But for the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ, human history could be stated in three words: Deception, Defeat and Death. The resurrection was the declaration and proclamation of truth, victory and life to humanity. There is no equal or similar event in the whole of the history of mankind that could change the paradigm of humanity.
Deception to Truth:
Satan used the weapon of deception to take humanity into bondage. In disguise as serpent, Satan sowed the seeds of doubt in the mind and heart of Eve. “Did God really say, `You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Gen 3:1) Deception begins with doubt. Satan led Eve to doubt the goodness of God. It was a direct assault on God’s character. He made her to doubt the intentions of God. Did God mean business or was He just kidding? Then Satan deceptively gave an assurance or promise: “You will not surely die” (Genesis 3:4) and sadly Eve accepted that and forgot God’s commandment.
The deceived humanity bears the mark of sin in its very nature. There are no exceptions, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. (Romans 3:23) The ingrained sin corrupts the whole mankind in totality. The whole creation bears the brunt of the curse caused by the great human deception in history.
The anti-dote for deception is the Truth. Lord Jesus Christ said that He was The Way, The Truth and The Life. (John 14:6) He was the embodiment of Truth or in other words Truth personified. Satan brought sin through deception while Christ brought salvation through Truth. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) The poison of deception was defeated in the Cross of Calvary and was vindicated by God on the first Easter Sunday.
Defeat To Victory:
The deception or fall was not one-time event without consequences. The deception enslaved people to sin. Sin became the master and the sinner became the slave. And sin was the instrument used by Satan to achieve his purpose of enslaving humanity. “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin””. (John 8:34) The enslaved humanity lived in perpetual defeat.
Paul describes this graphically. “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15) He was defeated in his intentions, efforts and results. Having noble thoughts and ideas did not ensure victory. Best and sincere endeavors were vain. The result was always “defeat”. A life devoid of meaning and purpose was the lot for whole humanity. All attempts to rise up morally worked counter productive as it pulled a person deeper into the quagmire.
There is assurance of victory in the resurrection. Not life of victim but victorious life could be humanity’s choice. Deliverance knocks at the door of humanity. Human dignity is restored as free will is used for right purposes and for higher purposes. Easter message is: No more a slave or prisoner but free person in Christ Jesus.
Death To Eternal Life:
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (I Cor 15:26) Death was darkness, torment, mystery and enemy until the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ. The life after death was simply aspiration and imagination. Death was a terror agent. Was death end of human life?
But, a door of hope was opened in resurrection. The windows of eternity were thrown open to humanity to peep and praise God. The last enemy of humanity, the death was at last defeated decisively.
Resurrection offers hope for Eternal life with God and in His presence forever. Death becomes a gateway to heavenly eternal life and not a misery or mystery. Resurrection not only defeats the fear of death in the minds of the disciples of Lord Jesus Christ but also guarantees quality eternal life. The after life shall be everlasting of higher quality. And immorality is the gift of resurrection. And heaven is open for us to enter the presence of God, with His angels and His saints. A glorious future, fellowship and joy is assured.
Praise God for Easter
Resurrection has rewritten the biography of those who believe in Lord Jesus Christ from Deception, Defeat and Death to Truth, Victory and Eternal Life. Let us celebrate it.