As the Christians around the world celebrate the Easter Sunday, we should contemplate the profound meaning of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What does the resurrection of Jesus mean for each of us?
The resurrection of Jesus Christ forever sealed what God has accomplished on our behalf while in the body here on the Earth, and on the cross at Golgotha. What did He accomplish for us? By suffering and defeating the temptation in the desert, Jesus obtained for the sinful humankind a new and perfect life, Hebrews 2:10, 11. God, in Jesus Christ, created new humankind, not by biological descent but by trusting Jesus, the Son of the promise, or by intellectual assent.
Jesus, on the cross at Golgotha, willingly gave up, or ‘set aside’ His perfect life so that God could put into his body the life of the sinful humankind, and the sin itself; John 12:32; 2 Corinthians 5:21. By abandoning Jesus on the cross, God forever destroyed our life of sin, and our natural inclination to sin, Isaiah 53:6. By the act of wonderful exchange on the cross at Golgotha, God did for us that which was utterly impossible for us to do. God, in the body of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha; Restored in us His image we lost by sinning in the garden of Eden. By making Jesus sin, on the cross at Golgotha, God freed us from our sin and slavery to the kingdom of sin and darkness. He secured for us eternal life by giving us the perfect and eternal life of Jesus Christ. God accomplished for us all of this and more, in the body of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha.
The body of Jesus Christ was sanctified, because He did not sin. Therefore, His body could not experience decay; the Bible confirms it, Acts 2:26 – 31. By this, God ensured that our new spirit, our new life, will also have a suitable body. The apostle Paul made the assertion, ‘just as we have borne the likeness of the first Adam, we shall also bear the likeness of the Second Adam’ – Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 15:49. The resurrection of Jesus Christ proved that His perfect and eternal life could, rightfully, reenter His body and thus irrevocably make Him the Second Adam, the representative of the new humankind.
“It is finished!” proclaimed the dying Savior of the world and, therefore, IT IS FINISHED! The resurrection of Jesus Christ forever sealed our new status with God in Jesus Christ and our eternal destiny with our Father and God. The knowledge contained in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is inexhaustible.