Every Sunday, we will be going through one of the fifty-two Lord’s Days of the Heidelberg Catechism. Written in the year 1563, the Heidelberg still remains a popular confession of faith in many churches to this day. You can find the full text here.
Lord’s Day 17
Question 45: How does Christ’s resurrection
Answer: First, by his resurrection he has overcome death,
so that he might make us share in the righteousness
he obtained for us by his death.1
Second, by his power we too
are already raised to a new life.2
Third, Christ’s resurrection
is a sure pledge to us of our blessed resurrection.3
1. Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:16-20; 1 Pet. 1:3-5
2. Rom. 6:5-11; Eph. 2:4-6; Col. 3:1-4
3. Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:12-23; Phil. 3:20-21
After a couple weeks of giving us more than we could handle, it would seem the Heidelberg writers are giving us a break this week, but don’t let the one question fool you! The resurrection of Jesus Christ is essential. We owe our salvation not only to the perfect life and death of Christ, but also to his resurrection. In 1 Corinthians 15:17-19 it says:
“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
By Jesus overcoming death, our faith is not futile. We are raised to new life, no longer in our sins. Those precious saints who have preceded us in death are alive in Christ. So, don’t pity me. Christ is alive and he is my only hope in this life and beyond.
Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?