Most people see the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ as him overcoming death. They believe that at his resurrection he finally achieved victory over death, in which he did not have until that day. But the truth is, death had no hold on him. He could not have given his life if he did not possess it. He gave his life for us, in that, he was the manifestation of righteousness. He walked the earth knowing the heart of mankind, knowing they would crucify him. He was able to translate himself, to heal the sick and raise the dead. He said if you see me you see the Father. He was the way, the truth, and the life. He was of the Father and a manifestation of the Father. There was no sin found in him, therefore, there was no death working in him.
First John 3:5, says that Christ was “manifested” to take away our sins, and that in him is no sin.
“For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:21-22).
Our Savior was born the Way, Truth and Life. His flesh was quickened, made alive, by his very connection to his Father. John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb, but Christ (Jesus) was the Holy Spirit made manifest in flesh. Romans 8:11 tells us, “If the Spirit of him that raised up Christ from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.” If the Father was “in” the Son, which he was, then his body was immortal and he chose to allow it to be crucified for a reason.
Christ was our example from birth. He was then, and is now, teaching and bringing humankind unto the Father. He leads us to the crucifixion of our fleshly nature, saying, “Pick up your cross and follow me.” He commanded his disciples to share the Gospel and to be the light of truth for all to see even unto their physical deaths. They, too, were going to give their lives for the Gospel’s sake and for the sake of mankind, which is the greatest gift one can give. They shared the truth knowing they would be killed by the rebellious and evil. They picked up their cross; they accepted responsibility, they listened for the voice of the Holy Spirit, and spread the Gospel until they, too, were martyred. They sacrificed their flesh for something greater than flesh.
If our Savior died on the cross so we didn’t have to die, then he would not have said for us to pick up our cross and follow him. He played out in the natural what we are to do in the spiritual. We are to take our old man of sin and crucify him.
Our Savior was born in a natural stable that is symbolic to our flesh. The stable was where people left their beast of burdens and those animals they rode on when they traveled. Our flesh with its beastly nature is our vehicle in which we journey unto the Father. We abide in a temple that is of the first Adam’s nature. But the vehicle (flesh) in which we travel is not who we are for we are spirits sent to take dominion over the flesh and to overcome sin while in the flesh, always remembering that this mortal must put on immortality by the transforming of our minds. Paul said, in Romans 12:2, “… be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh.”
Christ leads us by example. Our cross is all those things in our lives that influences us and makes us what we are, our feelings, our viewpoints, concepts, genetics, and our surroundings. We are to follow the Anointed Word to the death of our first nature. Then we will resurrect a new person, one likened unto the second Adam. We, too, will be physical manifestations transformed into the image of our Father.
At his crucifixion, Christ put into action, in the natural, how we are to crucify one nature to make place for a new nature. The nature of the first Adam has no resemblance of the Father. When we are controlled by our fleshly nature, we are self-centered and unaware of Holy Spirit. As we seek righteousness and truth and adhere to it, we are crucified by our adversaries – it is cause and effect. When we adhere to righteousness, those in darkness, those who are rebellious and evil, will attack. They will poke fun and accuse us of being foolish until our old adamic nature is dead. When we are joined to the second Adam (Christ) we will say, “Father forgive them for they don’t have any idea what they are doing.”
At the crucifixion of that first Adam, we are joined to the Second Adam and will bring forth his seed, his fruit of righteousness. We will see that we have victory over sin and death – over the nature of the first Adam.
It is life, the manifestation of the Father, that saves from sin. Our Savior’s crucifixion was the end result of carnal man’s rebellion and ignorance. The Father’s love for his creation allowed mankind to fulfill their will toward our Savior, the manifested Word, and the manifestation of their Father. The Savior proved to them that his will was greater than their will. He took what they meant for evil and used it for their good. He showed them that he had power over death and that he loved them enough to die for them. He showed them that he was the Son of mankind like they were and that through him they would inherit eternal life. He promised that he would return in them, in a many membered body, and become one with them/us.
Yahweh so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son [as a manifestation of himself], that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).