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 two criminals were scheduled to be executed with Jesus. While suffering the agonies of crucifixion, a conversation took place between the three men. We understand that there is more to having a real conversation than just being physically present. A Native American proverb says that we are not supposed to criticize people, unless we have “walked a mile in their moccasins”. Crucified with them, Jesus was more than just physically present. He walked in their shoes and literally 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.

Death entered the world when we disconnected from God. Sometimes there is genius in simplicity. Death is a complex problem affecting all of creation. We got ourselves into this mess and there was no way out of it. How could God save His own creation? God decided if death entered the world through a man, the first to rise from the dead should also be a man. This is why the Trinity split and sent Jesus to Earth, and this is why God became a man and submitted to mortality to rescue us from death. Jesus has become the very first to rise from the dead.

Jesus 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 are gone. The real reason for death, however, is our disconnection from God. Returning to the Source of Life is the true resurrection that happens when we meet Jesus.

In Jesus we are made whole. All who belong to Him shall be raised to life, which will make Jesus happiest. His mission has been to save us; and it is our resurrection that will complete His mission.

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