Everything has implications! Some implications are quite small while others are quite large. Sometimes, we fail to consider the implications of things and it can lead to heartache & disaster! Unfortunately, many Christians fail to consider the implications of the resurrection. They think about it at Easter, but then don’t really consider them the remaining portion of the year. Yet, it is vitally important for us to consider the implications of the resurrection!
The implications of the resurrection are massive and huge! From I Corinthians 15, we see six important implications of the resurrection. The first implication is that the resurrection makes the Gospel true and effective. Or, to put it another way…it authenticates the Gospel. In verses 13-14, we read “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty.” If Christ is not risen, then He could not endure the penalty for sin and therefore we are still carrying our sins. Our entire confidence in Christ is because He is alive!
The second implication of the resurrection is that our faith is valid and well-founded. We read in verse 14, “If Christ is not risen…you faith is also empty.” It is valid to believe in Christ because of the resurrection! It is not a blind leap in the dark! Our faith is full and based upon truth.
The third implication of the resurrection is that we will also be resurrected as Christ was (verses 42-49). We are united to Christ and because Christ arose bodily from the grave, we will as well! We will have glorified bodies that will still be us, except without the effects of sin! Jesus didn’t rise from the grave with some crazy, unrecognizable body! Although He had a glorified body, people still recognized Him as Jesus.
The fourth implication of the resurrection is that death will be abolished. Verse 26 states, “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” The penalty for sin is death and yet death will be abolished because sin will be no more! We will live with Christ where there will be no more death! What a glorious thought!
The fifth implication of the resurrection is that Christ now reigns and will triumphantly deliver the Kingdom to God (verses 24, 28). Jesus is reigning in glory, majesty, and power, working to bring about the Kingdom of God. He is working to defeat Satan and permanently destroy sin and evil. He is working to rescue the children of God and deliver them safely to God the Father.
The final implication of the resurrection is that we can serve the Lord with confidence. At the conclusion of this amazing chapter on the resurrection of Jesus, we read, “Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” We can stand firm and abound in the serving the Lord, all because Jesus is alive and reigning. Not only can we be abounding in serving the Lord, what we do for Him is not in vain! Therefore, we need to ask ourselves the question, “Whose kingdom am I most concerned about serving? Mine or God’s…and does my life support my answer?”
The implications of the resurrection are HUGE! Certainly, this is not an exhaustive list! But, now that Easter is over, let us continue to reflect upon these implications and in them find joy and peace!