Easter Sunday Reflection: The Foundation of the Christian Faith — The Resurrection of Christ

Christ died and rose so as to release us from the law of sin that we are all bound to.

Passage:

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.

For the death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
— Romans 6:3-8, 10-12, ESV.

Reflection:

When I was much younger, I always ask these questions: Must Jesus die? Why must He suffer? What did we do that Jesus must do what He did to redeem us? But little did I know that when Adam and Eve chose to go against the command of God and eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, God knew that He must send His one and only beloved Son down our universe and experience death so as to release us from the power of disobedience. Jesus knew, from the beginning, the Holiness of God and the craftiness of Satan. He knew that on one hand, God cannot accept a speck of sin in His midst (ref: Psalms 5:4). On the other hand, He knew that Satan prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking for people to devour (ref: 1 Peter 5:8, ESV). On top of this, the love of Christ for all that the Father has created also drew Him to do whatever it takes to open the way for humankind to get to Him.

But we chose to go against the Father and do as we deemed fit. We sinned.

Sure, we may not have committed notable crimes nor have we broken the code of law. But in the eyes of the Lord, as long as we failed to do as what God has called us to, we have sinned (ref: James 4:17). And for that, we deserve death (ref: Romans 6:23).

Christ knew deep down that with the infiltration of sin into the world, humankind will give in to the powers of sin. They will be unable to control themselves (ref: Romans 7:14-20). In other words, they are indeed slaves with absolutely no control of their bodies to do what they ought to do.

So, if we are unable to control ourselves, we will be bound by this law of sin that will lead us to death. From a human standpoint, there is absolutely no way we can be released from the curse of death, not if something is done to undo this curse. And this was exactly what Jesus did when He came onto the earth, walked among us, died the most humiliating manner possible, and rose from the dead.

For our sake, Jesus broke the curse of death by the power of the Holy Spirit for us. For our sake, Jesus who was sinless was made to be sin (ref: 2 Corinthians 5:21). If God picked a sinful person in Jesus’ place, how will he bear the sins of the world? If Jesus chose not to die and not to rise, wouldn’t we still be bound to the law of sin (ref: 1 Corinthians 15:17)?

Therefore, it is not about the individual sins that we commit that Jesus had to die for. Rather, Christ died and rose so as to release us from the law of sin that we are all bound to.

In the past, we are unable to choose to do God’s will. We are unable to control ourselves. But now, when we place our faith in the resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit that now indwells in our hearts guide us to the knowledge of the will of God. We are now able to control ourselves and to consciously choose to obey the will of God.

Is sin still reigning in your mortal bodies? Christ has died and risen again. We are now freed from the law of sin and are now able to obey the laws of righteousness. Will you, henceforth, choose to curb sin in our mortal bodies and obey the will of God and attain the eternal life He has promised?

Prayer:

Father, I thank You for the wondrous work You have done on the cross. I thank You for the plans You had for us. I thank You from releasing us from the bondage of sin so that we may be able to obey the law of righteousness. Help us to constantly remember the sacrifices that You have made for us and the great love You have for us. Open our eyes to see the amazing plans You have made for us. Help us to always sing You praises for the salvation You’ve brought to our lives. I pray all these in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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