- Romans 4:25 (NKJV) …who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
Yesterday I mentioned the Christian’s annual High Holy Day, which of course is Easter. For the Jews the High Holy Day is Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement.
This was the once-a-year event when the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies and offer a sacrifice before God for the sins of the nation (everyone). The people, from priest to pauper, would stand outside with bated breath to see if the High Priest came back out. For you see, if God would not accept the repentance and sacrifice of the people He would kill the High Priest before the altar.
The High Priest even had a rope tied around his ankle and bells fastened to the hem of his garments in case this happened.
As long as the people heard the bells tinkling they knew the High Priest was alive and in case he didn’t survive they would know because of the silence and could pull him out.
So you can imagine the sigh of relief when the High Priest emerged from behind the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of Temple and world, for it was a sign that the people’s sins had been forgiven and God was at peace with them.
In the same way, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a sign of validation. So long as Jesus lay in the grave behind a cold, huge stone there was no assurance that His redemptive work had been accepted by God. But the fact that God raised Him from the dead is evidence that the Father is satisfied with the sacrifice that Jesus made for the sins of the world.
Those of us who have put our faith and trust in Jesus can be at peace today—the resurrection is prove that we are at peace with God and thus all things are working together for our good.
For hundreds of years the priests would bless the people as they came to worship with the “Aaronic Blessing” (Numbers 6:24-26). The last part of that blessing states: “The LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”
Thanks be to our resurrected Lord and Savior: Jesus Christ, that blessing is assured for all who have put their life in His hands.
If you are not experiencing that deep settled peace today surrender your life to Jesus Christ now and confess Him as your Lord and Savior and then you too can have the assurance that all is and will be well with you—the resurrection is your guarantee.