Each year we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Once again, it is that time of year. But this year all is different. Many are not able to go to church and celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:23). What does the resurrection of Christ mean?
We will get there but first let’s take a walk in the past of when Jesus was here.
Jesus Preparing For the Passover
Now imagine thousands of years ago the Jews were getting ready for Passover. The temple and the priests are ready for the sacrifices. Money is flowing in and all is well. Except this time there is something very unusual going on in the background. What is unusual about this Passover?
About 3 years ago this Man appeared, it seemed out of no where. The name of this Man is Jesus. He was not like other people. Some of it was the way He spoke (John 7:46). John the Baptist proclaimed Him to be “the lamb that takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). Part of His being different is He keeps declaring He is God (John 19:7). The religious leaders of the Jews are angry because He cleansed the temple of people who make money there twice. (Matthew 21:12-17). Jesus is the unusual going on in the background.
The Religious Leaders Look For a Solution
After 3 years of His going against the normal, the Jewish leaders started plotting on how to get rid of Him. Their conclusion was to lie about Him and have Him crucified. And they succeeded. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the beginning of something new.
But God Had His Own Plan
Romans 3:25 KJV Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Propitiation– 2435-hilasterion… – the place of propitiation, the lid of the golden ark ( the mercy sit) where the blood of a vicarious lamb appeased God’s wrath on sin ( HELPS Word-studies)
Jesus died on the cross to satisfy God’s wrath and His required payment for sin. No animal could do that (Hebrews 10:4-10). Jesus died for God. His death satisfied the wrath of an offended God toward sinners. Christ’s death upon the cross glorified God the Father (John 17:1,5; John 21:19). This brings about the question, how are we to live now?
What Does The Resurrection Of Christ Mean?
1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We live with the knowledge Christ’s death bought our freedom from sin and made our body the “temple” of the Holy Spirit. We no longer belong to the world or our self. Jesus is the Lord over our life. The purpose of our life is to glorify God. We do that in many ways. One of the ways is to stand in our faith.
Where Does Your Faith Stand?
A good starting place to stand in your faith is:
1 Corinthians 2:2 KJV For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified… 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Philippians 3:10-11 KJV 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Our faith in Jesus Christ causes us to stand on the power of God. Through faith we know the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our heart is to grow in its hatred toward sin and love toward God. The focal point of the Christian life is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Are you eagerly looking and waiting for the return of the crucified and risen Lord and Savior of the world?