We as Christians realize that Jesus is our Source of hope. He provided for our salvation. But on what basis was that provision effective? Do you know? Let us consider several reasons.
Jesus is God – God the Son. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" John 1:1. Only God could perfectly reveal God. He is also the Creator. "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible . . . all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist" Colossians 1:16, 17. Creative power is needed to create in us a new heart and life. No one but the Creator God could do that.
Jesus became a man. He, "being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men" Philippians 2:6, 7. This was the only way He could live our life for us as a perfect example depending on our Father God every step of the way just as we must.
We do not have to fear the death referred to by Jesus as "sleep" because He experienced the second death for us. "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8. But in spite of His death for us, we would have been without hope, were it not for His resurrection. Jesus Himself proclaimed "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live" John 11:25. His resurrection assures us of life eternal through faith in Him.
While "all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" Isaiah 64:6, the good news is that Christ provides His righteousness to cover us. "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption" 1 Corinthians 1:30.
Having completed the offering of Himself for us on earth, Jesus continues His work on our behalf as our heavenly Priest. "We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens" Hebrews 8:1
Truly, God has made known "the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: . . . which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" Colossians 1:26, 27.
Kathryn Irizarry is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.