1 Corinthians 15:20-22: “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”

Fate would have it that three men were scheduled to be executed on a Friday afternoon outside the city of Jerusalem on a hill named “Golgotha”, which translated means: skull hill. While suffering the agonies of crucifixion the three men exchanged words. A Native American proverb says that we are not supposed to criticize people, unless we have “walked a mile in their moccasins”. Crucified alongside the two criminals, Jesus walked in their shoes and felt their pain.

How could a fire department accomplish a rescue mission without being on the scene of the accident? That does not make much sense, does it? By the same token, through Jesus, God arrived on the scene of the accident and went through hell to pull us out. If there was a different way of saving us, I am convinced that God would have done it. As it is, He chose His Son to perform the biggest rescue mission ever.

When we turned away from God death entered the world. God then decided to become a man and volunteered to die for us so that we could live. Jesus, the Son of God, walked in our shoes all the way to the deep end, which is why He can meet us literally everywhere. In life and in death He holds the key to eternal life.

In Adam our prospects are grim. We live in this mortal body and once our bodies become inhospitable we pass away. In Jesus we are made whole. All who believe in Him shall be raised to life, which is His greatest desire. The Lord’s mission is to save us; our resurrection completes His mission.

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