Like the disciples, many people do not understand the resurrection. Why did Jesus have to rise from the dead? What is the significance of this? Jesus explains this to His disciples in Luke 24.
Moses shows our death
In Genesis we find that our sin has removed us from God’s presence. This is what it means to be dead, cut off from the life of God. We also read that a flaming sword stands in the way back to God. We cannot return to God without facing His wrath for our sins.
The Law exposes our nature
We are born believing ourselves to be good and alive. God gave us His Law to show us that we are dead in our sins. The Law exposes that our problem is not just what we do, but who we are. We are sinners because we are without the life of God. We are dead, and as dead sinners we cannot cease from sin.
Repentance & Remission go hand and hand
Repentance means to change or amend one’s life. Remission means to send away, remove, or forgive. Jesus ties remission to repentance. There is no forgiveness of sins without a changed life. There is no forgiveness of sins without being removed from sin.
The Resurrection empowers repentance and remission
Jesus in His death takes the flaming sword of God’s wrath upon Himself. He rises from the dead to give life to those who are cut off from the life of God. His resurrection gives men the power to amend their lives and walk away from their sins. This is repentance and remission. There is no forgiveness where there is no repentance. Dead men cannot repent until they are raised to newness of life by the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.
Will you repent of your sin and believe in Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead?