By Scott T. Sharp, Pastor
First Baptist Church Nashville
Easter will soon be here and it is always good to take a few minutes to remember the importance of this day as Christians. On Easter morning Jesus Christ, the Son of God clothed in human flesh, rose from death after his crucifixion on the Cross. Having shed his blood for the sins of all men, He was laid to rest in a borrowed tomb where He lay for three days before his resurrection. With his resurrection came victory over death and the grave, and the assurance that when we as Christian die, we too will be resurrected.
It is important to remember that Jesus was 100% God and 100% human at the same time. He was God in the flesh, the God–Man. In scripture He is called Son of God and Son of Man, and scripture further defines what these terms mean in several places. In John 1:14 we read, “And the Word (Jesus – see John 1:1) became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen his glory, glory as of the Son of the Father (God).” Jesus himself also declares this fact in John 14:9-11 where He says, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” So why is this fact so important? Becomes it confirms the concept of resurrection and what resurrection means. It confirms the fact that just as Jesus was raised in human flesh, we too will be raised in human flesh. Had Jesus been raised in any form other than the human form in which he died, then he would have been reincarnated, not resurrected. To be resurrected is to be raised in one’s original form, not in a changed form.
Again, it is Jesus who confirms this truth of resurrection. We know Jesus had nails driven through his hands and a spear thrust into his side while on the cross. After His resurrection, Jesus affirmed many times that he had been raised in the same human flesh in which he had died. In John 20:27, Jesus showed Thomas the scars in his hands and side where the nails and spear had been driven and thrust. In Luke 24:38-43, when his disciples thought they were seeing a ghost, Jesus said to them, “See my hands and feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have. Then He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of boiled fish and He took it and ate before them.”
This is the hope of all Christians at Easter, that as Christ was resurrected from the dead, we too shall be resurrected as we are, not reincarnated in some other form. Praise God for the victory He has given us over death and the grave!