Without the Cross, we would never have been absolved of our sins and freed from our transgressions against God, but without the Resurrection, we wouldn’t have any evidence that Christ is who He says He is.
Christ conquered death via His blameless life and atoning death. In the lives of everyone who believes in Him, He broke the power of sin and death via His Resurrection. Our new, born-again life in Christ is a gift from our risen and glorified Savior who also gave us His own resurrected life.
Mark 16:6 NIV| “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
The fact of Jesus’ resurrection is a matter of history. What it means can only be understood by what the Bible tells us. Therefore, it is important to consider what the empty tomb of Jesus and His resurrection means.
What did the cross and the empty tomb do for us?
- We were buried with Christ
We can be confident in our own rebirth because of the resurrection. So if we accept that Jesus died and rose again, God will also take those who rest in Him with Him.
Colossians 2:12 NIV| having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
- We were made alive in Christ
We do not make ourselves alive; God does. Our sins completely separate us from God, both spiritually, and in our eternal destiny. And yet, the trespasses which make us “dead,” were not enough to stop God from making us alive. We are made alive “together with Christ.”
Ephesians 2:5 NIV| made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
- We conquered with Christ
Perhaps Satan, for a moment, thought that he had won at the cross. But Hell’s imagined victory was turned into a defeat that disarmed every spiritual enemy who fought against those living under the light and power of the cross.
Colossians 2:15 NIV| And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
- We were raised with Christ and seated with Christ
God has “raised us up with him.” We are now alive through the same power that brought Jesus back from the dead. In the future we will be seated alongside Christ in “the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 2:6 NIV| And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
- We inherited with Christ
Our relationship to God is so far removed from that of slavery that we have become legal children with full rights as God’s heirs. God has made each person who trusts in Christ an heir to all the glories of God’s kingdom along with God’s only “birth son” Jesus
Romans 8:17 NIV| Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
- We have a new life in Christ
Christ’s death for sin has changed the way he regards people. Instead of looking at each person as a mere human being, he must view those who are in Christ as something entirely different. Those who are “in Christ” are those who have faith in Him, credited with Christ’s righteous life, and their sin forgiven by Christ’s death in their place. Such people are new creatures. Those “in Christ” have become something they were not before. Their identity has changed from being the fallen version of themselves, to being associated with the righteousness of Christ. That’s who they are now.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV| Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Ephesians 2:4-7 AMPC| 4 But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, 5 Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). 6 And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).7 He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.