Hebrews 9:16 "Where there is a testament, there is the necessity of the death of the Testator"
What do you think is God’s greatest demonstration of His power? Most people would probably think of creation. The more scientists study the universe, the more rational is the case for a personal Creator as the Cause for its existence. It’s a tragedy our children are not taught in our public schools the facts of the universe coming to be from nothing, the Anthropic Principle, the Fine Tuned Universe, or the precision in the laws that control the universe. It would be easy then to make the connections for them in our church Sunday Schools how these scientific facts of our universe are explainable through a biblical worldview.
Robert Jastrow, the former director of NASA’s Goddard Space Center and a PhD in Theoretical Physics, once famously made this point for us: "Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover. That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact."
But while our children are denied this knowledge in public school, I would contend that His act of creation is not the greatest demonstration of His power. After all, He just spoke, and everything popped into being. Doesn’t sound like He sweated too much over it, does it? Psalm 33:6 says it best: "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth." As Dr. Jastrow, and many others after him, have testified, the best explanation for our universe and life itself is a Creative God.
So if creation sounds like it was no sweat for God, where is God’s power most put on display? Luke 22:44 tells us: "And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. And His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground." In this moment in history, Luke is documenting the condition of the Creator Himself as He prepares to be broken for His greatest creation, us. This is God’s greatest demonstration of His power – the consecration of Jesus Christ for the redemption of mankind.
Consecration in the New Testament means ‘separation or dedication to through death.’ It’s the concept of the required death of a sacrifice to give life to another. And biblical consecration can only be actualized through brokenness. This is what Isaiah meant in chapter 53, verse 5 and 10: "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed… It pleased the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief." The breaking of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, on the cross is the dedication through death that makes eternal life possible for every person on earth.
The apostle Paul explains in Romans 1:16 that God’s greatest act of power is revealed to mankind at the Cross of Calvary, in the gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that we must never be ashamed to share that good news: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…"
But there’s even more good news: not only is God’s greatest act of power revealed at the Cross – this awesome power of God is released at the Resurrection of Jesus. You see, God has a specific purpose in the death and resurrection of Christ, and it’s explained in very practical terms in our verse from Hebrews for this week. We all know that when we write our last will and testament, we specify the future promises we make to our loved ones that only become reality at our death.
This idea of a testament comes from the Bible. Allow God to speak to you in these verses: "Where there is a testament, there must also be the necessity of the death of the testator. For a testament is in full force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. Therefore not even the first covenant was CONSECRATED without blood." Just as in our last will and testament, God’s promise He made from the beginning of time, to provide a way to eternal life for every person, has been accomplished through the willing death of Jesus Christ as a free gift to you. And His resurrection, which we just celebrated this past Sunday, is God’s guarantee that He has kept His promise.
Ed Croteau is a resident of Lee’s Summit and hosts a weekly study in Lees Summit called "Faith: Substance and Evidence." He can be reached with your questions through the Lee’s Summit Tribune at Editor@lstribune.net.