- The resurrection of Christ assures us God has accepted Christ's sacrifice
for our sins. The resurrection is proof that Jesus is who he claimed to be –
the Messiah – the Savior of mankind – and that his sacrifice on the cross was
pleasing to God. As long as Jesus lay in the tomb he was just another tragic
religious figure who suffered a martyr's death. But when God raised Jesus from
the dead, it was His stamp of "paid in full" on the invoice of our sin debt. Now
believing sinners can be certain that in Christ they are justified.
The Bible says, "He [Jesus] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification" (Rom. 4:25). "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Rom. 10:9).
- The resurrection of Christ assures us that there is life after death.
John Knox in "Life In Jesus Christ" tells about visiting a church in eastern
Virginia where his father had been a pastor fifty years earlier. Knox spoke of
his father as a modest man of remarkable intelligence, charm, and extraordinary
goodness. He said some of the older members of the church remembered his father
quite vividly, but they were few, and as time passed they were becoming less and
less so that there would finally be no one to remember his father. He said his
father's name might be remembered because it had been memorialized on a church
window, but it would still mean little or nothing to the succeeding generations.
"Here is perhaps the supreme pathos of human life," Knox continued, "not that we
die only but that any real and living memory must die, too. Unless God is to
raise us from death it is the end as though we had never lived."  How sad,
but true! Yet the resurrection assures us that the God who raised Jesus to life
again will do the same for everyone who believes in Jesus. The hope of
immortality burns in every person's bosom. In the resurrection, this longing of
the human heart merges with an irrefutable reason to believe in an
The Bible says, "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25,26). "Because I live," [said Jesus] you also will live" (John 14:19).
- The resurrection assures us that Christ is with us in the present.
Some say that Phillips Brooks may be the greatest preacher America ever
produced. Outside Of Trinity Episcopal Church in Boston there is a life-sized
statue of the preacher under a half-dome within a portico. On the base of the
statue are the words: "Phillips Brooks – Preacher of the Word of God – Lover of
Mankind." The statue depicts Brooks standing next to his pulpit, one arm resting
on it with the other raised in speaking. Towering above the preacher is the
living Christ with his right hand resting on Brook's left shoulder. It's as if
Christ is assuring Brooks that he must speak His word with boldness.  It was
this same confidence that emboldened the disciples of Jesus after the
resurrection. Before they were full of anguish, anxiety, and even despair
because of the tragedy of Jesus' death. But when the resurrection was apparent,
they became confident they could face any challenge of life knowing the very one
who had destroyed death had promised to always be with them. What test do you
face today? If you trust the risen and living Christ, his hand will rest on your
shoulder to give you peace, surety, and hope in any situation.
The Bible says, [Jesus said], "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matt. 28:20).
- The resurrection assures us that we have an advocate in heaven. Just
recently, a couple told me they had some legal problems and the Judge appointed
them an attorney to advocate on their behalf in court. They expect now that they
will prevail against an indictment levied by someone who intends to cause them
much heartache and trouble. The Scriptures teach the devil is always accusing
believers before the throne of God. We see this in Zechariah chapter 3, verses
1-5, and the book of Job, chapters 1 and 2. In other words, the accusations of
the Evil One have to be answered. The good news is Christ now lives to stand at
the bar of God to plead our case for all the sins committed after conversion.
With every accusation and indictment by Satan himself, Jesus, with the very nail
prints in his hands, argues that all of our trespasses are absolved by his own
sacrifice. This is our guarantee that temporary falls shall not condemn us, but
Christ always lives to intercede on our behalf. Jesus lives to implore the Great
Judge of heaven that our faith in Him should never be in vain.
The Bible says, "Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us" (Rom. 8:34). "Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them" (Heb. 7:25).
