“I am the life… Christ died” (John 14:6; I Corinthians 15:3).
I often wonder what must have happened in the being of the Lord Jesus Christ when “the Prince of life” experienced that which is a complete aberration of who and what He is (Acts 3:15).
No answer is forthcoming to such an inquiry, of course. Finite beings who must receive life cannot fathom what it is to be life. Thus, we cannot begin to comprehend the contradiction of spirit and soul that occurred when the Lord Jesus bowed His head and willingly entered into the dark realm of death for our sakes. We can attempt to imagine, based upon our own experiences that flow against the course of our interests, inclinations and preferences. This will not take us far, however, into understanding the horror of our Savior’s entrance into that which is completely foreign to His nature of vibrant life.
Mindful of this inability to comprehend, our best response involves availing ourselves of “the grace of life” which ever flows from the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice (I Peter 3:7). We live because He died. Moreover, we live because He lives in the resurrection that took place three days after His death on the cross. “Because I live, ye shall live also” (John 14:19). A Life beyond life presents itself to trusting hearts at all times as the risen Christ dwells with and within born again believers. Thus, we may not be able to understand what our Lord did for us. We can, however, avail ourselves to the holy benefit. This is our worship and expression of gratitude as we seek to live in a manner that bears witness to our blessed Prince of life, who for our sakes entered into death so that He might freely give unto us His eternal life.
“He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew not sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Corinthians 5:21)