1Pet. 1:3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
There is nothing like the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, nothing else even comes close. That the Resurrection took place is irrefutable, there were at least five hundred eye witnesses that saw Him alive after His crucifixion. The change in the disciples also provides strong evidence that Christ rose from the dead. The disciples were totally different men. Who would have died as a martyr for something that didn’t happen?! Adam Clarke spoke of the significance of the Resurrection.
“It is the Gospel alone that gives the well grounded hope of eternal life; and the ground on which this hope rests is the resurrection of Christ himself. The certainty of our Lord’s resurrection is the great seal of the Gospel. Without this what is vision, what is prophecy, what is promise, what are even miracles, to that unbelief which is natural to man on such a subject as this? But the resurrection of the human nature of Christ, the incontestable proofs of this resurrection, and the ascension of our nature to heaven in his person, are such evidences of the possibility and certainty of the thing, as for ever to preclude all doubt from the hearts of those who believe in him.”
Albert Barnes also describes the relationship of the Resurrection to our Christian faith.
“By the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – The resurrection of the Lord Jesus is the foundation of our hope. It was a confirmation of what he declared as truth when he lived; it was a proof of the doctrine of the immortality of the soul; it was a pledge that all who are united to him will be raised up.”
Peter said that we are born again by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In other words, WE HAVE RESURRECTION POWER LIVING ON THE INSIDE. We have been more than just forgiven, we have been changed. The same Spirit that raised Jesus up from the dead dwells in our physical bodies. This supernatural power effects every part of our lives. It effects our physical body, this indwelling Spirit quickens, makes alive, our mortal body. This Resurrection power is able to heal us of all our diseases. It also effects the emotional realm of our lives. The Spirit of Resurrection delivers us from depression, anxiety, and fear. He has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, power, and a sound mind. Of course the Spirit of God also quickens our spirit man. Actually, this is where the Spirit of Resurrection has it’s greatest impact. We have been spiritually born again, our spirit has received the life of God, by the Resurrection power of Jesus Christ. Christ is alive, and because He is alive, we live also. The empty tomb is the evidence of the claims of Christ, it is the foundation that supports the very future of mankind.