It might be challenging to follow the tales provided by the original authors, especially when we come across people that don’t seem to be doing much. One character appears to do nothing in the Easter story: Jesus.
But God, who is abundant in mercy, made us alive alongside Christ (by grace you are saved), raised us up with Him, and seated us alongside Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so that He might manifest the immeasurable riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus in future ages.
He Brought Us to Life Beside Christ.
You have been pardoned and made right with God. You have received salvation as a gift, which entails:
- New life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- An indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9-11;
- The certainty of immortality (John 5:24; 10:28-29; 17:3; 1 John 5:11-13).
And God raised us with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Paul begins by speaking of what God did for us when we were dead in our sins. We were separated from God and condemned to hell, but Jesus took our place on the cross and died so that we could be forgiven and brought back into His presence in heaven. This passage goes on to say:
And God brought us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he may display the immeasurable riches of his love, which he demonstrated in his affection to everyone in Christ Jesus. 2:6-7 (Ephesians)
We are seated with Him! We are alive with Him! But this is not all! This next part of verse 6 says that He will also show His incomparable riches through kindness toward us!
He Raised Us up With Christ While We Were Lifeless in Our Iniquities
The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation for every Christian’s hope. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ’s death and resurrection. Without this foundation, our faith means nothing and we are still under condemnation (John 3:18; Romans 6:23). But through that same grace and mercy that raised Christ from the dead to life forevermore (Romans 4:25), we too will be resurrected unto eternal life with Him!
Jesus Was Raised From The Dead and Ascended to Heaven.
Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven. On the third day, he was raised from the dead by God. He was raised from the dead so that we would not be condemned.
But in fact, Christ Has Been Raised From The Dead, the First Fruits of Those Who Have Fallen Asleep.
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For as in Adam, all died, so in Christ, all will be made alive.
But each one in his order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who belong to Christ when he comes will be revealed. Then comes the end when he hands over the kingdom to God and Father when he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. He must rule until God’s plan is fulfilled for rulership over everything that was created to submit to him because this all belongs to God (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).
He Died for Our Sins According to The Scriptures.
Jesus was not arrested until after he had finished his work. He was executed by crucifixion, which is a torturous form of punishment. After being brutally tortured and nailed to the cross, Jesus died for your sins and mine.
When Jesus died, he was buried in a tomb (Matthew 27:57-60). However, on the third day after his death, he rose from the dead just as prophesied in Isaiah 53:10-12: “Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured . . . Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.”
And if Christ Has Not Been Raised, Then Our Preaching and Your Faith Are in Vain.
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching and your faith are in vain. Also, we are even found to be misrepresenting God because we have testified about God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
It Is Sown a Natural Body; It Is Raised a Spiritual Body.
On the resurrection day, Jesus Christ rose from the dead. But now he is no longer a physical human like you and me. He’s alive in heaven, where he reigns as Lord of all creation.
The Bible says that when Jesus died on the cross, it was to wash away our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3-5). So if you trust in him by faith alone for salvation, then your sins are forgiven and you can have eternal life with God in heaven!
The Resurrection of Jesus Means that His Work on The Cross Was Successful
The resurrection of Jesus means that His work on the cross was successful. He went to hell, suffered the wrath of God, and defeated death so that we would have eternal life. Jesus’ death and resurrection are proof that He is God. Because He rose from the dead, we can also grow from our deadness (sin) and live with Him forever in heaven.
This is a very important question that every Christian should consider. Most Christians believe Jesus went to heaven after He died, but what did He do there? What was His purpose and what is our purpose here on earth after we die? If you want to know more about heaven’s role in your life then please read this article for more information!