The resurrection teaches us the meaning of Jesus’ life. It shows us that Jesus came to save us from our sins, and give us a new kind of life.
Luke 24:1-7 But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. 5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”
Jesus came to bring you life to the fullest
The angel that encountered these women was puzzled as to why they were looking for Jesus among the dead. He encouraged them to remember what Jesus said – that his real purpose was to die and rise again on the third day. According to Jesus, His ultimate purpose was to die on the cross for our sins and then to provide us the hope of a new and full life by rising from the dead.
John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”
Jesus came to bring us a full, rich, satisfying, abundant life. Yet, many people don’t experience this life that Jesus offers. Many think it’s because they lack the right knowledge, or they just need better circumstances, or they just need to try harder to please God. But Jesus told us what our real problem was – sin.
Our real problem is sin
The Bible says that sin is anytime we choose our way instead of God’s way. And everyone sins. Jesus said that sin enslaves us.
John 8:34 “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”
What is more life-stealing than slavery? Sin brings negative consequences into our lives, it ruins the world, it separates us from God and ultimately causes physical and spiritual death.
Our real solution is Jesus
The only solution to the consequences of sin is Jesus Christ. Through His death, He took the punishment we deserve for our sin and provided forgiveness for our sin. And through His resurrection, He proved that sin was dealt with and the consequence of death was removed.
John 11:25-26 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.
Our real response is faith
The only way to experience this life that Jesus came to bring through his death and resurrection is to believe in Him. It’s not more knowledge or religious activity – it’s believing and trusting in Him.
If we want to have that full life now and eternal life in the future, we must believe and trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sin. Only then can we understand and experience who Jesus really is and what He really came to do. (See John 3:14-16 to end the story)
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What’s your favorite thing about Jesus? What about Jesus initially drew you to him?
- Jesus said he came to bring us life “to the full.” What do you think he meant by the fullness of life? Give some examples of a time you experienced this.
- Jesus said that it is sin that stops us from experiencing the life he came to give. Describe some of the ways that sin robs of us of a full life. If these are true, why is sin so enticing?
- Why did Jesus have to die to provide forgiveness of sin? Why couldn’t God just ignore our sin? Why was the resurrection necessary for our salvation? What hope does the resurrection bring to us in this life?
- Describe the type of belief it requires to be saved from sin? Is it hard to believe that all we need to do to be saved from our sin is put our faith in Jesus? If so, why? Why do people tend to feel like they need to earn their salvation?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.