The one aspect that I never fully understood about Easter is the significance of His resurrection. This Easter I asked God to reveal to me the real meaning.
The importance of Him rising isn’t that He came to life but it is the fulfilment of the prophesy that He made before His death, that makes His rising so significant. “For He wanted to spend more time with His disciples and teach them. He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of His enemies. He will be killed, but three days later He will rise from the dead.’” Mark 9:31 (NLT). The fulfilment of this prophesy also proved that all that He had been saying was the truth and He is indeed the Son of God.
He also used those who didn’t believe, to be witnesses to Him rising. The guards warned Pilate about the prophesy, saying “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise’. Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead’. So the last deception will be worse that the first” (Matthew 27:63-64). This security measure served as evidence of the resurrection of Jesus (even though they tried to pay off the guards).
In Jesus’ resurrection we have hope and faith. “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” 1 Corinthians 15:17 (NKJV). His death was a punishment for Him claiming to be the King of Kings, and His resurrection is proof that He is the King of Kings.
In resurrecting Jesus, God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty over life and death.