Jesus wasn’t a philosopher looking for a following or a creator of a religion begging for a place of popular acceptance among the world’s religions. He came as Heaven’s Champion conquering sin and challenging death. No other religion claims its founder arose from the dead or predicted his own resurrection. No man is rich enough to buy his way out of death; no man is smart enough to outwit death; and no man is strong enough to out muscle death. The grave always wins. Our Jesus, though, said, “… fear not, I am the first and the last. I am He that liveth and was dead; and behold I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death Revelation 1:17, 18.” He is the One and ONLY One to challenge death and beat it. The Resurrection is not a message just for the Easter Holiday season but a message that should be heard all the time. It is what makes Jesus and Christianity stand out from all the false religions of our day. He is the ONE and ONLY CHAMPION.
Jesus did not die on the cross just to establish and offer morality but immortality. The Bible declares immortality to be the culmination of our experience. “Who ONLY hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen 1 Tim 6:16.” “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel 2 Tim 1:10.” He defeated sin and death but also paid the price for immortality for all who believe.