Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters in the 21st Century

How can something that happened so long ago have any significance or impact on us living in the 21st century?3 min


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Why the Resurrection of Jesus Matters in the 21st Century

On Easter morning, thousands of people put on their nicest dresses, ties, and hairstyles and went to a Church gathering. Many had big meals with family, and continue to celebrate all day long. As you go to these celebrations and church services, you may be asking, why does Easter really matter? Why does the Church celebrate something that happened 2000 years ago? Does it still matter today, in the 21st century? And if so, what does it have to do with me?

If you are asking these questions, I’m so glad you’re here. Let me tell you, if you believe the message of Easter, which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ, your life will be completely altered forever. So with that, let’s look at why Easter is important.

The entire Bible tells one big, continuous story that points to Jesus. In Genesis, we read about God creating everything; the earth, space, oceans, land, plants, and animals, night and day…and the peak of His creation, man and woman. God created us in His image, and He created us to live in relationship with Him.

However, we decided to rebel against God. This tore us from being in a perfect relationship with Him and set us up for a life of pain and death.

Despite our rebellion, God had a plan to restore a relationship with us and to make everything right again. In Genesis 3, God promises to one day send Someone to defeat sin and death, and save His people. In Genesis 3:15, God said to the devil, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

This foreshadowing of Jesus’ coming continues throughout the Old Testament. God makes a promise to a man named Abraham, that He will make a great nation of his family, and one day, this promised savior would come from his family line. This family became the nation of Israel.

The rest of the Old Testament shows how God pursues Israel, despite their constant rebellion against Him. Then, we come to the book of Matthew. A virgin became pregnant and named the baby Jesus. This baby was fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life and modeled what true life looks like. He spent the majority of his first 30 years of life as a carpenter. He then became a Jewish rabbi and began to disciple 12 apprentices. He spent the next three years of his life preaching, teaching, performing miracles, and healing people.

Jesus’ message was scandalous. The religious leaders and government officials were threatened by Him. They devised a plan to have Him killed. He was stripped, beaten, and then hung on a cross to die. He was put in a tomb, and His followers mourned. Was He not who He said He was? Was He not the One promised in Genesis that would save us?

Three days passed, and all hope seemed lost. A few of the women who followed Jesus went to the tomb where His body lay, but they were shocked to find the stone rolled away, and an empty tomb. Instead, there were two angels there to greet them. The women fell to the floor, terrified and confused.  

Luke 24:5-8 says, “And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was till in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.’”

Jesus paid the price for our sin, conquered sin and death, and now reigns victoriously! He promised that He would one day come back to Earth, to ultimately restore all things. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right-hand of the Father, where He will be until He returns to Earth again.

That is what we celebrate on Easter. If you trust in Jesus and follow Him, you will have eternal life in Jesus. He invites you into His Kingdom, and that life starts as soon as you turn to Him. When you enter the Kingdom of God, His Spirit comes inside you and helps you to walk in intimacy with Him, and newness of life. Romans 8:11 says, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”

This life that Jesus offers isn’t easy. It’s messy, scandalous, and different than anything the world has to offer. It is the only way to a life that offers true life, satisfaction, and joy.

In John 16:33, Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

I don’t know what you’re facing today, but Jesus promised we would face tribulation in this world. It could be a lost job, a scary diagnosis, family strife, an unplanned pregnancy, fill-in-the-blank…No matter what you’re going through, cling to Jesus as your hope! He has overcome the world and is bigger than anything you can face in this life!

So as your Easter festivities wind down and you go back to your daily life, I challenge you to look to Jesus. If you have not yet turned to Him and begun walking in the life He offers, would you consider it? He is so much better than anything this world can give you. He loves you and is eagerly waiting for you to call out to Him.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20


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Leah Maasen

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Leah lives in Midwest America with her husband and labradoodle puppy. She has a master’s degree in Christian Ministry, and enjoys writing about Jesus and life in His Kingdom. In her free time, Leah and her husband enjoy roasting their own coffee, reading, and eating at new Farm-to-Table restaurants.

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  1. The whole bible does point to the Christ – to Jesus but the events in Nisan of 33 AD need more understanding. Jesus words to the 11 (once Judas had left) speak to us about the purpose of his death, the Resurrection and his acceptable sacrifice on our behalf.
    Easter is the established churches way of dumbing down the most important event in Human history.
    This is where the “seed” of the woman in Genesis 3 is bruised in the heel. Jesus resurrection and appearing here on earth for a short period was a fulfilment of prophesy. Why was it necessary? Why didn’t he return to heaven immediately? That is the part of the discussion above that is missing.
    The acceptable value of the sacrifice Christ made was evident at Pentecost of 33 AD first in the upper room and then with the thousands that joined the congregation.
    That night before his death Jesus explained that he was making a covenant for a kingdom, easter is a time to reflect on whether we understand and acknowledge that kingdom, its king and its authority.
    I really enjoyed the article it got me to think about what I appreciated about why Jesus sacrifice is relevant to us today.

  2. Thank you for this piece of hope in time of tribulations. Knowing that Jesus Christ will definitely take care of those who believes in him.

    This message is quite timely to me because I’m currently in a financial and economic tribulation hoping and praying Jesus Christ will bless the work of my hand and breath his resurrection power on my business and finances. Amen

    Sometimes all we need in times of tribulation is a word of encouragement and hope from another Christian and Thank God I just got one through this message.

    Please pardon me as I use this medium to make a prayer request for the Christians in this platform to pray for me for God’s blessings and favor upon my business and finances. Amen
    And In case anyone here is led by the Holy Spirit of God to lend a helping hand please you can send it to the Bitcoin address below.

    Bitcoin Address: 1FNmhpv2HMZTnrgYSFe77DgAQShj7PVUch

    This may not look appropriate here, but since it’s a christian platform that’s why I’m moved to share this. So admin please forgive me.

    Thank you once more for this message that has giving me hope for a better tomorrow in Christ Jesus.

    Thank you and God bless all those who believe in the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

  3. PTL! What a great and powerful truth! That was an excellent description of JESUS!!
    Thank you JESUS for laying your life down so that I could live. With every breath that GOD gives to me, may it be used to glorify and magnify your HOLY name JESUS. I will lay my life down for you LORD and with your help, I will live my life fully for you.

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