In this brief clip from his series What Did Jesus Do?, R.C. Sproul explains that the resurrection of Christ is at the very heart of the Christian faith.
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’” (1 Cor. 15:50–54 NKJV).
Death is devoured, consumed by victory.
“‘O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ“ (55–56).
That’s the point of His work. He is raised by the Father, by the power of the Spirit, not simply for His own vindication, but He’s raised for us. He may be the first to be raised in this manner, being brought forth in a glorified state, but is by no means the last. Everyone who is in Christ Jesus will share in this resurrected glory. This is our hope. This is at the very heart and center of the Christian faith.