4: Christ suffered and died to achieve His own resurrection from the dead

This is part 4 of 50 in a series based on the book ‘Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die’. Read the introductory post or view all the posts in the series.

Ref: Heb 13:20-21

The death of Christ did not merely precede his resurrection—it was the price that obtained it.

Now what is the relationship between this shedding of Jesus’ blood and the resurrection? The Bible says he was raised not just after the blood-shedding, but by it. This means that what the death of Christ accomplished was so full and so perfect that the resurrection was the reward and vindication of Christ’s achievement in death.

The righteousness of God was completely vindicated. All that was left to accomplish was the public declaration of God’s endorsement. This he gave by raising Jesus from the dead.

I’ll admit I haven’t quite got this one. Thankfully, the efficacy of Christ’s work in my life doesn’t depend on my limited intellect.