Why Lord Jesus is risen? Is it because the extraordinary power of God that has raised Him? If it is merely the power of God that has raised without considering the behavior of Lord Jesus, then it means that God is unfair and supports nepotism. The truth is, Lord Jesus is risen because He is “righteous”. In Hebrew 5:7 it is written: During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to The One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Please pay attention to the sentence “He was heard because of His reverent submission”. The word “reverent submission” comes from its original text eulabeias (εὐλαβείας), which means fear of God, piety, righteousness.
If Lord Jesus is not righteous, He still remains in grave. So, His resurrection is the proof that He “passed”; He has been obedient to the Father, by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross. It is His own achievement, which means that the Father did not give facilities for Him to win easily or can live righteously with ease. It should be remembered that the work of Jesus Christ is not a dramatical performance. It is not a story written up or a scenario that its storyline has been set up.
The life of Lord Jesus is entirely directed to the will of the Father. This is aligned with previous statement of Lord Jesus, that “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work”.1 This philosophy is against or contrary with the philosophy of the fallen Lucifer. The philosophy of Lucifer is, “I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High”. 2 Two personalities that are very contrast.
So, speaking of the power of the Lord’s resurrection, we should not only relate it with the spectacular power of God that is mystical or supernatural. The main reason for resurrection of Lord Jesus is not because the spectacular” or supernatural power of God that can resurrect His body from death, but rather His obedience to the Father.4 Therefore, the power of Lord Jesus’ resurrection lies within His obedience to the Father. This obedience is not only the obedience to follow the law but to what is desired by the Father. There is a kind of “rule” that should be enforced. If Lord Jesus did not obey the Father, then Father would not raise Him. If the Father raised Lord Jesus because He is the Son of God – not because of His obedience – then God supported nepotism and was unfair.
God firmly determines if supposedly that Lord Jesus is not obedient to death, then He will never be risen. Does the Father have a heart to do it? Absolutely. As the Father did not spare Lucifer, His prince, by throwing him into the earth and will be later thrown into eternal darkness, so will the Father act firmly to His only Son if He is not obedient. Hallelujah, the Lamb of God is obedient to the Father in Heaven. It means His victory. His victory is not only the victory for Himself; rather it is a victory for the Father and all chosen people.
To have resurrection just like experienced by Lord Jesus with His quality of resurrection (and perhaps with the quality of glorious body just like Lord Jesus), someone must have obedience just like the obedience of Lord Jesus. Therefore, it is said that we must be victorious just like Him.5 The resurrection of Lord Jesus can happen not because the mighty power of God and of Lord Jesus alone (we understand that the mighty power of God is unquestionable), but actually the resurrection of Lord Jesus happened because of His obedience. Obedient to death, an absolute and unconditional obedience to the Father (meaning that stay obedient whatever happens) is the key to or condition of His victory. Certainly, we who want to be resurrected as well need to experience death; death to sin and world pleasure.
1) John 4:34; 2) Isaiah 14:14 ; 3) Philippians 3:9-10 ; 4) Hebrew 5:7 ; 5) Revelation 2:7,11,17,26; 3:5,12,21.