What is the significance of Easter Sunday? Firstly it celebrates the eternal Word has been tested and found true. The Word was God and was with God from the beginning. (So any idea of man with regards to life and death must be defined as it is laid down in the Word. ) According to the promise of God the Word became flesh ‘ and lived among us’. The Word has been found true with the life of Jesus Christ. His death and resurrection was foreordained and we have the Psalm of David in which he testified,”For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption (Ps.16:10).” In short the eternal Word has been found holding up in the life of the Son of man. He reigns forever having tasted death once for everyone.
Secondly the divine nature of God found a way to connect with man where the problem was neither in one nor the other but sin that overcame him by default. “But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead (Ro.7:8)”. Consequently man was condemned and death was a curse. We only need recall how Adam after his fall responded to the voice of God walking in the garden. ‘Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God… (Ge.3:8)’. This was an outward disconnection their sin had caused. Adam was the son of God nevertheless (Lk.3:38). “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive(1 Co.15:22;Ro.5:12). Jesus Christ was God the Son and in his resurrection we are given a clear proof that death is nothing more than a covering that shall be put away.
Thirdly the proof of Word as eternal establishes Christian Living as our lives being hid in Christ even while we are in our bodies. At the water baptism we die to the world and sin and henceforth we do not live any more for ourselves but being conformed to our Savior Lord who is ‘the firstborn from all dead’. Because death could not hold Jesus Christ back whosoever believes in his death and resurrection shall follow the path he has shown. It is the key to Christian Living.