We have all heard the Easter story over and over throughout the years, but the fact of the matter is that over 2000 years ago on the first day of the week our reality changed. The world we knew was now different, but we often don't realize the significance and importance of this event. It is the center piece of our faith and the lynch pin of all of human history, Romans 10:9. As Christians we must not only confess with our mouths but we must believe in our hearts in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without this we are nothing. Christ did not die on the cross as a great human prophet or teacher, but He rose from the dead as well as our eternal hope and the God of the universe. This is the most significant part of our faith. Most world religions are based on a philosophy. Only four of the major religions are based on a person. Judaism looks to Abraham; Buddhism is based on The Buda, and Islam focuses on Muhammed, all of whom are dead and in their graves. Christianity is based on Jesus Christ whom has risen from the dead and is alive today. The resurrection is not only an event in human history, but it is powerful and is very important for our everyday lives as Christians. Jesus is alive and He is at work in and through us.
1. Jesus Christ has risen, do you believe this and why?
- How does this affect your everyday life?
2. How would you explain to the world why and how we celebrate this?
- What are the most important points to make? Why?
3. What makes Christianity different from all other religions?
4. Why are Jesus’ death and resurrection so important to our faith?
There are many witnesses to these events, the first being Jesus himself. Jesus was not a revolutionary who was assassinated. He came to die on the cross in our place for our sins. He had a mission to redeem us and reconcile us back to Himself. Over 40 times in the Gospel of John Jesus says that He came to accomplish the will of His father. The Father’s will for His life was for Him to die as our propitiation. There is no other way for us to deal with our sin on our own. Without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin. Acts 2:22-24 This was always a part of Gods plan. Matthew 16:13-20, Matthew 17:22, John 2:18-22, Luke 24:5-8 Jesus spoke of all these things and fulfilled them. The disciples of Jesus are also witnesses to these things and even held to them to the point of death. Many were tortured, burned, beheaded or crucified for the truth. They had seen the resurrected Jesus and they believed. Matthew 28:1-10. The unbelieving Roman soldiers guarding the tomb were also witnesses to the resurrection but were then compelled to lie and cover up the truth, as some people do today. Matthew 28:11-15. We the church, are the final witness to the truth of the Gospel 1 Corinthians 15:3-10, Ephesians 2:1-8. By our very lives as Christians we give testimony to the death burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and are forever changed by the grace poured out on us through His sacrifice. This is our witness to the dead and dying world around us.
1. How do you try to get to God on your own?
2. Who is Jesus to you, and what has he done in your life specifically?
- How have you tried to hide the resurrection by your actions?
3. How are you a witness to what Christ has done for humanity?
- How has the resurrection given you the power to be a witness to the world around you?
- What is God calling you to specifically?