“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?” (Psalm 24:3) – only Jesus Christ, our great Saviour!
Jesus went down to the place of suffering and death – and, then, God raised him from death to life.
Through Jesus, we are raised to life. We do not raise ourselves. We have been raised by him – and we will be raised with him: “You have been raised with Christ … When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:1,4).
For us, death has been defeated. It isn’t defeated by us. It was defeated for us – by Jesus. Jesus didn’t die for himself. He hadn’t sinned – and he didn’t need to be saved. He died for us. He is our Saviour.
At the heart of our faith is “the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
“The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”: What joy this brings to us – joy while we’re here on earth, fullness of joy when we will be with him in his everlasting glory: “Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9).