What is the use of sacrifice or pain? What was the purpose of Christ hanging on the cross? What is the gain in which we are called to be Christ like and pick up our cross? This answers are explained in the resurrection mystery. The benefits of Christ death would still remain and also the benefits of the resurrection would still stand even without a physical witness, lets say Christ rose from the dead but the disciples did not witness it. Death would have still been won, Christ would have still seated at the right hand of the father. The physical witness to the resurrection act was indeed a sign to the human race that the prophecies of old had come to fulfilment, to remove every iota of doubt which lies in the heart of man.
In the resurrection we are called to remember, the purpose of our sojourn, sacrifice, denial etc. It is not an exercise meant for futility. The resurrection shows us the greater good, the need for our body to die so that our souls which are continuously restless would finally one-day rest in him GOD OUR FATHER. The aim is not to return to the garden of Eden, but to return to the heavenly presence of the father.
WHAT THE RESURRECTION CONFIRMS OR ATTESTS TO
- THE RESURRECTION ATTESTS TO THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST. It is obvious that at least to man and its limited scope of knowledge, death on the cross probably did not prove in itself that Jesus is God. Jesus proved his divinity by fulfilling the prophecies of his death and by his return from the grave. As Romans 1:4 says “by being raised from the dead CHRIST was proved to be the mighty son of God, with the holy nature of God himself.
- The power of Christ to forgive sin was proved. By rising from the dead Jesus proved his authority and power to break the bonds of sin and to assure forgiveness and eternal life to all who accept his gift of salvation – “If Christ has not been raised your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins,” 1 Corinthians 15:17.
- The power of Christ over death. The resurrection secured our victory over death through Christ, “Christ rose from the dead and will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.” – Romans 6:9. We as well share in this heritage his resurrection guarantees our triumph as well and “lifted us up from the grave into glory along with Christ, where we sit with him in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 2:6
- It proved again, that our enemy the devil has been defeated. From the moment of Lucifer’s rebellion, he constantly fought to overthrow the kingdom of God. Satan must have thought he had dealt the final blow, but as always his wisdom is pure foolishness before the God of our salvation. The cross was heavens triumph and when Christ arose, the power of sin and death was forever shattered, because of the resurrection, Christians need never fear Satan or death again.
Finally, the resurrection is God’s personal response to who we are, the warmth of his love touches the loose ends of our lives. Christ has died for us and our spirits long to be with him forever. Resurrection is much more than a destiny; it is the fulfilment of love. Christ’s love of the Father even to death on the cross promises us a stake in heaven.