In our previous lesson, you have learned about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ on earth; and his death was the ultimate price and sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Jesus Christ has made available the forgiveness of our sins by the washing of his blood and by living according to his commands.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
After the death of Jesus Christ, he was buried in the tomb of Joseph Arimathea (Mat 27:57-61) for two days. And on the third day, Christ’s body can no longer be found. He was resurrected from the dead as promised God which also fulfilled what he said in John 2:19, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The temple he was talking about here was his body.
Some people may not believe that Christ was raised back to life but the Gospel records witnesses of seeing Jesus Christ’s resurrected body including . But to all the believers of Christ, the resurrection of Christ is our life, the oxygen by which we breathe in. Knowing and experiencing that Jesus Christ lives and is very alive you could feel his very presence in the room; this is what empowers us believers in the race of faith. Christ is here to help us overcome the world as he did:
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
Jesus Christ, the Name above every other name, the High Priest
The accomplishment of Jesus Christ’s mission to save mankind from sin through a life of humble servanthood to the point of death, he has gained the highest position in heaven, and given a name that is above every other name, and “that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and things under the earth…” (See Philippians 2:8-10). For the sake of all, Jesus endured everything with joy because he knew that the glory awaiting him would be our salvation.
Moreover, Caiaphas, the ex-Jewish high priest unconsciously did a prophetic act when he tore his robe accusing Jesus of blasphemy (see Matt. 26:65). This act was a prophetic gesture that Jesus Christ will become the next High Priest because in the Jewish culture, it is forbidden by the law to rip your clothes apart as the High Priest. As a result of this, Caiaphas was no longer the high priest at the moment he tore his robe and when Jesus Christ offered his life as the sacrifice for the cleansing of our sins, he has become our High Priest forever. Jesus Christ is now wearing an eternal robe of a High Priest that no hand could tear. We could come to God through Jesus Christ without feeling condemned for our weaknesses and wrongdoings.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16
For the last part of this lesson, you will learn about the next coming of Jesus Christ.