Why did Jesus need to be crucified? What’s the importance of His Resurrection in our daily lives? These questions intrigue many scholars of the Gospel and the Apocalypse of the Divine Arisen and also those who know biblical stories in general.
Before answering those questions, we first need to look at the Holy Scriptures and understand that Jesus knew about the sacrifice to which He would be subjected, as we find in the account of the Evangelist Matthew 17:22-23:
“When they came together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, ‘The Son of God is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill Him and on the third day He will be raised to life.’”
And at the same time, He was already comforting His disciples, and all of us, by reaffirming His great victory over death.
But would the Ecumenical Christ, the Divine Statesman, not have been victorious even without being crucified? Through such a sacrifice, He demonstrated His immense Love for Humanity. With His example of dedication to others, Jesus inspired us and taught us how to live in an ethical, just, kind, and ecumenical way (Christ helped everybody without distinction: women, children, the sick, people who were considered sinners, etc.).
Therefore, Jesus accepted the challenge of crucifixion so we could truly learn the lesson. In doing so, He changed the paradigm of Humanity, by teaching the Divine Love, which is God. The President-Preacher of the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, José de Paiva Netto, states:
“When they enthroned Him on the Cross, He flagrantly became King. He already was, and at that moment He was so constituted in the sight of all, above the still tearful eyes of Humanity. Because He was and is the paradigm of a model of resistance to moral and spiritual pain, He was lifted up as the example we must all follow.” (extract from his book Jesus, a Dor e origem de Sua Autoridade – O Poder do Cristo em Nós [Jesus, the Pain and Origin of His Authority - The Power of Christ Within Us], page 227, standard version).
It is important to emphasize that we should never cause ourselves suffering in a deliberate way, nor surrender to pain thinking that things will be solved naturally. That is not what Jesus taught. On the contrary, He showed us that it is possible to endure and overcome pain, that nothing is impossible when we follow His steps:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (Gospel according to John 14:12).
Therefore, we are able to courageously face the challenges of life, overcome them, and draw valuable lessons from them for building our character and a happier life, both individually and collectively.
“If Jesus had not risen from the dead there would not have been Christianity.”
The victory of the Living Christ over death influenced the lives of the disciples and ours as well, in many ways. This sublime fact brought us revelations about the existence of the Spiritual World, and every day gives us courage and renewed hope for overcoming adversity and our own limitations. After overcoming the impossible, because of His Love for Humanity, He acquired the Moral and Spiritual Authority needed to affirm in His Gospel according to John 16:33:
“In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
That is why we exalt the Resurrection of Jesus, according to Paiva Netto’s memorable speech on April 1, 1989, traditionally known as the All Fools' Day, but which was consecrated in the Religion of the Third Millennium as the Day of Truth. On April 1, 1983, Paiva Netto launched his book, Jesus, and made the Proclamation of Jesus Alive and the defense of this innovative message.
“On April 1, 1983, Good Friday, at Casa D’Itália, in the city of Salvador/BA (Brazil), when launching the Livro Jesus [Jesus Book], I declared: In His victory over death lies the driving force of Christianity and His disciples’ certainty of triumphing over themselves. The main message of Holy Week in the present time, when people insist on invoking death, making it their goddess, is that the Divine Master was never really dead. The Spirit does not die. That is the reason why we are immortal.
We were created in the image and likeness of the Almighty. And 'God is Spirit', as the Heavenly Educator revealed to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well (The Gospel according to John 4:24). Jesus-Spirit reappeared to human eyes. With this extraordinary act He made appear in the soul of His followers the necessary courage to face up to all hatred and worldly persecution, without them also being bearers of this harmful behavior.
That is why I always emphasize that bravery is to accept a task, however difficult it may appear, and seeing it through to the end courageously without becoming disheartened and with one’s eyes fixed on the Christ of God”, writes the president-preacher of the Religion of Universal Love, in his article The Sublime Existence among us.
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1 Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit — also called the Religion of the Third Millennium, and the Religion of Universal Love. This is the Ecumenical Religion of Brazil and the world.