The resurrection of Jesus was not an arbitrary act of God. Rather, it was the definitive conquest of other-centered love over the death-dealing principle of self-centeredness inherent in all sin.
According to Paul, “the law of the Spirit of life” and “the law of sin and death” waged their decisive conflict in the person of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:2). Having taken upon Himself our “sinful flesh,” Jesus lived a life and died a death that “condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). He lived a sinless life, uncorrupted by selfishness, in the very human nature in which the principle of sin had always reigned. Sin never owned Him. By virtue of His unrelenting love for sinners and His unbroken trust in the Father, Christ neutralized the power of sin in the very humanity we bear. His resurrection is proof of that victory:
“God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him” (Acts 2:24, NIV).
Why was it impossible for death to hold Him?
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