"...The importance of Christ's
resurrection will be seen when we consider that if he rose, the
gospel is true and if he rose not it is false.
resurrection from the dead makes it manifest
that his sacrifice was accepted.
justification was secured by His obedience to the death and therefore
He was raised from the dead:.Romans
resurrection is a proof that He made a full atonement
for our sins, that His sacrifice (His life offered to God for us all) was
accepted as a satisfaction to divine justice and His blood a ransom for
"It is also a pledge and
an earnest of the resurrection of all believers -Romans
8:11; 1Corinthians 6:14;
3:21; 1John 3:2. As He lives, they
shall live also.
"The resurrection proved
Him to be the Son of God, inasmuch as it authenticated all His claims -again,
"If Christ did not rise,
the whole scheme of redemption is
a failure and all the predictions and anticipation of its glorious results
for time and for eternity, for men and for angels of every rank and order,
are proved to be chimeras (an impossible and foolish fantasy).
is true from Genesis to Revelation." 1Corinthians
15:20 "But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits
of them that slept."
"The kingdom of darkness
has been overthrown, Satan has fallen as lightning from heaven and the
triumph of truth over error, of good over evil, of happiness over misery
is for ever secured." ...Hodge.
"With reference to the report
which the Roman soldiers were bribed (Matthew
28:12-14) to circulate concerning Christ's resurrection, "his disciples
came by night and stole him away while we slept", Matthew Henry's Commentary
under John 20:1-10, fittingly remarks,
"The grave clothes in which Christ had been buried were found in very good
order, which serves for an evidence that his body was not 'stolen away
while men slept.' Robbers of tombs have been known to take away 'the clothes'
and leave the body; but none ever took away 'the body' and left the clothes,
especially when they were 'fine linen' and new:.Mark
15:46. Any one would rather choose to carry a dead body in its clothes
than naked. Or if they that were supposed to have stolen it would have
left the grave clothes behind, yet it cannot be supposed they would find
leisure to 'fold up the linen'."