The Firstborn from the Dead

In the first chapter of Colossians, the apostle Paul refers to Jesus as “the firstborn from the dead.”  In the first chapter of Revelation, the apostle John does so as well.  This is a stunning description of Jesus, absolutely true and important in every way.

Death had been the natural course for human beings ever since the beginning of creation when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command.  No one had ever escaped death.  Everyone who died was held permanently captive by it.  God’s faithful hoped that He would do something about this dilemma, but no one knew His plan.  No one knew it, that is, until Jesus was raised from the dead, or should we say, was born from the dead. 

People had been raised from the dead before.  It was rare but it had happened.  Even Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.  But Lazarus eventually had to die again; Jesus wouldn’t be there in the flesh to continue raising him.  God’s solution was to birth people from the dead so that they would never die again.  Jesus was the firstborn of this plan. 

One of the unmistakable implications of the term “firstborn” is that there would be others.  For if something is “first,” how can it be the “only”?  In fact, it was for the others (i.e., us – those who are subject to death) that Jesus Himself went through this process.  He did not need the redemption for Himself for He was the Author of life!

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.

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