By Weylan Deaver
No event in history is more staggering in consequence than the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the Sunday morning following his Friday death by crucifixion. The apostle Paul would say in Romans 4:25 that Jesus was “raised for our justification.” That means, without Jesus’ resurrection, there is no justification of sinners in the eyes of a holy God. His blood was given for our sins (Matthew 26:28), but it would all have been for nought had the devil been able to keep Jesus in the tomb. Elsewhere, Paul says that Jesus’ blood is what purchased the church (Acts 20:28). It is only in the church of Christ that anyone can find justification in Christ by the blood of Christ. The church is the Lord’s spiritual body, and Christ is “the saviour of the body” (Ephesians 5:23). Thus, to be outside his body is to be without salvation. But, whether you are in the Lord’s church or not, you are coming out of the grave eventually. As Paul taught the Athenians two millennia ago, the fact that God raised Jesus from the dead is what guarantees that God will one day raise all of us from the dead (Acts 17:31). “And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). Come visit us at the church of Christ, where Jesus’ empty tomb still motivates us to prepare for our own.