Recently I was asked the question, "Why does the resurrection of Jesus matter?"
Before I continue on I want to ask you to take a moment and ponder that question.
Go ahead. I'll wait...
Thought about it?
Here's what I said...
If Jesus didn't rise there is no hope. Nothing matters. Life is in vain. Death still conquers all.
But, since he did rise there is hope. Everything matters deeply and eternally. Life has a purpose. Death has been conquered.
If Jesus doesn't rise from the dead than all we know is that sin still brings about death. Even if Jesus carried all of our sin to the grave with him, death would still have the final word for one and all.
But, since he did rise we have hope of life without death, new life. Not that our hope resides in a fairytale of physical immortality, but that our hope resides in our souls, our beings, coming to experience the vitality of life. Jesus said, "I have come that you might have life, and that you might have it super-abundantly.
Many of us, apart from new life in Christ, know in our deepest recesses of our being that something is missing. We spend our life search for that thing. Some find it, but most fake it.
The resurrection of Jesus is an invitation to each one of us to find life, to find that thing our inner being longs for, to find life as it was meant to be lived... "Alive to God."
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