Easter is upon the world. Christians worldwide will be celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ after His humiliation, violent affliction, and brutal death. Christ’s return to life is more than just a miracle. It is God’s own verification that Jesus truly was His Son and the Cross is now established as God’s final declaration on the affairs of mankind. That declaration clarifies much that is confused among men and does so by assaulting the pride than men gladly use to sow confusion for their own selfish gain.
The First Assault
The Cross of Christ is God’s declaration of man’s guilt in light of His perfection. Jesus came to die and save sinners which means that there are sinners who need to be saved. If mankind were innocent, there would be no need for a savior. This assaults the human idea of man being morally perfect in all that he does. After all, in the twenty-first century, man is building a new world based on science, atheism, and universal human rights. By his pursuits toward his own perfection, man has declared his innocence. For God to come and say that man is guilty before Him is an insult to man. Human pride challenges God’s right to make moral judgments over the earth.
The Second Assault
Having declared that man is imperfect before God’s perfection, God again assails human pride by telling man that his efforts to correct his own imperfection are themselves imperfect and thus futile. Again, man points toward his own efforts to promote universal love and perfect personhood as proof positive that he can and will achieve his own perfection without need of the Cross. God insults these efforts by making them null and void and declaring that only Jesus Christ, not science or philosophy or another religion, can make perfect that which is imperfect. Human pride challenges God’s right to set the standard by which man can achieve perfection.
The Painful Victory
Man lusts for his own moral perfection and believes he can achieve it through his own moral works. Christ has come to say that, no, man is guilty and incapable and that only God is wholly capable of fulfilling such things. Despite numerous and obvious failures of man’s determined defiance of his Creator, he persists. In the end, God will establish Himself as being right and just and man will be forced to accept it and it will be a very painful lesson.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).