[2015, Wednesday Morning, Dave Johanson]
Malachi 4:2 (NKJV)
2 But to you who fear My name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise, With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
We can only dimly speculate how Jesus "felt" on that first Easter morning. For Him, in His human nature, it was the dawn of a New World of living. He was no longer the "Suffering Servant." "Man of Sorrows" was no longer applicable to Him. He died a man "in whom there was no beauty that we should desire Him." He arose a man beautiful beyond description. " You are fairer than the sons of men" (Psa. 45:2) the psalmist exults and so He was.
Jesus, in His human nature, died condemned. Jesus, in His human nature, arose glorified... His Divine nature admitted no increase in glory but, in some way we cannot fathom, rejoiced in the long awaited consummation... the end toward which all things were created,... the fulfilled promise of the glorified God-Man union ... the anti-type toward which all "one flesh" relationships typify.
How can we, this side of our own glorification, do anything other than dream of what that involved for Jesus?
We shall know... for as He is so we shall be (1Jn 3:2). We shall be changed, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:52) and the sin induced corruption of our bodies, in whatever stage it has progressed, will be put away, discharged forever, and we shall know even as we are known. He is the "first-born" of the dead so that He may rejoice before God the Father Almighty in the presence of many brethren... this is the day that dawned on that first Easter. Jesus awoke to reap the assured reward of His mighty victory.
What energy must have pulsed through His veins! What power must have crackled and flowed through His Person! The Revelation (ch. 1) presents Him as glorious beyond description but exuding holiness and energy. He had only to mount His White Horse (Rev. 19:11-16) and to ride... to cover the whole earth ... to slay His enemies with the sharp sword coming from His mouth and to gather His victorious saints into an unstoppable army. He died with the work of "Redemption Accomplished" consummated in His ringing cry "It is finished!". He rose from the dead with the work of "Redemption Applied" dawning in the rising sun. Now the joy begins. His Vicarious Substitution fulfilled, the Covenant of Redemption accomplished, He joyfully addressed Himself to the work of Mediator of the Covenant of Grace, to apply all the benefits of His meritorious life and death, to those He came to save. Now He rises to heaven and enters into the Presence of God, bearing His own blood as holy testimony (Heb. 9:11-12) in order to intercede for His beloved Bride, to cleanse our consciences from dead works in order that we should and will, obey and serve the Living God.
This was the New Day that Jesus arose to and ushered in. This is the New Day that has not yet passed. This is the New Life that was opened to the world and is freely offered to all men. This is the New Heart that draws millions into its love and plants the seeds of love in their breast, transforming them and creating in them a new creature, with a heart of flesh replacing the old heart of stone. This is He who sends forth His Spirit so that He, the Spirit, may take the things of Christ and make them the possession of His Church, His Holy Assembly, the newly constituted Church of Jesus Christ.
Here are new possibilities made plain. Regenerated men are no longer under the dominion of sin. They have choices... they have opportunities .... they face mountains that can be tossed into the sea... they may lift up prayers that bring results... they can discover the joy of reconciliation and forgiveness... they can live in peace with those who once were their enemies... they can find joy in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain, and hope in the face of despair. This is the "healing" that Son of Righteousness arose to bring (Malachi 3 above) and which, even now, is His continuing work.
What a glorious Savior we have! All is summed up in this: it is know Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection. It is to know Jesus Christ, the One who stands as having been crucified, killed on a cross and laid in a tomb, but Who is no longer in that state. He is Risen from the dead and death has no claim over Him ever again. The last enemy to be thrown into the lake of fire is death itself, but the death blow to death has been struck... Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ of God, dealt that blow on the first Easter morning.
Happy Easter and may God grant you joy beyond description as you contemplate what this day represents!