The resurrection was a shocking event for those who experienced it firsthand. Even though Jesus and the Old Testament scriptures referenced it, no human fully expected it or knew what would happen. They did not understand Jesus’ or the scriptures mentions of a resurrection, for they were would not be able to fully comprehend it before it happened. Even if they had known Jesus would rise again in three days, they still would not have been able to grasp the effect of his resurrection on humanity’s state. The resurrection, and its implications were kept from human reasoning as humanity is too limited and vulnerable to fathom it.
The three days without Jesus were important for the disciples. It taught them how to live without him there to guide them. Some of the disciples may have been grieving Jesus’ death during this time, which showed them how to address emotions and loss without God there to help them. They were shown how lost and confused they are when they do not have someone to advise or mentor them. When Jesus returned to heaven, he encouraged his disciples that they are not alone this time; Jesus left Christians with a supernatural guide. The days Jesus were dead taught the disciples the necessity of having God’s presence and direction in their life.
One question that just ran through my mind is why did Jesus come back? Could he have overcome death without returning to earth? I am not entirely sure, but I think God could have pulled Jesus “up” from Hell into Heaven, without stopping in the earth. The only problem with that is no human would know that God had saved humanity from sin and destruction, and the disciples would have believed Christianity ended as quickly as it started. It would be like having a solution, but not sharing it with others, so it sits idly without helping people. God needed to bring Jesus back to the earth to prove to humanity, not the devil, that Jesus was victorious. Since Jesus did return to earth, humans are able to recognize what he did for us and saved us from.
The resurrection is foundational to Christianity due to its great impact on Christian belief. The resurrection is necessary for redemption, grace, and faith. These are key aspects of Christianity; they are particular to Christian beliefs. Jesus’ resurrection was the start of Christianity. If Jesus had not been resurrected and brought back to earth, Christianity most likely would not have begun.
The Christian story is one of trusting that God has granted our undeserving selves righteousness. It is a belief that humanity can choose to accept God’s gift of freedom and justification. In order for this to occur, Christ needed to rise to life again from death. “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). If the resurrection did not occur, redemption did not occur. If humans are not saved, then the Christian faith and belief system is void and meaningless. This is why the redeeming emphasis of the resurrection is crucial to Christian beliefs.
Christians argue that they are who they are because of God (1 Corinthians 15:10). Their worth and meaning is not in their physical bodies, choices, or success, but in the fact that God extended His grace to them in salvation. The resurrection proves this point; the resurrection shows that God rescued humanity from the harmful power of sin and death. Christians now take on a new essence by recognizing the power of God’s redeeming grace in their lives. Without the resurrection, Christians would not know or experience this new identity, created by deliverance, and formed in grace.
The core message of Christians is of redemption and salvation. It is mandatory to accept this belief to become a true Christian. It is also required to understand the significance and impact of the resurrection and redemption to comprehend the “how” behind Christian beliefs. Jesus “becoming sin” in a sacrifice and rising from the dead is how we are able to be redeemed. Without this knowledge, there is no point or meaning to the Christian religion.