. There is an eternity beyond what this veiled world reveals. If there was no resurrection of Christ, there would be no security of our own resurrection to eternal life. Our hope of eternal life is wrapped up in the reality of the Christ’s glorious resurrection (Romans 6)

For us who are saved, the sting of death has been removed, and the bliss of life has replaced it. Christ has put death to death, and given life to Life.

Resurrection Day is the most important day in the history of mankind. It is the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, and it therefore is the most important day of our week.

This is the day that the Lord has made, the day upon which the stone which the builders rejected became the headstone of the corner, the established cornerstone of the Christian faith and the Christian church.

Without the resurrection, all of life would be vanity. Therefore we must live in light of the resurrection, in response to the resurrection, and in preparation of our own ultimate resurrection into eternity, all for the glory of God.

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Jesus Lives, and So Shall I – Christian Gellert, 1757

Jesus lives, and so shall I.
Death! thy sting is gone forever!
He who deigned for me to die,
Lives, the bands of death to sever.
He shall raise me from the dust:
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and reigns supreme,
And, his kingdom still remaining,
I shall also be with him,
Ever living, ever reigning.
God has promised: be it must:
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and by his grace,
Vict’ry o’er my passions giving,
I will cleanse my heart and ways,
Ever to his glory living.
Me he raises from the dust.
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives! I know full well
Nought from him my heart can sever,
Life nor death nor pow’rs of hell,
Joy nor grief, hence forth forever.
None of all his saints is lost;
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and death is now
But my entrance into glory.
Courage, then, my soul, for thou
Hast a crown of life before thee;
Thou shalt find thy hopes were just;
Jesus is the Christian’s Trust.

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