today is the day some of us celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. i know i do. in most ways i am an ‘every day is holy’ kind of person, rather than having days set apart for special. but on a few select days i do especially focus on the thing the day is about. this is one of those days.
i dont really care what actual day it was that Jesus rose from the dead. i’m just glad He did.
even tho He was the Son of God, Jesus lived as a man in covenant with God. alot of people think He did the things He did because He was the Son of God. but actually doing that would have made the sacrifice on the Cross void. He had to do things as a man, walking in the covenant that God struck with abraham as described in genesis chapters 15 thru 17.
after the covenant was cut in the blood of the animals, when God made abraham sleep and night came and the fire and the smoking pot passed thru the divided pieces of the carcasses (this is where the two representatives of a covenant between two men or two tribes would normally walk thru the blood), this is why God asked him to sacrifice his son isaac. his only son. abraham was in a covenant, and there were blessings that came with it for both parties in keeping the covenant. but there were curses and the penalty of death for breaking such a covenant. for both parties.
but abraham trusted God. obviously. so he prepared to make the sacrifice his covenant partner had asked of him. when his boy asked him where the lamb was for the sacrifice, he told him not to worry about it, God would provide it. see, abraham had a previously spoken promise from God that he would be the father of many nations. and isaac was the son he got from that promise. he knew that either God would stop him and provide a substitute, or raise isaac up from the dead.
so when abraham was about to slay isaac, it was not surprising that God stopped him, and showed him the substitute ram caught in the bushes.
now for the really good part in the story. when a partner of a covenant requested something of the other partner, he was then obligated to give the same of his own household. it is the way such blood covenants are done. see where this is going?
we needed a substitute. we are all guilty of at least one sin. and one is all it takes to make a man unable to endure God’s presence. and God wants us in His presence. thats why He made us in the first place. to give us His love. to be with us. so God had this plan…
and now that abraham was willing to give his only son to God, and with him all the promise of being the father of many nations, and even just being a father, God was now obligated to do the same under penalty of the curses that came with breaking a blood covenant. God did this of His own volition. He didnt have to make a binding blood covenant first to offer us Jesus. but He wanted to show us the certanty of the promises He makes, and the unchangeableness of His word and His nature. He wanted to show us He meant it. the covenant with abraham came with promises on both sides. abraham promised to be faithful to God, and God promised to be faithful to abraham and his seed. (see, He had to rescue isaac). and when it came time for both parties to walk the walk of blood, between the pieces of animals, God did it alone, because man wouldnt be able to keep the vows on his own.
so, when Jesus was here as a man, He walked as a man in covenant with God, and kept the promise to be absolutely faithful. when he went to the cross, it was in place of every person who hasnt been perfect.
that seals the deal. all sin is paid for. the substitute was innocent, so the grave couldnt keep Him.
and i celebrate the day this happened. because, on the day i accepted His sacrifice as having been for me, something changed, and i havent been the same since.
and that is a good thing.