A new start! Jesus needs a new start? What about Good Friday, “It is finished”, and an Easter sunrise service why would Jesus need a new start? Growing up in a denominational church, which observed Lent and had grand Easter services I guess I always thought that Easter Day was it. Everything was done by noon on Easter Sunday. Jesus rose from the dead, He had the Keys back and His time on the cross settled everything. HE DID ALL OF THAT AND MORE! I believe that Jesus only needed to be the sacrifice for my/our sin ONCE. His work on the cross is/was finished and He sprinkled His blood on the Mercy Seat Himself and it does not need to be done again.
The new start I am talking about is not dealing with His sacrifice. He got several new titles and honestly the work of starting His Kingdom was not done. What He did after the Resurrection is the work that was foreshadowed by Moses and Joshua. Both of these leaders had work to do after their (first) Passovers. Jesus stayed around for forty days because He had work to finish before His Ascension and the birthing of His Church (Pentecost).
The Shadows of the New Start
Moses’ Passover, which birthed the nation of Israel brought them out of Egypt and started them to the Promised Land. The first part of the trip became the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The parting of the Red Sea (baptism) took them away from the swords and brickyards of Egypt. The first true destination for Israel was to sacrifice and worship God at the Mountain. It was here that Moses received the Law.
Joshua’s Passover was held in the Promised Land, as the start of the Land of Israel. The Ark and the people passed through the Jordan River (baptism). After defeating Jericho and Ai, they traveled to the mountains of Blessing and Curses. Part of the ceremony here was to build an altar, worship God, and Joshua copied the Law onto stone tablets. He then had to lead the people in conquering the land and dividing it for the tribes.
Jesus had two very similar experiences with the Jordan. The first was His personal baptism by John that was followed by forty days in the wilderness (Matthew 3 and 4). Satan did take Him to a high mountain (4:8). The second one was His final trip to Jerusalem and His death on Mount Calvary.
What Started New for Jesus
Some of these are very subjective on my part.
- His priesthood, that is like Melchizedek’s priesthood. Hebrews 5, 7 and 8
- He holds the keys of Death and Hades. Revelations 1:18
- He is the mediator of the new covenant. 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 8:6, 9:15, and 12:24
- A new seat and footstool. Revelations 3:21 and Hebrews 1:13
- He has a new name. Revelations 3:12
- He gives authority. Revelations 2:26-27
- The Spirit could now come and be our Helper.
Hebrews and Revelation have more of these new things or things that He is now worthy to do. I am going to add that He can now minister to the Gentiles. Remember He was sent to the House of Israel.
A New Appearance
In the Book of Revelations, His appearance is different. Shock, joy, or unbelief may have caused people to not recognize Him but here are the verses that lean toward Him appearing different: Matthew 28:17, Mark 16:12, Luke 24:16 and 40, John 20:14 and 21:4 and 11. I just have a feeling that His new appearance was between His first earthly appearance and what He looked like when He transfigured on top of the mountain.
There are many verses that proclaim Jesus as the Resurrection or talk about His resurrection. Matthew 22:31 and 27:53; Luke 14:14 and 20:36; and John 11:25 are just a few of these verses. In studying the word “resurrection” it seems our modern usage of it is centered or even defined by what Jesus did or what the dead will do. This is great and I do value that resurrection is associated with Jesus. But we need to remember that there was a transformation that took place. Jesus was not restored to what He was before He was put on the cross. He came out better or “new”. (Steven Furtick started some of this idea in his sermon on 2/28/21.)
The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines the word resurrection as “a rising again”. My Strong’s Concordance defines it as “standing up”. I like that better because this shows me what Jesus did. He stood up again. Standing gives me the idea that He was about to start doing new things. Let us look at a very important verse that Jesus said.
John 12:32 (KJV) And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
This is a reference that Jesus made about how He would die on the cross. But as our Master Teacher often does this term has another layer of meaning. The NIV has a footnote that the term “lifted up” also means to be exalted. The Orthodox Jewish Bible (OBJ) has the term “hagbah” for the term “lifted up”. This is the word/term for the act of lifting up the Torah for the congregation to see as it is read during a service. Jesus is the Word. So, if we lift up or exalt Jesus, the Word, all men will be drawn to Him.
Jesus was hagbah on the cross for our sin. His resurrection, His new start, or Him standing up again, was so we would lift Him up.