But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Both Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead are equally important; they cannot be separated from each other. Without Jesus’ death, we have no hope of God’s forgiveness; and without Jesus’ resurrection, we have no hope of eternal life. Like the two wings of an airplane, both are essential!
Why is this? The reason is because our greatest need is to be forgiven of our sins. Sin separates us from God, and until we’re forgiven and cleansed of our sins, we have no hope of eternal life in heaven. But we can’t cleanse ourselves of our sins, no matter how hard we try—and that’s why we need Christ. He was without sin, but on the cross all our sins were placed on Him, and He took the judgment we deserve. In other words, on the cross Jesus became the final and complete sacrifice for our sins.
But by His resurrection, Jesus broke the power of sin and death and hell and Satan—and now we no longer need to fear what lies beyond the grave! Jesus’ resurrection confirmed that God accepted His sacrifice, and by putting our faith and trust in Him we will be saved.