Why did Christ have to rise? (Easter)

Easter Sunday is the most exciting day in the Christian Faith. Of all the things that Jesus did; loving his neighbors, changing the course of our calendar, the miracles, etc...Nothing compares to His resurrection. His Resurrection is the crux of the entire Christian Faith. But why? Why did he have to rise? Wasn't his death enough? What did his death accomplish for us?

In the introduction to Peters first letter to Asia Minor, he records the answer to this question. 1 Peter 1:3-5 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,4to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

In these three verses we see that through faith in the resurrection of Jesus, He has opened up an opportunity for us to receive Mercy from God, New Birth From God and an Inheritance from God. This is great news. No longer do we have to strive for perfection in order to receive these things, but instead we simply trust in Christ's perfection which has been given to us through faith. This is grace, and grace is a gift that must be received. So today, receive God's grace by trusting in the resurrection of Jesus and make this Easter the best Easter you've ever had.

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