“If Christ didn’t rise from the dead, we of all people are most to be pitied.” – Apostle Paul
Daniel Webster was a leading American Senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War. He participated in important U.S. Supreme Court cases, which bolstered the authority of the Federal government. His biography, which contains 863 pages, focuses on his personal life, family, and career.
Only five pages are devoted to his death. Abraham Lincoln, former President and leader for the abolition of slavery, has a 5,000-page biography. Only 25 pages describe his heart-wrenching assassination and death. You would expect both of these men to have their biography focus primarily on their life and not their death.
The man Jesus Christ was different. His biography of the 4 gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, was more like a dieography. One-third of Matthew and Mark, one-fourth of Luke, and over one-half of John spoke about His death. Why is this so? Is it because Jesus’ main mission was to come into the world, glorify the Father, and die for the sins of mankind? I believe so. The most famous passage quoted in Scripture is John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” What’s awesome is that Jesus conquered death. He rose again on the 3rd day and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Though most of the events surround his death, it’s because of his biography, unlike others, continues beyond the grave.
Be thankful that God has died for you. If He chose to abandon us, we would still be dead in our sins and perish in Hell. However, He chose to pursue us with love and send Jesus to take our punishment. Thank you, Jesus, for extending your marvelous grace to us by dying on the cross. We give you all the praise, glory, and honor in Jesus’s name. Amen.