Wishing everyone a lovely, lovely Resurrection Sunday 2015!
A few relevant Easter verses:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Why Jesus had to die
2 Corinthians 5v21:
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),
Jesus’s suffering foretold
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
What Jesus’s death and resurrection mean for us:
2 Corinthians 5v17:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.