A few thoughts crossed my mind this morning that I’d like to share concerning this Easter season and whatever you may believe about God and who He is. As I reflected upon the questions and doubts we often have about His character and even His existence, it occurred to me that for whoever we call “god” to be the one true God, He would have to conquer death, and He would have to demonstrate the greatest act of love. I concluded that both of these were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Now this is by no means a comprehensive list of the attributes of God, but they struck me to be compelling, even in their simplicity:
1) Conquering Death – There is one seeming mystery that none of us human beings have ever been able to overcome. None of us have ever come back from the dead. Despite our advancements in technology or science, we can’t stop that darn aging process and never once have we seen a loved one return from the grave.
Isn’t it logical that if there is a God (for anyone who may wonder), wouldn’t He be able to conquer the biggest hurdle of man’s existence? Wouldn’t He, being the Creator, be able to both create life and rise from the dead? Shouldn’t He be able to show that death is nothing over Him, to answer the greatest uncertainty of all? Not that I would presume to tell God what to do, but if God is God, I would expect Him to, or He isn’t God.
And that is exactly what He did.
“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!” Luke 24:1-6
If there is any other God but Jesus Christ, wouldn’t they have demonstrated his/her own resurrection?
2) Demonstrating Love – If God is a God of goodness and love, wouldn’t He have the capacity to demonstrate the greatest act of love? If we as human beings know how to love, how much more is the One who created that love able to go far beyond any “goodness” we can muster? That act of love was dying on the cross to take the punishment for our sin. Because He was the Son of God taking on the form of man, His sacrifice was enough to take on all of our punishment and satisfy justice. What greater love could there be than an Omnipotent, pre-existing Being would humble Himself to not only become one of us, but to die for us? His staying on that cross doesn’t call into question his claim to be the Messiah, it confirms it.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross! (Phil. 2:8)
And that is what Easter is all about. He took our place of punishment, forgiving in Godlike proportion. Because of the resurrection, we have the promise and the proof that we, too, will transcend death, that we have no reason to despair, fear and grieve like those who have no hope.
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” (Romans 6:5-6)
May His presence and love be evident to you this Easter, and may the reality of His death and resurrection become your foundation of saving faith.