For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. – 1 Corinthians 15:22
Beloved, I cannot speak as I would of Him. The blaze of this Sun blinds me! Yet consider how great this man was in His death; for then He appeared as the great Sin-offering, putting away the sin of His people. The Lord had made to meet in Him the iniquity of us all. What a weight was on Him, yet He sustained it! The wrath of God on account of sin fell upon Him who had never sinned, and He bore it all. A penalty which must have made a hell for us for ever was exacted of our Lord upon the cross, and He discharged it. He drank the whole of our bitter cup. He bore in Himself all that was necessary to vindicate the divine justice until He could truly say, “It is finished.” “Lama Sabachthani” is the most terrible word that ever came from human lips; and therefore “It is finished” is the greatest utterance that tongue ever gave forth. The work was colossal; what if I say it was infinite; and therefore our Lord Jesus when He cried “It is finished,” had reached the summit of greatness.
Now, beloved, consider for a minute “how great this Man was” when He rose again; for He could not be holden with the bonds of death, and His body could not see corruption. It was a great thing in itself for Christ to rise, but what I want you to remember is, that we all rose in Him. “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive;” and especially His covenanted people were raised up together with Him. There was for His redeemed a death in His death and a rising again in His rising again; for we have been made partakers of His resurrection, and we live in newness of life by His rising from the dead. This is His cry as He rises from the tomb, “Because I live ye shall live also.” “Consider how great this Man was” whose life imparts life to all who are in Him. ~ C.H. Spurgeon