To Achieve His Own Resurrection From The Dead
Key Texts – Hebrews 13:20-21
The fourth reason Piper mentions why Jesus came to die was to achieve his own resurrection from the dead.
Jesus’s death accomplished His resurrection. Does that sound strange? This rings of antinomy, yet there is a beautiful harmony in it. However, to fully understand and appreciate the significance of this, we have to consider the nature of God, the Law and its demands. God is the essence of all that is holy and perfect. Consider the wisdom of Elihu’s words when he was counseling Job in Job 37.
“Hear this, O Job;
stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know how God lays his command upon them
and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16 Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,…
Notice Elihu’s words at the end of verse 16. He calls God perfect. Now let’s consider the words of Jesus in Matthew 5.
48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
There shouldn’t be any question about the perfection of God. So since God is perfect, all that He does and says is perfect. His works and His words are a reflection of His nature. There is no incongruity with God. Psalm 19:7 declares:
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple,…
The law of the Lord is perfect. This reference of the law is the Law given to Israel through Moses, the Torah (Genesis – Deuteronomy). In these revelatory teachings, God discloses Himself to His covenant people and how they were supposed to live as His witnesses in the world. God’s purpose was to display His glory through His people as they lived according to His word. There were rewards for obedience to God’s Law and there were consequences for disobedience to God’s Law (Deuteronomy 28). To put it simply, the rewards for obedience were life and prosperity (not in ways we think of today) and the consequence for disobedience were being forsaken and death.
The Law rewarded life and prosperity for those who would perfectly obey it and it demanded death for those who violated it (Romans 6:23). The penalty of disobedience was severe because of the One it ultimately violates. Remember, God’s word (law) is a reflection of Himself. So to not do what God commands or to do what is prohibited is to sin against God himself and to defame Him.
What’s significant about Jesus is that He met all of the demands of the Law. This is why He came to earth. He said in Matthew 5:17:
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
(1) He perfectly obeyed the Law (positive satisfaction)
(2) He died as if He’d broken the Law (negative satisfaction)
In His living and dying, the Law of God has been forever fulfilled never needing to be accomplished again. God is satisfied forever with the work of Christ. This is why reconciliation and favor with God is predicated on faith alone in Christ alone.
In matters of Christ’s death accomplishing His resurrection, Christ’s substitutionary death accomplished the penal requirement of God satisfying His wrath. Therefore, God raised Him from the dead vindicating His righteousness. Christ died that He would be raised to display the full measure of the glory of God!
Next Reason: Jesus came to die to show the wealth of God’s love and grace for sinners.
Grace & Peace,