“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
One of the greatest mistakes we ever made growing up was watching ‘The Passion of the Christ’ with my grandmother. I remember her lamenting over and over again in our native language, ‘what did he do to you?’ as tears flowed freely from her eyes at the sufferings of Jesus. A lot of people respond emotionally to the sacrifice of Jesus.
However, when you see what he did through the eyes of revelation, it inspires thanksgiving, joy and awe. Why should we be filled at rejoicing at a man’s death? We’d answer that right away.
Jesus, talking about his death in Joh 12:24 said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” He would die as one, but rise as many. Jesus needed to die so that we all could be raised. His death was necessary to bring forth much fruit. By his sacrifice, everyone who believed would have eternal life. Hallelujah.
If you study closely, you’d realize that the death of Jesus was not some tragic accident. It was an intentional operation of God. Pilate did everything he could to make sure Jesus was not killed. He offered to release him or the most terrible criminal at that time. It was a no brainer. He expected that they would choose to release Jesus over Barnabas. But God was at work. Jesus would die for the sins of man, and he would resurrect. But not alone.
The resurrection of Jesus was the building of his church (Matthew 16:17,18). He has built his church. The gates of hell do not prevail against it. He conquered death, grave and hell when he arose never to die again. And guess what? We died with him and were raised with him. He is head over all things to the church which is his body. The church is built. The gates of hell do not prevail against the church. It is not a prayer point. It is a reality.