The Weekly Perspective

by Burke Shade, Assistant Pastor

It’s Easter! It’s Resurrection Sunday! Has Moses come to mind this morning?

He hasn’t? Well, he should! As a pre-figure/type of Jesus, we can learn a lot about what Jesus accomplished in his death and resurrection by looking at Moses. After all, Moses died the night of Passover, holed up in the pit of his house, only to rise the next morning to save the nation. In fact, the whole nation was united to his resurrection as they were baptized into him in the cloud and sea (1 Corinthians 10).

And Joseph? He died in a pit and gloriously rose to save the nation with bread!

And Samson? He died when his hair was cut off (Holy Spirit departed him), but he repented and was once again filled with the Spirit to save his nation in crushing the head of the serpent by killing all 4,000 Philistine lords in one fell swoop (pun intended).

And the three young men? They died in the fiery pit, but through their faithfulness and resurrection saved their people since Nebuchadnezzar made a decree to leave them alone, and not say anything against their God.

So we learn what Jesus’ resurrection means as their fulfillment: he died to crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3.15), gave his blood to cleanse his people, and rose to life that we all might live in him! In union with him as the resurrected savior, he died for our sins and justifies us before God; in him, we are made right and have life with the Father! “…who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Rom 4.25).

He is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!