The resurrection does not provide us the hope it should if we do not understand imputation. Jesus did not die for his own sins. He died for ours. Remaining in the tomb was never an option for the perfectly righteous Son of God. Death has always been conditional. Death comes because of the curse of sin. But whether our curse could be fully paid? That is the question that should striker terror into the heart of every sinner apart from grace; that makes the gospel conclusions breathless reading! Jesus died for our sins. Was the payment sufficient? Was the curse fulfilled? If any curse remains, Jesus, bearing the full imputed weight of my sins when he hung on the cross, could not exit the tomb.
Yet, there He is, greeting those dear women who followed him to the very end, teaching his followers on the road to Emmaus, comforting the disciples in the locked room, ascending to glory! He is alive! Even so, my curse was exhausted upon His head, and death had no right to hold Him back. Even so, my sins, imputed to him, have been paid in full and I am alive forever in Him.