The following is an excerpt from the recent release Creative Bible Lessons on The Trinity

God has been on a mission since the Garden to restore humanity to a right relationship with Himself. The death of God the Son was not the end of that mission. In fact, His death would have held no power at all without His resurrection. “Apart from the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is no savior, no salvation, no forgiveness of sin, and no hope of a resurrected life.”[1] The Resurrection of Christ is the central event in the history of the Church. This has remained constant from the event itself to the present day. As believers today, we agree with the first Christians who “were completely convinced that the resurrection did not merely demonstrate the existence of God, but represented God’s endorsement of Jesus’ mission.”[2]

By definition, resurrection does not mean simply to come back to life. This would be true of anyone who was “revived,” yet would simply die another day (i.e. Lazarus). To experience “resurrection” is to come back to life and live forever. As such, the doctrine of the resurrection is what brings us true hope and peace that we will be raised to an eternity in perfect relationship with God and one another. As Christians, we cannot overlook this crucial event. We need to relay the centrality of the resurrection to teens as they grow in the faith and understanding of our Triune God. “In closing, no one can remain neutral regarding Jesus’ resurrection. The claim is too staggering, the event is too earthshaking, the implications are too significant, and the matter is too serious. We must each either receive or reject it as truth for us, and to remain indifferent or undecided is to reject it.”[3]

*Order your copy of Creative Bible Lessons on the Trinity HERE.

[1] Driscoll, M. & G. Breshears. Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (2010), p. 279.

[2] McGrath, Alister E. Understanding the Trinity (1988), pp. 38-39.

[3] Driscoll, M. & G. Breshears. Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (2010), p. 303.

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