Our Lord Jesus rose from the dead, and because he rose I, and many of you, are going to church this morning. Every Sunday, the first day of the week, we gather to remember and to celebrate the single most important event in the history of the universe: the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It’s easy to take for granted the dawning of a new day. When was the last time you were up before dawn and thought, “I wonder if the sun is going to come up today?” That thought rarely crosses our minds! We just take for granted that God is going to give us and the other 6 ½ billion people on this planet another day of existence. We take for granted that the sun will replenish the energy of all the plant life on our world. We take for granted that its warm rays will continue to bathe the earth with life. We don’t appreciate the blessings that we receive each day, just because the sun rose.
I think we often make this same mistake when it comes to Jesus’ resurrection. We fail to appreciate the manifold blessings that have come to us because the Son of God rose. So I want you to think with me for a few moments on this idea: Because Jesus rose from the dead…
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can be saved. Rom. 10.9
…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we who believe are forgiven, pardoned, justified, made righteous. Rom. 4:24-25
…It (righteousness) will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus, our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he is able to save the hardest of sinners Acts 9:1-5
Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord…. approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him…I am JESUS whom you are persecuting (Later, this same Saul would write in 1 Tim. 1:15) …Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he has defeated death. Rom. 6.9
We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he can raise us from the dead, and we will never die again! John 11:25
I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. John 5:21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he raises us from spiritual death. Eph. 2:4-5
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he can raise us from physical death. Rom. 8:11
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
1 Cor. 15:22-23
…so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he will raise our fellow Christians from the dead. 1 Thess. 4:14
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he can heal the sick Acts 4.10
let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can receive mercy and grace in time of need. Heb. 4:14
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we have someone constantly praying for us Rom. 8.34
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.
…He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he can fulfill his promise to give us the Holy Spirit. John 16:7
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he has authority over Satan… and everything else too. Eph. 1:20-22
…according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, the church belongs to him and him alone Eph. 1:22
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can be certain of his presence with us: Mt. 18.20
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can have fellowship with him Jn 14.23
If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
We can eat with him Rev. 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
We can see him Jn 16:16
…again a little while, and you will see me.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he is present to see you through any trial. Acts 7:55
(Stephen, as he was being stoned to death said…) Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we have the hope of an eternal inheritance! 1 Pet. 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you…
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can live a holy, new life. Rom. 6:4
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he will return just as he said. John 14.3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
…This Jesus, who was taken from you into heaven will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, he will one day settle all accounts with justice Rev. 22.12
Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can enjoy his presence for all eternity. 1 Thess. 4:17
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
All of this… BECAUSE this living, reigning, glorious SON ROSE, at dawn, on the first day of the week!