spring, millions of people around the world acknowledge,
in some fashion or another, that Jesus Christ was raised
from the dead some twenty centuries ago. Modern society
calls it Easter.
origin of this term is uncertain, though it is commonly
thought to derive from Eastre, the name of a Teutonic spring
goddess. The term Easter, in the King James
Version of the Bible (Acts 12:4), is a mistranslation. The
Greek word is pascha, correctly rendered Passover
in later translations. In fact, though pascha is found twenty-nine
times in the Greek New Testament, it is only rendered Easter
once, even in the KJV.
are not authorized to celebrate Easter as a
special annual event acknowledging the resurrection of Christ.
Faithful children of God reflect upon the Saviors
resurrection every Sunday (the resurrection day - cf. Jn.
20:1ff) as they gather to worship God in the regular assembly
of the church (cf. Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2).
ought to be glad, however, that multitudes usually
caught up in pursuits wholly materialistic will take
at least some time for reflection upon the event of the
Saviors resurrection. It is entirely appropriate that
Christians take advantage of this circumstance; we should
be both willing and able to explain to our friends
at least those who have some reverence for Christianity
the significance of the Lords resurrection.
resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the foundation of
the Christian system (cf. 1 Cor. 15:14ff). If there was
no resurrection, Christianity is a hoax, and we are wasting
our time. But the truth is, the event of Jesus resurrection
is incontrovertible. Professor Thomas Arnold of Rugby, a
world-renowned historian, once said that Christs resurrection
from the dead is the best-attested fact in human history
(International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, IV, p. 2569).
This being the case, just what is the significance of Jesus
resurrection? Think about these matters.
the resurrection is one of the major evidences that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God. Paul affirmed that Christ is declared
to be the Son of God with power ... by the resurrection
from the dead (Rom. 1:4).
Jesus resurrection represents an assurance that we
can have forgiveness from our sins. Paul contended: ...
if Christ hath not been raised, our faith is vain; ye are
yet in your sins (1 Cor. 15:17). The reverse of the
apostles affirmation would be this: If Jesus was raised,
sins will be forgiven when we obey the gospel Acts
the resurrection tells the world that the kingdom of God
is ruled by a living sovereign. The founder of Islam is
dead and his bones lie dormant in the earth. But the founder
of Christianity sixty years after His death
appeared to John on the island of Patmos and said: I
am the first and the last, and the Living one ... I was
dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore ... (Rev.
Jesus resurrection proves that physical death is not
the termination of human existence. God, who is the giver
of life (1 Tim. 6:13), has the power to reanimate the human
body. Christs triumph over the grave is Heavens
pledge to us that we too shall be raised. This is why Jesus
is referred to as the firstfruits of them that are
asleep (1 Cor. 15:20, 23).
the Lords resurrection previewed the ultimate victory
of Christianity over all its enemies. In the book of Revelation,
Jesus is depicted as a lamb that had been slain, but was
standing again (5:6). This same Lord was the lion
of the tribe of Judah that had overcome His foes (5:5).
Christians too will overcome as a result of the Lambs
sacrifice and victory over death (cf. Rev. 12:11).
resurrection of the Son of God should be a constant reminder
to us of these wonderful biblical truths. We honor our Masters
victory over death not once-a-year, but every week!