Few years back, there was this best-selling novel, by the name of “The Da Vinci Code”, which sort of started many furious discussions about certain basic tenets of Christianity. The book was based on the concept that Jesus Christ did not die on the Cross, but escaped from death and that there is a blood line of Jesus Christ, still surviving, to become the savior at the right time. Many have asked me about the premise of this book and my answer is always the same: If Jesus did not die on the Cross and was not resurrected, then He would not be Jesus “CHRIST”. I would not be using “He”, it would be just “he”. Actually, I would not be even writing a blog about “him”. So, why would I care if there is a blood line or not?
The death of Jesus Christ is the ultimate sacrifice on the Cross, but it does not end there. The LORD is risen!!! And HE is alive forever and ever. But why was the LORD raised to life? For our justification.
When the LORD gave His life for us as the atoning sacrifice, we are cleansed from our sins. But giving a sacrifice is not everything. Remember Cain? He gave sacrifices to the LORD, but his sacrifices were not pleasing to God, so they were rejected. So, it is important that the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross is accepted by God the Father. And the Resurrection is God’s stamp of approval on the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Calvary.
Though the Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ on the Cross had washed our sins, we were still not justified before the eyes of the Most Holy God. It was when Jesus was resurrected, we became righteous before our God. Though Christmas and New Year are more popular than Easter is, IMHO Easter should be the Festival of Festivals. It is the Resurrection that changed everything.
The LORD’s Resurrection is proof that His sacrifice was accepted by God our Father, that the Lord God has accepted His sacrifice as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Resurrection made the work of Jesus complete. Because His Resurrection is what conquered the ultimate enemy of humankind – death.
His Resurrection is the basis of all our hopes. It was His Resurrection that made us righteous and it is because we are made righteous by His Resurrection, we hope for eternal life.
That’s why Apostle Paul gives so much importance to the Resurrection of the LORD and says,
|Psalm 14:1“For the director of music. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”
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