By Jarrod Belcher
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Colossians 1:15. All around the world Christians have united in their celebration of the central event of Christianity which is the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But the meaning of the resurrection may be lost on many people. Some people may say of these things, “So what?”
Christians ought to be able to respond to the confusion of what it means for the world that Jesus has been raised from the dead. For centuries, animal sacrifice was being performed as an offering which brought atonement or the covering of the sins of God’s people. But those sins were only covered. They weren’t washed away and God’s people needed a better sacrifice than that of animals. Enter the Lord Jesus. He was the perfect man who died upon the cross for all sinners. He becomes the true Lamb of God and the sacrifice that satisfies God’s wrath against our sins. The offering of the body of Christ does away with any other sacrifice forever because it is sufficient for all sins for all time.
But without the resurrection we would be left wondering if our sins had truly been forgiven. When God raised Jesus up from the dead it did at least two great things for us. First of all it guaranteed that God accepted the shed blood of Jesus as the true atonement for the sins of his people. As a rule, when you sin you die; and when you die you stay dead. But the claim of Jesus was that he was without sin and that he was dying for his people. When God raised him up from death he was showing the world that the shed blood of Christ had satisfied his wrath against our sins. So when we have believed into Christ Jesus we can know with confidence that our sins are forgiven because Jesus lives. And the second great thing promised to us by Christ’s resurrection is that we too shall be raised up from death. He was the first to defeat death and he has promised to one day do away with death for all his people. Let us be thankful today for the resurrection of Jesus.