For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
-John 3:16

All believers know that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is important to our salvation, to our being Christians. However, in my experience, most Christians would have a tough time explaining why it is important.

Christians love to talk about the cross and they should. Jesus freely gives his life on the cross for us, and takes our sin upon him. Therefore, Christians are usually very good at explaining how the cross is a part of our salvation. Most Christians would say that the resurrection of Jesus is actually more important than the very important aspect of his death. That’s why Easter is a bigger day than Good Friday. Even so, most Christians have a tough time explaining why the resurrection is so important.

This is the answer: When Jesus rose from the dead, it proved that he was Lord of everything, but particularly death and life. It proved that Jesus had the power to give and take and resurrect life. When he actually resurrected himself, he proved that he had this power that gives us hope.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, through your resurrection, you’ve given me hope for eternity. Amen.

REFLECTION: Does Jesus’ resurrection give you hope? Hope for what?

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