- The resurrection assures us of the necessary power to live as God
requires. It's been said that Dr. Samuel Chadwick of England once announced
a service for agnostics, atheists, and the like. A large crowd showed up. Many
of them would not sing or bow their heads during prayer. They heckled the
preacher when he shared his message. At the end of his sermon, Dr. Chadwick
invited any honest inquirer who wanted to discuss religion to meet with him in
his study. Surprisingly, nineteen of them showed up. Dr. Chadwick challenged
them, "Suppose that we grant that your philosophy is sufficient for a man of
moral character, social position, and economic security. What will you do for
those who do not have these things, whose lives have been wrecked by destructive
behaviors?" At that point, the spokesman for the group conceded, "We would bring
them to you, for you have their only hope."  Regardless of what the skeptics
of the Christian religion may contend, they cannot deny the power of the changed
lives in people who have met the risen Christ. By the same energy God used to
raise Christ from the dead, God quickens, raises to new life, those who trust in
Christ – enabling them to overcome negative behaviors that would otherwise
enslave them with no hope. If you are not a Christian, if you are a doubter, can
you honestly say you've never witnessed the genuine transformation that takes
place in the life of someone who responds in faith to the Christian gospel? The
resurrection of Jesus is the promise of a new life – a life that overcomes – a
life that characteristically pleases God.
The Bible says, "I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection" (Phil. 3:10).
- The resurrection assures us of the new bodies we can have some day.
Some years ago I preached to a leper colony in India. People with withered limbs
and broken bodies gathered beneath the shade of a tree for relief from the hot
August sun. It was one of the most moving moments of my life as I watched hope
lighten the dark faces of those who had never heard that one day Christ will
grant new resurrection bodies to those who give their lives to Him. I told them
that because Christ rose from the dead with a new and glorified body they could
have the same. Our new bodies will be like Christ's resurrected body, a body
incorruptible, a powerful body, a body not subject to disease, a body not
subject to weakness or weariness, a body not subject to the same laws of time
and space, but a body which will never fail and never die. Some of them wept
with joy as they heard the good news and turned to Christ in faith. Perhaps you
are living in a broken body and the doctors have given you no hope. The
resurrection brings the assurance that a body riddled with pain, declining
health and destined for near expiration, need not be the last word. There is the
promise of a new body at the final resurrection when Jesus returns for those
that love Him.
The Bibles says, "For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep" (I Thess. 4:14). "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body" (Phil. 3:20,21).
- The resurrection assures us of a returning Redeemer-King. After His
resurrection, Jesus, the Bible teaches, ascended into heaven to take his
rightful place of authority at the right hand of God. But before leaving His
disciples, an angel declared to them that the Christ of the resurrection would
also be the Christ of returning glory. Billy Graham has rightly stated, "Thus
the resurrection is an event that was both preparatory for and confirmative of a
future event even of His second coming."  Having already won His victory at
the cross and His resurrection, Christ is waiting now only for the spoils of His
conquest to be gathered. Although much of the world is chaotic and seems
desperately in disarray, Christ already has his foot upon the neck of every
enemy to God's will. Even the Apocalypse simply pictures Him entering upon the
actual possession of His kingdom on earth. Be forewarned: This Christ who first
came in humility will return in grandeur and splendor to judge the world in
righteousness. Those who bow to Christ's lordship now will go into His forever
kingdom of bliss. Those who spurn His offer of grace will be eternally judged
and damned. Be ready, for the resurrected Christ is returning to claim this
world, which rightfully belongs to Him. The resurrection is a promissory note of
a coming Day of Judgment and redemption for the world.
The Bible says, "They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven'" (Acts 1:10, 11). "For he [God] has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead" (Acts 17:31).
But Christ is raised from the dead and anyone willing to openly consider the Bible's claims will discover that the preponderance of the evidence for the resurrection should lead one to implicit faith.
What will you do with this Jesus who came back from the dead? Believe on Him, trust Him as your Savior from sin and death, make Him the Lord of your life, and all the assurances previously mentioned shall belong to you.