A dead Jesus could not do that, but a Living, resurrected and exalted One can. Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead guarantees the work of the preacher and the songleader, the work of the spoken word and sung word and the reception of the listened word and sung word by the congregation. So in addition to Jesus' resurrection guaranteeing the proclamation of the Gospel, what else does it guarantee?
Biblically demonstrating the resurrection guarantees ultimate purpose in life
One person has noted that until Jesus Christ had come in human flesh, died on the cross and raised from the dead, life was perceived in terms of being nothing more than an endless cycle of living and dying, living and dying. (see Ecclesiastes). However when Jesus Christ raised from the dead, history was demonstrated to be what God had designed it to be, a straight line with a discernable direction and purpose that can only be found in Jesus Christ! The following set of logical arguments show the reasonableness behind the idea that Jesus' resurrection from the dead gives purpose to life. Consider the following two-stage argument:
Argument #1 (Stage One)
Major Premise #1
If God does not exist, dead men don't rise, since only God could ever do such a feat
Major Premise #2
If God does not exist, then Jesus Christ is not God in human flesh revealing God by raising from the dead, since only God could ever do such a feat
Jesus Christ did raise from the dead
#1 God does exist
#2 Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, hence revealing the God who exists.
Argument #2 (Stage Two)
Major Premise #1
If God, who raised Jesus from the dead, does not exist, absolute morals don't exist
Major Premise #2
If God, who raised Jesus from the dead, does not exist, there is no meaning/purpose
Minor Premise #1
Absolute morals do exist
Minor Premise #2
Meaning/Purpose exists (to say there is no meaning purpose is to ascribe such!)
God, who raised Jesus from the dead, exists
Hence from these two arguments we can conclude that Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead supplies purpose & meaning to life. So we have seen that Jesus' resurrection from the dead guarantees the proclamation of the Gospel and purpose in life. Now let us consider one more major area it guarantees....
Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:8-10 "for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. 10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers." After asserting the significant of what he is going to say in verses 8-9, Paul brings back to full circle what he had said back in 1 Timothy 3:15, namely referring to focusing on the "Living God". In this instance in 1 Timothy 4:10, Paul makes the identification of the "Living God" as being "The Savior of all men, especially of believers.".
By the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, Paul zeros in not only on Christ's mission (like He did in 1 Timothy 3:16) but the targets of His mission in 4:10. 1 Timothy 4:10 is one of richest statements on the intent and extent of Christ's redeeming work. Once again the reader is reminded that without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there would had been no way of knowing whether what He achieved on the cross actually worked.
By being the Savior of all men, Jesus Christ is historically and objectively achieved a salvation that is sufficent for every man on planet earth. Then the text specifies that He is the Savior especially of Believers. This speaks to the intent of the work of Christ, namely the application of the saving work to all whom the Spirit works forth to believe unto salvation. All who reject this work benefit no more from Jesus' saving work than those who have a bottle of vitamins or pain pills but do not take them in as prescribed. Truly because Jesus ever lives, He is the Savior of all men, and specifically in an eternal sense, all who believe. Hebrews 7:24-25 "but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continuesforever, holds His priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."
All those whom the Spirit draws and calls and who respond to such a call will be saved. Such a wonderful salvation, grounded in the cross and guaranteed by the resurrection, is described in scripture by the language of hope. Romans 5:1 and 5:5 state - (5:1) "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (5:5) "and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Ephesians 2:12-13 "remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought nearby the blood of Christ." 1 Peter 1:3 is even more explicit on the link between Christ's resurrection and permanent hope - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
When I think of how much hope is granted as a result of Christ's resurrection, the hope of salvation is certainly chief among those hopes. Another hope that we can add is hope in this life. We saw earlier Paul make the statement that if Christ be not risen from the dead, we are among men most miserable. However the clouds of gloom in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 are parted by this exclamation in 1 Corinthians 15:20 - "But now Christ has been raised from the dead, thefirst fruits of those who are asleep." Because Christ is risen, there is hope for this life as well as the life to come. Because He lives, I know I will see my dad once again. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 12:22-24) Moreover, when Jesus comes back, the dead in Christ will rise first and those believers who yet remain will be transformed with glorified resurrected bodies. Such a sequence of events is what the Bible calls "The Blessed Hope". (Titus 2:13) A dead Savior in a grave full of his bones offers no hope. A risen, exalted Savior who returns in physical bodily form provides permanent hope. 1 John 3:2 states that the one who has this hope in Him is made pure, even as He is pure.
If Jesus had not been raised from the dead, there would be no good news of the Gospel, no purpose in life and no availability of permanent hope. May we praise Him for the fact that He has risen, and that He has risen indeed!