Resurrection. Such a word. Such an idea is so foreign to humanity held in the grip of sin & death. Death now is so interwoven to our knowledge of life that recited to consistently to us are those words “Death is just a part of life.” But why? How can this be? Everything in our being craves for life. Longing to hold on to it. Humans would cling to life with all their might and with their mustered strength. As a loved one held so dear slips from life unto death we cry out. Knowing from every fibre of our being this not how it should be. Why has this cursed me? In a word, sin.
By the words of a man named Paul long ago in his letter to the church in Rome, “the wages of sin is death”, “And so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.”
It takes hold on all and leaves out none. It is foreign to us. For it is not what we were designed for. We were designed for life yet we chose death by sin. And by “we” I mean you, and I, and all mankind. The late writer CS Lewis could write, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” But how, if we have this sentence of death hanging by a flimsy thread over us, can we supplant our terrible fate of eternal death. We cannot by our own strength. If I am drowning and with every breath am sinking lower and lower into my watery grave, I, who am drowning, cannot toss myself a lifeline in hopes of setting myself afloat. I am helpless to save myself. Such is death to humanity. But if it is death that has complete grip on us, would not this death have to be defeated? Would not this death have to be vanquished and conquered forever?
Emphatically yes! Paul could counter. On the heels of “the wages of sin is death.” He gloriously declares, “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is where resurrection comes in. But for resurrection to take place there first has to be a death to rise from. Death would have to be conquered by someone who could pass through it and take back life again.
The one alone able is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In sinless perfection, He took on humanity and became a man. And though He was a great teacher, He came to earth with the sole purpose of saving your soul. He lived His whole life without sin, thinking of the moment at Calvary. There He would demonstrate His love to the extent that He would suffer & bleed at the hands of men. And when they had run their course, He endured the full wrath of God due unto us for our sin. The entire, concentrated, punishment for the sin of mankind was laid on Him upon the cross. And finally he laid down His own life for you. But without the resurrection it would all be in vain. He defeated death by passing through it and taking back life again.
“Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my saviour; He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
To prove to mankind He is able to grant eternal life He arose.
The offer boldly calls to you today. It was for you He accomplished this; so that you might know eternal life and enter a personal relationship with Him today by faith in His finished work. Won’t you answer Him today?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16