Guest Author: Robert Richardson | read more: AssemblyHub
I love being outside. Whether relaxing or engaging in activities, I’ve always enjoyed the lively freedom of nature. I’ve also discovered that I connect deeply with God while outdoors, particularly when I pray or read the Bible. It’s a moment when I’m enjoying physical life, while meditating on words of spiritual life.
As we approach another Easter, millions of Christians will remember the historical event of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. If you think about it, it’s a celebration of the ultimate triumph of life. Through His resurrection, Christ showed that death has no hold on Him.
Jesus Christ is a Life-giver and
He gives life to all who come to Him.
Jesus: The Source of Physical and Spiritual Life
“Who is Jesus?” is a fundamental question to understanding the resurrection. Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, correctly acknowledged Him as “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). This famous title, “Son of the living God,” pointed to the divinity of the Messiah, which is Hebrew for “Anointed One” or “Chosen One.”
For instance, John 5:18 states that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day sought to kill Him because he called “God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.” The people refused His message, despite the miracles and prophesies that proved His claim. If you’re a Christian, or at least familiar with the Christian faith, you know of one of the great mysteries found in the Bible – that there is one God who transcendently exists in three distinct, equal, and harmonious persons – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
John 1:1-14 is one of the greatest scriptures to teach that Jesus Christ is God. Here, it refers to Christ as another title: the “Word” of God. It says, “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It reveals that “through him all things were made” and that “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Lastly, it tells us “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father.”
In other words, Jesus is the Creator of all and the Source of life (John 1:2-3). Jesus, God the Son, came to Earth in human form to reveal the nature of God the Father (John 1:14). Because of Jesus’ mission, people can now be reunited with God as His children (John 1:12). This means that we have a way to know and experience our Creator!
Life is Connection. Death is Separation
Jesus Christ is the source of spiritual life in addition to physical life. A beautiful theme throughout scripture is that life represents connection, while death represents separation. For example, when we are physically alive, we enjoy connection with our friends and family. When we die, we are separated from the living and can no longer enjoy relationships with them. This analogy carries over to the spiritual realm.
Spiritual Life vs. Spiritual Death
Jesus taught that spiritual, or eternal, life is knowing “the only true God.” (John 17:3) In other words, spiritual life is to have a relationship with the Life-giving Creator, while spiritual death is to be separated from Him.
Humanity was made to enjoy fellowship with God –
this relationship is our source of spiritual life.
Sin Brought Death – Both physical and spiritual
The scriptures teach that every person is unfortunately separated from God. What would cause this split between the Creator and His creation? The answer is sin, which is a breaking of God’s moral law (1 John 3:4). Sin is more than “breaking rules,” however. It’s an evil inclination of the heart that has affected everyone – all have sinned (Romans 3:23).
If we’re honest, we inherently know something is off about the human condition – we don’t always do what’s righteous and good, instead choosing what’s selfish, destructive, and hurtful. This innate moral sense comes from our Creator (Romans 2:15), who designed us to know right from wrong, though we often suppress it (Romans 1:18-19).
Jesus called sin a “sickness” that needs healing (Mark 2:17). In the same way that sinful actions cause a breakdown in human relationships, our sins before God have caused a break in our relationship with Him (Isaiah 59:2), thus leading to separation, or spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1).
Sin is a spiritual sickness that has a 100% mortality rate…
it always leads to separation from God.
Jesus Gives Us New Life
Our separation from God is the reason Christ came to Earth. By saving us from sin, Jesus reunited us with God, thus giving people new spiritual life when they put their faith in Him. This is the significance of His resurrection. Through Jesus Christ, mankind can know God!
We weren’t made for sin, selfishness, destruction, and pain.
We’re made for life, holiness, relationship, and perfection.
We will experience the fullness of this perfection one day when God abolishes physical death, pain, and suffering, and remakes all of creation (Revelation 21:5).
Fellowship with the Life-Giving God
There is a paradox of sorts in the Christian faith – Jesus, the Source of life, died and resurrected so that we could have eternal life. Our Creator doesn’t demand that we change before we come to Him. Instead, He graciously calls us to come as we are, with all our mistakes, failures, and sin, so that He can heal and change us.