Crucifixion or Resurrection

Jun 13, 2024 | Articles

When people are asked which is more important—the crucifixion of Jesus or His resurrection, most would probably answer, “the crucifixion.” Why? Because His sacrifice at the cross took away all our sins and made us right with God. It’s the point at which we were saved, and what could be more important than our salvation?

We might reason that If our sins are forgiven at the cross, we’re not going to spend eternity in hell, right? That, then, gives the cross extreme importance in our lives. But does this mean it is more important than the resurrection?

Let’s see what Scripture tells us about the subject.

The apostle Paul examines the question in 1 Corinthians 15:29-32. “Now, if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? I die every day—I mean that, brothers,—just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. If I fought wild animals in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die.’” (NIV)

What does that say to us? Enjoy life while you have it, because there is nothing after it? If the dead are not raised, shouldn’t you just go and do anything you want right now? If we believe anything like this, then enjoying life would include all kinds of perversion and sinful living. If the dead are not raised, then, there would be no Christianity.

On the other hand, what if there is a resurrection, but no crucifixion?
Since all our sins were forgiven at the cross, without Jesus’ crucifixion we would simply live out our remaining days in sin. We would be evil, saturated in sin, and unable to spend eternity with Jesus. Obviously then, Christianity would be non-existent and life would cease to have any value. Each would exist only for Self. And we would be continually and forever separated from God. Even after death.

So, both the resurrection and the crucifixion are crucial issues to Christians. It’s a one/two-step process. (1) Our sins are forgiven at the cross; and (2) and we are raised to eternally with Father, Son and Holy Spirit in heaven.

The point is this: without the resurrection of Jesus, there is no Christianity; and without the crucifixion, there is no Christianity. We need both. The two go hand in hand. Praise God that he has given us both.

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