Posts Tagged ‘death’

Easter: Rising to the Occasion

April 12, 2009

On the third day, the ground around Jesus’ tomb shook, causing the guards stationed there to tremble and fall and the boulder over the entrance to the tomb rolled away. Inside the tomb, all that remained where His body once rested were the cloths that lay over him, neatly folded on the stone. Mary Magdelene and Jesus’ mother, Mary, went to visit the tomb with spices, but they found not Jesus’ body, but an angel, sitting on the boulder that was rolled away. He said to them, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.” (Matthew 28:1-6)

Jesus’ Resurrection is more than just fulfilling more prophecies of the Old Testament. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, He would not have been able to be the Way, the Truth, or the Life. In John 14:6, Jesus said that no one comes to the Father except through Him. A dead Messiah could not be the Life, for he is dead. He would not be the Way, either. How can a dead Messiah bring us to the Father? That said, this means He would not be the Truth, either, for by not being at least one of these, it disproves the entire statement of John 14:6. However, He has risen. By being the Life, He conquered death. By being the Way, He has sent us the Holy Spirit and is actively guiding more and more people to the Father. By being the Truth, He has fulfilled the Old Testament Messianic prophecies and has saved the world from their sins. Now, one question remains, are we willing to accept Him as our personal Savior?

Titus 3:4-7 can best tell us why His resurrection is significant.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Happy Easter to all, and God bless!


Good Friday: The Good of It

April 10, 2009

I understand the topic title might sound a little strange, but that is what I want to focus on, today.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, My Lord prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane, for He knew that His time had come to do what He ultimately came here to do. Being human, the knowledge of His coming death was stressful, painful, and frightening. However, my Lord refused to run away and gave Himself to be put to death on the cross. Judas, one of His disciples, betrayed Him, and handed Him over to Pilate for 30 pieces of silver. He was laughed at, mocked, beaten, whipped 39 times, and even had a crown of thorns thrusted on His head. And, even after all of the pain and public humiliation, He carried the cross, with His severely weakened body, up the hill to Golgotha (some might call it Calvary). There, His hands and feet were pierced by nails, driven through His flesh into the wood on the other side. Within what might have been a few hours, He died there.

What was the good part of that, you ask? Ever since Man’s fall, sacrifices had to be made for the atonement of sins. However, the priests were imperfect, and the offerings were imperfect. Not a man could ultimately redeem the sins of the people. Then God sent His Son to take away the sins of the world. He was made man so He could be made a perfect offering to God.  He was God, but He was also a man, and as a man, He was tempted in every way, but He was without sin. By dying on the cross, we no longer have to make continual sacrifices to God. Even better, we are all made heirs of God, because of His Son. Jesus, as a priest, made the ultimate sacrifice. Being a priest, He is also the connection between God and Man. He, as the Lamb of God, sacrificed Himself to remove the sins of the present, but the sins of the past and the future, as well. The veil of the temple tore in two from top to bottom, because when the sacrifice was complete, we are now able to approach God’s throne through our Lord Jesus. And that is just scratching the surface.

I consider this day, together with Easter, as the most important holiday, with Christmas close behind. We need to thank the Lord, this Friday, for without Him, we would not have been saved.