We gathered together at Trinity Bible Church on Sunday, April 20, 2014, as millions of others around the world also did, to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He rose from the dead on the third day after being crucified. But so what? What does it all mean? In this sermon we consider the implications of the resurrection in three ways: the implications to Jesus himself, to the world at large, and to true Christians.
Resurrection Implications for Jesus
Jesus’ resurrection implied several things for Jesus himself. First, it validated every claim he ever made, beginning with his claim that he would rise from the dead. He also claimed that he alone could reveal the Father, that he alone was the way to the Father, that he would be the judge of the world, and that he had authority to forgive sin. And he claimed deity. He claimed that he was God. Those claims sounded outlandish to many, but the resurrection proved beyond any doubt that Jesus was right in everything he claimed.
Jesus’ resurrection also marked the end of his condescension, his voluntary humiliation. He, who was in very nature God, had made himself a servant, taking the form of a man, submitting to death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:5-8). But when he rose from the dead, that was over. It was the beginning of his glorification, as the Father exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:9-11).