This article was posted on the Crossway Blog, the publishers of my book Raised With Christ.
This week, the attention of every Christian begins to turn towards the vibrant celebration that Easter Sunday will be. Even as we approach Good Friday, we do so with the sure and certain knowledge that, to quote the old preacher, “Sunday’s coming!”
Echoing 1 Corinthians 15, John Stott writes,
“Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.”
When you think about it, belief in the resurrection of Jesus is what defines Christianity. Paul says,
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
This is why I offer the following definition of a Christian in Raised with Christ: someone who believes in the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ and lives in light of the implications of that event.
A Neglected Foundation
However, we often neglect the resurrection in our preaching, reading, conversations, and even our evangelism throughout the rest of the year. If we mention the resurrection at all, it is in the context of arguing for its historicity.
It’s good to be able to explain why we believe Jesus is alive, and I’d encourage you to download a free chapter from Raised With Christ available entitled, “Did Jesus really rise from the dead?”
But it’s also important for us to remind ourselves of the many implications of the resurrection . . .
READ THE REST AT: Let’s Make Every Sunday Resurrection Sunday | Crossway.