So there’s one thing not many people know about me, I love to paint. Not sure if I’m any good, but for someone with no vision in their right eye and only 20% in their left, my paintings would be brilliant. There is just one problem, I rarely finnish a painting. I will have this perfect image in mind and then what I paint doesn’t come close to the image I want. I then have to wipe out everything and start all over. The relentless pursuit of perfection….
When Jesus died the whole human race died, when He was raised from the dead the whole human race was raised up with Him. Everything was made new in Jesus Christ, our point of defining who we really are, is found in Christ, and in Christ alone.
In the pursuit of perfecting mankind, God would just not let up. He wanted His image and likeness represented in man. God was relentless in this pursuit and it eventually God sent His only son to die on a cross. Jesus died not just to rescue man, but also to rescue His own image in man. God would stop at nothing, He would have His image and likeness restored in man, even if it meant totally destroying man and starting all over again.
Like a painter wiping out a bad painting, God did wipe out the entire human race when He included man in the death of Jesus Christ. But like a painter starting over and painting the perfect, and I mean perfect, no really, perfect image, God included us in the resurrection and ascension of Christ!
The only proper reference in the Old Testament to resurrection after three days is in the book of Hosea.
Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us;he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.” (Hosea 6:1, 2 ESV)
The only one in the Old Testament….. AND IT INCLUDES US!!! It is a vivid demonstration of the dedication of God to do what He promised…