The Resurrection of Jesus
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 8 Tuesday
What’s the typical Christian perspective on Christ’s resurrection? Most versions have some elements of God’s anger was assuaged by the shedding of Jesus’ blood, so as a reward for the “perfect sacrifice”, Jesus was granted life again. Even our lesson has the element of giving us “hope” of a heavenly “inheritance” from the resurrection.
Is this accurate, or is there more – much more?
The lesson also points out that His resurrection showed “… He has the power to conquer death itself.” Was it Jesus’ “power” that conquered death?
What is His “power” in the first place?
Life is the default status in God’s universe. Death, as we know it, exists only on Earth. When Jesus had perfectly restored God’s original design back in to Man, Life was the only possible result. After He had been made perfect, through suffering [Hebrews 5: 8, 9], He could allow Himself to be “put to sleep”, but the grave could not hold Him. This is how He was able to say, “I lay down My life, that I may take it again.” [John 10:17]. He was the designer. He knew that Man restored to his original nobility would live.
“But it was not merely to accomplish the redemption of man that Christ came to the earth to suffer and to die. He came to “magnify the law” and to “make it honorable.” Not alone that the inhabitants of this world might regard the law as it should be regarded; but it was to demonstrate to all the worlds of the universe that God’s law is unchangeable. Could its claims have been set aside, then the Son of God need not have yielded up His life to atone for its transgression. The death of Christ proves it immutable. And the sacrifice to which infinite love impelled the Father and the Son, that sinners might be redeemed, demonstrates to all the universe—what nothing less than this plan of atonement could have sufficed to do—that justice and mercy are the foundation of the law and government of God.” Great Controversy page 503.
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3.
Which Law lens are you looking through?
By the way, speaking of the second death, if Jesus died to pay the legal penalty, and the legal penalty is the second death, and the serious thing about the second death is that you never rise again; and again, He died to pay the legal penalty, then He should still be in the grave. If Jesus and God were operating on a strict, legal system, there could be no resurrection.
Because He went up to Heaven on Sunday, none of us are paid up and we are in serious legal trouble. So the resurrection is one of the most significant reasons why the strictly legal model would not be adequate.
When Jesus went to heaven, the angels didn’t say, “Wait a minute. You are supposed to stay dead for eternity to pay the price for sin. Hurry back, we won’t tell anybody we saw You out of the grave.” No, they said, “It’s more than enough. You could have come up on Friday!”
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