Why did there have to be a resurrection? Many people have died horrible, torturous deaths, perhaps as vicious as Jesus endured, but they weren’t resurrected. How big is the sacrifice and how necessary is His death if He comes back after 3 days? There are some good reasons.
A. Death had to be defeated. The wages of sin is death and Somebody was willing to absorb this consequence. Rom. 6:23 The physical suffering and death was not the main issue. On the cross Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world. He was saying, “I’ll take the rap.” Rejecting that leaves a person to pay for it himself/herself. “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Cor. 15:26
Victory over sin was on the line.
B. Old Testament promises had to be kept.
Is. 53:11 “After the suffering of His soul He will see the light of life.”
Even though the prediction was an unheard of and humanly impossible feat, God declared it would happen. And it did!
The reliability of O.T. Scripture was on the line.
C. Jesus’ own predictions had to come true.
Mt. 16:21 “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
If Jesus was making promises He could not keep, why would we trust Him with our soul?
Jesus’ integrity was on the line.
D. His intercessory work was still left to do.
1 Jn. 2:2 “But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” Did you know that Jesus is continually available to intercede for us and every believer on this planet? How could He do this if He was still dead?
Our spiritual well-being was on the line.
E. Our eternal future is at stake.
1 Cor. 15:17 “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins.” If Jesus had failed in His mission there would be no hope for us either.
Our hope was on the line.
A group of women came to Jesus’ tomb just at sunrise on the first day of the week. They found that He was not there. He had risen. It’s glorious in the Sonshine!