Death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
By Jared Oginga
Once again, the season of Easter is here! The Church is celebrating the greatest event in history – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Millions of people have died, but none has ever resurrected. This is what sets Christianity apart from any other religion. Other religious leaders offer their followers “eternal life” yet the same leaders have themselves died and are still captives of the grave.
Did you know that the virgin birth and the resurrection of Jesus are the only miracles that were predicted in the Bible before they happened? All other miracles were spontaneous and according to the need of the moment. Indeed, the bible hardly gives advance warning or notice of a miracle to come. But in the case of the resurrection, hundreds of prophecies were given by Old Testament prophets and by none other than Jesus himself, hardly a day before his arrest, crucifixion, death and resurrection.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, was a historical event witnessed by many people that were present then. These were not just his followers or even his admirers, those who opposed him were there, the Roman soldiers who, carried out the actual crucifixion, were also there and even some indifferent passers-by. All biblical miracles had an immediate beneficiary.
When the Israelites were faced with the obstacle of the Red Sea, with the Egyptian army behind them in hot pursuit, the Lord, through Moses parted the sea. When the same Israelites were in the desert with no food and water, the Lord asked Moses to strike a stone and water gushed out, he also provided the Israelites with Manna. Other prophets performed many miracles included healings, raising the dead, providing endless flow of oil and floor, etc. The people present were the immediate beneficiaries.
But it is different with the death and resurrection of Jesus, the beneficiary is the entire humanity of all time. The bible says that, “For God so loved the world that he gave his Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Easter is first and foremost a spiritual event that must be celebrated in our hearts before it can be celebrated outwardly. It is the greatest gift that God has given to humanity. Each one of us can have a personal relationship with this holy God. This is a gift like no other.
Friends let’s celebrate Easter first in our hearts even as we enjoy the good things that the Lord in his mercies and generosity blesses us with.
“For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).