On the eve of Resurrection Day I wanted to opine regarding the meaning of Christ’s death, burial and rise to new life. While I believe it to be a real event in the course of history, I also believe it symbolizes something very special; our own death, burial and resurrection.
When we become a Christian, we die to self, our old nature is buried and we become a totally new person.
Because of the cuts, bruises, lacerations and literal chunks of flesh that were torn from the body of Jesus, we are healed. That means, in part, that we are no longer sick with sin. He bore our punishment, while being guilty of doing no wrong.
When the veil tore in two from top to bottom as a result of His death; (get that, TOP to bottom) that was God saying mankind now has open access to Him. Man no longer had to go to a High Priest who was the only one with the authority to enter God’s Most Holy Place in the Temple. This veil was an estimated four inches thick; no man tore it, only God could have.
Our acceptance of Christ is designed to make such a radical change in us that the world notices that change. Have you allowed that change to take place or have you stunted its growth by not surrendering to the will God has for your life? God loves you more than anyone else ever could. He created you out of nothing for His own good pleasure; for fellowship with you. He wants you to know Him as well as He knows you … intimately. Take the time on this glorious occasion to reassess your life. In that reassessment, see if you have truly given yourself totally to God so that He might make in you the person only He knows you can be. rlk