The central tenet of the Christian faith is that Christ died for our sins
and was resurrected - and that we will live with God forever, if we believe
in Christ as our Savior. If Christ had not risen from the dead, He would
simply be a well-meaning, loving teacher who was martyred for his beliefs.
But because He lives, we don't have to spiritually die. Since we have provided
devotionals for six years, we have of course treated this topic before; however,
I have added some passages. Have a Blessed Easter.
(Mat 28:5-6 NASB) And the angel answered and said to the
women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has
been crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He
said. Come, see the place where He was lying.
(Mat 27:51-53 NASB) And behold, the veil of the temple
was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth shook; and the rocks were
split, 52 and the tombs were opened; and many bodies of the saints
who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the tombs
after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
(Acts 2:24-27 NASB) And God raised Him up again, putting
an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held
in its power. 25 "For David says of Him, 'I WAS ALWAYS BEHOLDING
THE LORD IN MY PRESENCE; FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, THAT I MAY NOT BE SHAKEN.
26 'THEREFORE MY HEART WAS GLAD AND MY TONGUE EXULTED; MOREOVER
MY FLESH ALSO WILL ABIDE IN HOPE; 27 BECAUSE THOU WILT NOT ABANDON
MY SOUL TO HADES, NOR ALLOW THY HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY."
(John 11:25-26 NASB) Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection
and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, 26
and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe
(1 Cor 15:17-23 NASB) And if Christ has not been raised,
your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those
also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for
this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits
of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by a man came death,
by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in
Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But
each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are
Christ's at His coming,
(Acts 26:23 NASB) That the Christ was to suffer, and that
by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim
light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.
(Acts 24:14-16 NASB) But this I admit to you, that according
to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing
everything that is in accordance with the Law, and that is written in the
Prophets; 15 having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves,
that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the
wicked. 16 In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always
a blameless conscience both before God and before men.
(1 Cor 15:42 NASB) So also is the resurrection of the
dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body.
(Luke 20:34-36 NASB) And Jesus said to them, "The sons
of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who
are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the
dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage; 36 for neither
can they die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being
sons of the resurrection.
(Heb 11:35 NASB) Women received back their dead by
resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, in order
that they might obtain a better resurrection
(Rev 20:5-6 NASB) The rest of the dead did not come to
life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first
resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be
priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand