Last week we talked about the Trinity. We talked about the roles of The Father and The Holy Spirit. This week, in honor of Easter, I want to talk to you about the role of The Son.
Long before God ever created the world or anything in it, He knew that when He created Adam and Eve, they would sin and bring a curse to the world. He knew that He wanted to save His creation from sin and their subsequent death. So, God came up with a plan. How this all went down is a mystery. No one knows exactly how God came up with this plan because He never revealed it to us in Scripture. We do know that the plan, formed in eternity past, consisted of God The Son coming down to earth as a human, being born of a virgin, living a sinless, meek, life, and then being killed in the place of every human who would believe in Him and repent of their sins.
We also know that the plan has us in mind because when someone repents and believes the Gospel (the good news of God The Son, Jesus, our Saviour coming to earth for us) that person will have eternal life. Everyone who doesn’t repent and believe the Gospel will face the wrath of God for their sins and be thrown into Hell for eternal, conscious, torment.
However, the plan didn’t stop with the death of Jesus. God was still working out His plan. The most important part of that plan was what happened three days after Christ had died.
Three days after Jesus died, someone women came to the tomb to get Jesus’ body adequately prepared for burial. In Jewish culture, the day begins at sunset, so when Jesus died on Friday afternoon, there wasn’t a lot of time to get Him ready for burial. The Jewish Sabbath started at sundown on Friday, then Saturday was the Sabbath, and no one could do any work, but Sunday began at sundown again, and it would be too dark to do any work so finally, on Sunday morning, the women could prepare His body. When they came to the tomb though, it was empty! And an angel told them the most fantastic thing. He had told them that Jesus was not there because He had risen from the dead! This is the most amazing thing that has ever happened! And it plays a crucial part in our salvation.
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” – 1 Corinthians 15:17-19
Here Paul argues that without the resurrection we have no hope. Why would he say that? Because Jesus rising from the dead is proof that He is God. No one else has ever, or could ever, raise themselves from the dead. The few people mentioned in the Bible that were raised from the dead were raised by God through someone else anointed by God. But never do you see that someone raise themselves from the dead. How could they? They’re dead! The same power of Christ that raised His body from the dead is the same power that will one day raise us up and bring us to live eternally with Him.
That is the message of Jesus. God The Son came down to us, died for us, rose from the dead, and will one day raise all of those who repent and trust in Him.